Pentti Hakkarainen (1958), M.Sc. (Econ.), LL.M. with court training
Pentti Hakkarainen has been the Chairman of Finnvera’s Board of Directors since 2017. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Olvi plc. Hakkarainen has worked as Finance Director at Outokumpu Corporation and as CEO both at OKOBANK plc and at Postipankki plc. He was a member of the Board of the Bank of Finland in 2002–2017 and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Finland and Chairman of the Board of the Financial Supervisory Authority in 2008–2017. Hakkarainen has been a full-time member of the European Central Bank’s Banking Supervisory Board since 2017.
First Vice Chairman
Antti Neimala (1963), LL.M. with court training, Director General
Antti Neimala has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and a member of the Board’s Remuneration Committee since 29 March 2019. Neimala has worked as Director General of the Employment and Well-functioning Markets Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment since August 2018. Before that, he worked as Director General of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and as Consumer Ombudsman. Neimala held the position of Vice Managing Director and in other executive posts at the Federation of Finnish Enterprises in 2001–2004 and 2007–2017 and worked as Project Manager at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2004–2007 and as Director of the SME Unit at the Confederation of Finnish Industries in 2010.
Second Vice Chairman
Terhi Järvikare (1970), Lic.Sc. (Econ.), Director General
Terhi Järvikare has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors since 2017. She has worked as Director General of the Tax Department of the Ministry of Finance since 2015. In 2012–2015, Järvikare was Director, Taxation at Finland Chamber of Commerce. Before that, she worked in the Ministry of Finance: as a Senior Officer in 1996–2005 and as a Ministerial Adviser in 2005–2012.
Ritva Laukkanen (1954), M.Sc. (Econ.)
Ritva Laukkanen has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors since 2017. She has held in various board positions since 2012. Laukkanen chairs the Board of the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd (Finnfund) and is a member of the Board of AccessHolding Microfinance AG Berlin. 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.
Pekka Nuuttila (1956), forester
Pekka Nuuttila has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors and a member of the Board’s Audit Committee since 29 March 2019. He has held various board positions since 1991. Nuuttila has been a member of Kauppahuone Laakkonen Oy’s Board of Directors since 2018 and the Chairman of Suomen Luotto-osuuskunta’s Board of Directors since 2012. He was a member of Realia Group Oy’s Board of Directors in 2003–2017, a member of Finland Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors until 2014 and the Vice Chairman of Luottokunta’s Board of Directors in 2009–2012. Nuuttila worked at Nordea Bank Finland Plcas Director of Finnish banking operations in 2008–2012 and as Deputy Director responsible for corporate banks in Finland in 2012–2018. Before that, he held various positions in Nordea and its predecessors.
Pirkko Rantanen-Kervinen (1949), B.Sc. (Econ.)
Pirkko Rantanen-Kervinen has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors since 2013. She was a member of the Board of LocalTapiola Mutual Insurance Company until the end of 2018. In 1974–2010, Rantanen-Kervinen held various executive posts at Saga Furs Oyj, most recently as CEO.
Antti Zitting (1956), M.Sc. (Tech.), Enterprise Counsellor
Antti Zitting has been a member of Finnvera’s Board of Directors since 2015. Until 2014 he worked as an entrepreneur in Sacotec Components Oy and serves currently as Chairman of the Boards of the Sacotec companies. Zitting is also a member of the Boards of the following companies and organisations: The Finnish Olympic Committee, Sten&Co Oy Ab and Plastep Oy. He chairs the Board of the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and the Finnish Basketball Association. In addition, Zitting was the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (as of 1 January 2019: the Employment Fund) in 2018, and he will be the Vice Chair in 2019.
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, Deputy CEO, the Executive Vice President, Large Corporates, the Executive Vice President, SMEs, the Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Administration, the Senior Vice President, Finance and IT, the Senior Vice President, Communications and HR, and the Chief Risk Officer.
Pauli Heikkilä (1962), D.Sc. (Tech.)
Chairman of the Management Group, Corporate
Management and the Management Group on Financing 2005–
Excellence Finland, Advisory Board Member 2005–
Topi Vesteri (1956), LL.M.
Deputy CEO, Group Chief Credit Officer
Management Group Member 2005–
Member of Corporate Management and the Management Group on Financing 1999–
Finnish Export Credit Ltd, Chairman of the Board 2004–
Jussi Haarasilta (1973) LL.M., M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Executive Vice President, Large Corporates
Management Group Member 2015–
Member of Corporate Management and the Management Group on Financing 2015–
Finnish Export Credit Ltd, Board Member
Juuso Heinilä (1978), M.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Econ. Bus. Adm.)
Executive Vice President, SMEs
Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 1 September 2018
Ulla Hagman (1969), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Senior Vice President, Finance and IT
Member of the Management Group and
Corporate Management as of 1 September 2007
Committee for Corporate Analysis, Board Member 2004–
Committee for Corporate Analysis, Chairman of the Certified Credit Analyst working group 2004–
Finnish Export Credit ltd, Board Member 2010-
Risto Huopaniemi (1975), LL.M.
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Administration
Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 15 December 2009
Erityispalvelujen Työnantajaliitto ry, Board Member 2010–
Tarja Svartström (1971), M.Sc.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and HR
Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 9 May 2011
Merja Välimäki (1962), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Chief Risk Officer, Risk and Quality Management
Member of the Management Group and Corporate Management as of 1 October 2015
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 repersentatives of personnel organisations.
Mikko Vänttinen (1964), Vocational Qualification in Business and Administration
Regional Director, Eastern Finland
Member of the Corporate Management Team as of 1 January 2018
Heikki Lähdesmäki (1961), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
Member of Corporate Management 2006–
Personnel organisation Finnveran Akavalaiset ry
Päivi Mylläri (1965) BBA
Member of Corporate Management 20014–
Personnel organisation Finnveran Toimihenkilöt ry, Member
Mika Johansson (1981), M.Sc.
Member of Corporate Management 2019–
Erityisrahoituksen Ammattilaiset ERA Pro ry, Member
Helsinki, Lappeenranta , Kotka
Regional Director Anna Karppinen
Regional Manager Janne Koivuniemi
Regional Manager Matti Reijonen
Regional Manager Anneli Soppi
Pori, Turku, Vaasa
Regional Director Seija Pelkonen
Regional Manager John Erickson
Regional Manager Pia Kiuru
Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Mikkeli
Regional Director Mikko Vänttinen
Regional Manager Hannu Puhakka
Lahti, Seinäjoki, Tampere
Regional Director Juha Ketola
Regional Manager Kari Hytönen
Regional Manager Heli Liinanki
Kajaani, Oulu, Rovaniemi
Regional Director Pasi Vartiainen
Regional Manager Kari Tuominen