Governance structure

CEO and Executive Board

CEO and their duties

Elisa's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the day-to-day business activities and administration of the company in accordance with instructions and orders from the Board of Directors and with the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act. The CEO is also responsible for ensuring that the company's accounting practices comply with the law and that financial matters are handled in a reliable manner. The CEO is appointed by the Board of Directors.  Mr Veli-Matti Mattila served as CEO in 2016.

Mr Veli-Matti Mattila
Chief Executive Officer

  • b. 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.
Holdings in Elisa of the CEO and and
persons closely associated
Number of shares,
31 December 2016
Mr Veli-Matti Mattila, CEO 62.146

Other management

Elisa’s Executive Board prepares the company strategy, directs the company’s regular operations, monitors the development of results and deals with issues having substantial financial or other impact on Elisa, including i.e. significant mergers and acquisitions, as well as organisational changes. In addition, the Executive Board monitors risk management and is responsible for the proper organisation of administration in the CEO's guidance. Matters stipulated in the charter of the Board as requiring a decision by the Board of Directors are submitted for decision-making by the Board.

Members of Elisa's Executive Board

Timo Katajisto

Mr Timo Katajisto

b. 1968, M.Sc. (Tech.)
Joined the company joined the company and the Executive Board in 2008

Main occupation: Executive Vice President, Corporate Customers

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.

Jari Kinnunen

Mr Jari Kinnunen

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

Main occupation: Chief Financial Officer

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.

Asko Känsälä

Mr Asko Känsälä

b. 1957, M.Sc. (Tech.)
Joined the company and the Executive Board in 2003, Deputy CEO since 2016

Main occupation: Deputy CEO and Executive Vice President, Consumer Customers

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.

Pasi Mäenpää

Mr Pasi Mäenpää

b. 1965, Diploma in Computer Science, MBA
Joined the company and the Executive Board in 2006

Main occupation: Executive Vice President, New Business Development

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

Mr Vesa-Pekka Nikula

b. 1964, M.Sc. (Tech.), MBA
Joined the company in 2009, member of the Executive Board since 2014

Main occupation: Executive Vice President, Production

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

Ms Merja Ranta-aho

b. 1966, M.Sc. (Psychology) Lic.Techn. (Work and organisation psychology)
Joined the company in 2001, member of the Executive Board since 2014

Main occupation: Executive Vice President, HR

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.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of the Labour Market Committee of the Service Sector Employers' Association PALTA.

Katiye Vuorela

Ms Katiye Vuorela

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

Main occupation: Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications

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

Mr Sami Ylikortes

b. 1967, M.Sc.(Econ. & Bus. Adm.), LL.M.
Joined the company in 1996, member of the Executive Board since 2003.

Main occupation: Executive Vice President, Administration

Key employment history: Positions in accounting management at Unilever Finland Oy 1991–1996.

Main Board memberships and public duties currently undertaken: Member of Industrial Policy Committee of Service Sector Employers' Association PALTA.

Elisa holdings of Elisa's Board members
and persons closely associated
Number of shares,
31 December 2016
Timo Katajisto, Executive Vice President, Production 2.000
Jari Kinnunen, Chief Financial Officer 35.511
Asko Känsälä, Executive Vice President, Consumer Customers 27.114
Pasi Mäenpää, Executive Vice President, New Business Development 16.406
Vesa-Pekka Nikula, Executive Vice President, Production 11.145
Merja Ranta-aho, Executive Vice President, HR 2.080
Katiye Vuorela, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications 645
Sami Ylikortes, Executive Vice President, Administration 14.085

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