Organisation

Finnvera operates in 15 locations across Finland. On this page, you can find information about Finnvera's organisation.

Organisation

Responsibility for Finnvera’s governance and operations is vested in the General Meeting of Shareholders, the Supervisory Board, the Board of Directors, and the Chief Executive Officer.

See the organigram for the company’s business areas and units as well as the regional organisation.

Finnvera's organisation.

Supervisory Board

Chairman

Sofia Vikman
Member of Parliament (National Coalition Party)

Vice Chairman

Seppo Eskelinen
Member of Parliament (Finnish Social Democratic Party)

Members

Hilkka Kemppi
Member of Parliament (Finnish Centre Party)

Mari Laaksonen
Chair of the Council (Federation of Finnish Enterprises)

Rami Lehtinen
Member of Parliament (Finns Party)

Aki Lindén
Member of Parliament (Finnish Social Democratic Party)

Kari Luoto
Managing Director (Finnish Grocery Trade Association)

Veli-Matti Mattila
Director, Chief Economist (Finance Finland FFI)

Seppo Nevalainen
Economist (Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK)

Martin Paasi
Chairman  (The Finnish Business School Graduates)

Onni Rostila
Member of Parliament (Finns Party)

Hanna Sarkkinen
Member of Parliament (Left Alliance)

Katja Syvärinen
Director (The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK)

Mari-Leena Talvitie
Member of Parliament (National Coalition Party)

Tommi Toivola
Director (Confederation of Finnish Industries)

Sofia Virta
Member of Parliament (Greens)

Ville Väyrynen
Member of Parliament (National Coalition Party)

Annika Ylätalo
Legal Council, Finnvera

Board of Directors

Chairman

Petri Ekman (1958), M.Sc. (Eng.)

Petri Ekman is the chairman of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Board's Remuneration and Nomination Committee. He has held expert and executive posts in corporate banking for a total of more than 20 years since 1987 at Postipankki, ABN AMRO Bank and Pohjola Bank as well as executive posts in corporate insurance at If P&C Insurance and Pohjola Insurance from 2005 to 2017. Ekman currently works as an independent consultant, is the Chairman of the Board of Euroclear Finland and a member of the Board of XMLdation.

First Vice Chairman

Elise Pekkala (1959), LL.M. with court training, Senior Government Adviser, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and the Board's Audit Committee since 17 March 2023.

Elise Pekkala is responsible for comprehensive competition policy at the Labour and Trade Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Pekkala has previously headed a state aid group and served as an advisor to various ministries in restructuring projects on market activities, among other positions. She chaired the Board of the State Guarantee Fund in 2019–2023 and was a member of Finnvera's Board of Directors in 2004–2014.

Second Vice Chairman

Mikko Spolander (1967), Lic.Sc. (Econ.), Director General, the Ministry of Finance 

Member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and the Board's Risk Committee since 17 March 2023.

Mikko Spolander serves as Director General of the Economics Department at the Ministry of Finance. Spolander is a member of the Ministry's Senior Management Group and the Chairman of the Board of the Financial Stability Fund, a member of the Representatives of the Finnish Centre for Pensions, a member of the Advisory Board of Statistics Finland as well as Finland's Head Delegate in the OECD Economic Policy Committee (EPC).

Members

Hannu Jaatinen (1957), M.Sc. (Econ.)

Hannu Jaatinen is a member of Finnvera's Board of Directors, the chairman of the Board's Audit Committee and a member of the Board's Remuneration and Nomination Committee. From 1985 to 2020, he held expert and executive positions in OP Financial Group's corporate research, risk management and corporate banking, most recently as Executive Vice President of OP Corporate Bank Plc.

Ritva Laukkanen (1954), M.Sc. (Econ.)

Ritva Laukkanen has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors since 2017 and is the chairman of the Board’s Risk Committee. In 1990–2011, she held several executive posts at International Finance Corporation IFC, which is part of the World Bank Group. Before IFC, Laukkanen worked for 10 years in various positions at American Scandinavian Banking Corporation in New York, as a director in corporate lending, for instance. She has held various board positions since 2012. Laukkanen is a member of the Board of AccessHolding Microfinance AG Berlin.

Anne Nurminen (1981)

Anne Nurminen is a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and the Board's Risk Committee. Nurminen works as CEO at a family owned engineering workshop company Helkone Group Ltd and at Pixy Finland Ltd, which focuses on equestrian coaching. In addition, she is Chairman of the Boards of Hellmanin Konepaja Ltd and Protools Ltd. Nurminen is a member of the Board of Directors at of Technology Industries of Finland as well as a member of the entrepreneur delegation at Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).

Elina Piispanen (1963), M.Sc. (Econ.)

Elina Piispanen is a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and a member of the Board’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Audit Committee. She has acted as Chief Transformation Officer in Sanoma Media Finland in 2016–2018 and prior to that she has made a career of nearly 30 years at Accenture, the world’s largest consulting and technology services company, in multiple business leadership and professional roles. Currently Piispanen acts as an independent consultant, is chair of Board at Red Cross First Aid company and a member of Board of Directors at Loihde, Oiva Isännöinti, Sitowise and Telko. 

Petri Viertiö (1962), M.Sc. (Eng.)

Petri Viertiö is a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and of the Board's Risk Committee. Viertiö is Chief Risk Officer at S-Bank and leads also the bank's ESG coordination group, which focuses on corporate responsibility. He has previously held risk management executive positions at Nordea, Danske Bank, Pohjola Bank and Sampo plc, among others. In addition, Viertiö has been a member of OP Life Assurance's Board of Directors and director of management advisory services at Ernst & Young.

Management Group and Corporate Management Group

The Management Group discusses issues relating to the strategy, policies on the operations and client work as well as ownership steering. The Management Group comprises the Managing Director; the Executive Vice President, Large Corporates; the Executive Vice President, SMEs; the Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Administration;  the Senior Vice President, Finance; Group Chief Credit Officer; Chief Digital Officer; Chief Risk Officer, and the Senior Vice President, Communications and HR.

Management Group

Pauli Heikkilä (1962), D.Sc. (Tech.)
CEO

Chairman of the Management Group, Corporate Management and the Management Group on Financing as of 2005
Excellence Finland, Advisory Board Member as of 2005
Member of the Team Finland Management Group as of 2016
Finnish Export Credit Ltd, Chairman of the Board as of 2019
Tesi (Finnish Industry Investment Ltd) Advisory Board Member as of 2023

Jussi Haarasilta (1973) LL.M., M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Executive Vice President, Large Corporates

Member of the Management Group, Corporate Management and the Management Group on Financing as of 2015
Finnish Export Credit Ltd, Board Member as of 2016
Finnfund, Board Member as of 2019

Juuso Heinilä (1978), M.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Econ. Bus. Adm.)
Executive Vice President, SMEs

Member of the Management Group, Corporate Management and the Management Group on Financing as of 2018

Ulla Hagman (1969), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Senior Vice President, Finance and Treasury

Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 2007
Finnish Export Credit ltd, Board Member as of 2010
FinnHEMS Oy, Board Member as of 2020

Risto Huopaniemi (1975), LL.M.
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Administration

Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 2009
Erityispalvelujen Työnantajaliitto ry, Board Member as of 2010

Tapio Jordan (1967), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), B.Sc. (agriculture and forestry)
Group Chief Credit Officer

Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 2019
Vice Chairman of the Management Group on Financing as of 2019

Minna Kaarto (1980), M.Sc. (Tech.)
Development director, (CDO, Chief Digitalisation Officer)

Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 2019

Tina Schumacher (1967), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), CEFA
Chief Risk Officer, Risk Control

Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 2019

Tarja Svartström (1971), M.Sc.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and HR

Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of  2011

The Corporate Management Team

The Corporate Management Team discusses matters that have a major impact on Finnvera Group’s personnel. Besides the members of the Management Group, the Corporate Management Team includes the Regional Director of Eastern Finland and representatives of personnel organisations.

Mikko Vänttinen (1964), Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration, eMBA
Regional Director, Eastern Finland

Member of the Corporate Management Team as of 2018

Heikki Lähdesmäki (1961), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Finance Manager

Member of Corporate Management as of 2006
Personnel organisation Finnveran Akavalaiset ry

Arja Parkkinen 
Development Specialist

Member of Corporate Management as of 2019
Erityisrahoituksen Ammattilaiset ERA Pro ry, Member

Regional organisation

Southern Finland
Helsinki, Lappeenranta

Regional Director Anna Karppinen
Regional Manager Anna-Mari Palo
Regional Manager Matti Reijonen
Regional Manager Marjo Seppälä

Western Finland
Pori, Turku, Vaasa

Regional Director Seija Pelkonen
Regional Manager Jyrki Isotalo
Regional Manager Päivi Kinnunen
Regional Manager Pia Kiuru

Eastern Finland
Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Mikkeli

Regional Director Mikko Vänttinen
Regional Manager Markus Raaska
Regional Manager Johanna Reinikainen

Central Finland
Lahti, Seinäjoki, Tampere

Regional Director Juha Ketola
Regional Manager Kari Hytönen
Regional Manager Heli Liinanki

Northern Finland
Kajaani, Oulu, Rovaniemi

Regional Director Pasi Vartiainen
Regional Manager Risto Koskiniemi

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