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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 Group

Vice Chairs:
Ari Kaperi, Chief Risk Officer and Country Senior Executive for Finland, Nordea Bank AB
Juha Koponen, CEO, LocalTapiola Group

Members of the Board:
Mikko Ayub, CEO, Aktia Bank
Hanne Katrama, CEO, Handelsbanken Finland
Antti Kuljukka, CEO, Fennia
Maunu Lehtimäki, CEO, Evli Bank
Risto Murto, President and CEO, Varma
Petri Niemisvirta, CEO, Mandatum Life
Tomi Närhinen, CEO, Savings Bank Union Co-op
Jouko Pölönen, President and CEO, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Riikka Laine-Tolonen, Head of Retail Banking Finland, Danske Bank
Pekka Ylihurula, CEO, S-Bank

Piia-Noora Kauppi
, Managing Director, Finance Finland

Secretary 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 Committees

The FFI Board has appointed the following Executive Committees and their chairs:

Securities Dealing ExCom, Jukkapekka Laurila, Danske Bank
Life Insurance ExCom, Petri Niemisvirta, Mandatum Life
Banking ExCom, Sara Mella, Nordea
Fund and Asset Management ExCom, Henrika Vikman, Nordea
Employee Pension ExCom, Jouko Pölönen, Ilmarinen
Non-life Insurance ExCom, Mika Aho, Fennia

The Board also appoints Committees and Subcommittees on horizontal matters (e.g. labour market and taxation).