FFI's Board and position-taking model The FFI Board is elected by the general meeting. The Board has authority over all of FFI's strategic lobbying projects and key issues that concern the entire sector. It also decides on FFI's strategy, organisation, action plan, budget, and other such matters specified in the FFI rules. The Board elects its own Executive Chairman and Vice Chairmen.Executive Chair: Timo Ritakallio, President and Group Executive Chairman, OP Financial GroupVice Chairs:Ari Kaperi, Chief Risk Officer and Country Senior Executive for Finland, Nordea Bank ABJuha Koponen, CEO, LocalTapiola GroupMembers of the Board:Mikko Ayub, CEO, Aktia BankHanne Katrama, CEO, Handelsbanken FinlandAntti Kuljukka, CEO, FenniaMaunu Lehtimäki, CEO, Evli BankRisto Murto, President and CEO, VarmaPetri Niemisvirta, CEO, Mandatum LifeTomi Närhinen, CEO, Savings Bank Union Co-opJouko Pölönen, President and CEO, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyRiikka Laine-Tolonen, Head of Retail Banking Finland, Danske BankPekka Ylihurula, CEO, S-BankPiia-Noora Kauppi, Managing Director, Finance FinlandSecretary of the Board:Lea Mäntyniemi, Head of Legislation, Finance Finland Position-taking network has major role FFI's core function as a provider of high-quality lobbying is founded upon an extensive position-taking network.Representatives from FFI members comprise operating bodies, whose central function is to formulate FFI's position on any pending lobbying issues. The operating bodies are also a good source of information on the members' views on societal matters such as legislation and the policies of relevant authorities. Influencing these requires active participation from FFI.Six sector-specific Executive Committees operate under the direction of the Board. The Executive Committees have their own spheres of authority on all matters that do not influence the operations of other sector-specific Executive Committees or FFI as a whole.Executive CommitteesThe FFI Board has appointed the following Executive Committees and their chairs:Securities Dealing ExCom, Jukkapekka Laurila, Danske BankLife Insurance ExCom, Petri Niemisvirta, Mandatum LifeBanking ExCom, Sara Mella, NordeaFund and Asset Management ExCom, Henrika Vikman, NordeaEmployee Pension ExCom, Jouko Pölönen, IlmarinenNon-life Insurance ExCom, Mika Aho, FenniaThe Board also appoints Committees and Subcommittees on horizontal matters (e.g. labour market and taxation).