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: Confederation of Finnish Industries EK. Member of the Board of Directors: Sampo plc, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (Etla), Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, Mannerheim Foundation and ShedHelsinki Foundation. Member of the Supervisory Board: 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: Elisa, Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers 2005–2007, Executive Vice President, Development 2003–2005. Ericsson Group, Sales Director, Nordic and Baltic sales unit, and member of the management group 2001–2003. Oy LM Ericsson Ab, Sales director 1996–2001. Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), Counsellor, Industry and Technology 1993–1996. Hewlett Packard Oy, Sales Manager 1987–1993.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Board of FiCom ry.

Timo Katajisto

Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers

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

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Board and the Executive Committee 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: Yomi Plc, CEO and President of 2004. Elisa Kommunikation GmbH, CFO 1999–2004. Polar International Ltd, Managing Director 1996–1999 and Controller, 1990–1996. Oy Alftan Ab, Controller 1987–1990.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Economy and tax Committee of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.

Henri Korpi

Executive Vice President, New Business Development

(1973), LLM
Joined the company in 2006, member of the Executive Board since 2017

Key employment history: Elisa, Vice President, subscription business of Consumer Customer unit 2011–20117, Senior Business Controller of Consumer Customer unit 2006–2011. Saunalahti Group, Finance Manager 2002–2006. Riot Entertainment Oy, CFO 2000–2002. Takomo Bros Oy, Finance Manager at 1998–2000.

Pasi Mäenpää

Executive Vice President, New Business Development

(1965), Diploma in Computer Science, MBA
Joined the company and the Executive Board in 2006
 
Key employment history: Elisa, Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers 2007–2014. Cisco Systems Finland Oy, CEO 2002–2006. Netigy Corporation, Regional Manager for Central Europe 2000–2002. Fujitsu, Vice President, Sales, Europe and USA 1999–2000. Oracle Corporation, Sales and Country Manager, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe 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: Elisa, Director of Consumer Customer services 2010–2014 and Director, development, 2009–2010. Nokia Siemens Networks, Director of Managed Services business West South Europe 2007–2009. Nokia Networks, Director of Managed Services business, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) 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 organisation psychology)
Joined the company in 2001, member of the Executive Board since 2013
 
Key employment history: Elisa, Vice President, HR, 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.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Skilled work force Committee of the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.

Katiye Vuorela

Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

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

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Board of ShedHelsinki Foundation.

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: Unilever Finland Oy, Positions in accounting management 1991–1996.