Corporate Executive Board

Veli-Matti Mattila

Chief Executive Officer

(1961), M.Sc. (Tech.), MBA, joined the company in 2003

Key employment history: CEO of Oy LM Ericsson Ab from 1997 to 2003. He has held various positions in the Ericsson Group in Finland and the USA since 1986. Mr Mattila’s previous career also includes expert advisory tasks at the Swiss firm Ascom Hasler AG.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Chairman of the Board and the Representative Assembly of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK, Member of the Board of Directors of Sampo plc, Member of the Board of Directors of the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla) and the Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, Member of the Supervisory Board of the Finnish Fair Association.

Asko Känsälä

Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President, Consumer Customers

(1957), M.Sc. (Tech.), joined the company and the Executive Board in 2003, Deputy CEO since 2016
 
Key employment history: Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers at Elisa, 2005–2007. Executive Vice President, Development at Elisa, 2003–2005. Sales Director, Nordic and Baltic sales unit, Ericsson Group and member of the management group, 2001–2003. Sales director, Oy LM Ericsson Ab, 1996–2001. Counsellor, Industry and Technology at Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, 1993–1996. Sales Manager at Hewlett Packard Oy, 1987–1993.

Timo Katajisto

Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers

(1968), M.Sc. (Tech.), joined the company and the Executive Board in 2008
 
Key employment history: Executive Vice President, Production at Elisa, 2008–2014. Member of the Executive Board, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2007, responsible for strategic projects and quality. Member of the Executive Board of Nokia Networks 2005–2007, responsible for production and network installation. Various positions at Nokia Networks and its predecessor Nokia Telecommunications, 1992–2005.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Board of Service Sector Employers Palta and Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee.

Jari Kinnunen

Chief Financial Officer

(1962), M.Sc. (Bus. Finance and Accounting), joined the company in 1999, member of the Executive Board since 2005

Key employment history: CEO and President of Yomi Plc, 2004. CFO of Elisa Kommunikation GmbH in Germany, 1999–2004. Managing Director of Polar International Ltd, 1996–1999 and Controller, 1990–1996. Controller at Oy Alftan Ab, 1987–1990.

Pasi Mäenpää

Executive Vice President, New Business Development

(1965), Diploma in Computer Science, MBA, joined the company and the Executive Boardin 2006
 
Key employment history: Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers at Elisa, 2007–2014. CEO of Cisco Systems Finland Oy, 2002–2006. Regional Manager for Central Europe at Netigy Corporation, 2000–2002. Vice President, Sales, Europe and USA at Fujitsu, 1999–2000. Sales and Country Manager, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe at Oracle Corporation, 1990–1999.

Vesa-Pekka Nikula

Executive Vice President, Production

(1964), M.Sc. (Tech.), MBA, joined the compay in 2009, member of the Executive Board since 2014
 
Key employment history: Director of Consumer Customer services at Elisa, 2010–2014 and Director, development, 2009–2010. Director of Managed Services business West South Europe at Nokia Siemens Networks, 2007–2009. Director of Managed Services business, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) at Nokia Networks, 2005–2007. Ericsson, several positions in Finland, the Netherlands and Great Britain, 1994–2005.

Merja Ranta-aho

Executive Vice President, HR

(1966), MSc (Psychology), Lic.Techn. (Work and organization psychology), joined the company in 2001, member of the Executive Board since 2014
 
Key employment history: Vice President, HR, Elisa Consumer Customers Business, 2009–2013. Various positions in Elisa and Radiolinja human resources development 2001–2009. Helsinki University of Technology, researcher and teacher, 1992–2001 and positions in communication, 1990–2001.

Katiye Vuorela

Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

(1968), M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.), joined the company and the Executive Board 2008

Key employment history: Paroc Group Holding Oy, Vice President, Communications, 2000–2008. Lotus Development Finland Oy (an IBM subsidiary), Marketing and Communications Manager, 1998–2000. Nokia Telecommunications (predecessor of Nokia Siemens Networks), Dedicated Networks business unit, Marketing Communications Manager, 1994–1998.

Sami Ylikortes

Executive Vice President, Administration

(1967), M.Sc.(Econ. & Bus. Adm.), LLM, joined the company in 1996, member of the Executive Board since 2003
 
Key employment history: Positions in accounting management at Unilever Finland Oy, 1991–1996.