Executive Group

Risto MurtoRisto Murto
President and CEO since 2014

b. 1963 
Ph.D. (Econ.)

Member of the Executive Group since 2006
Joined Varma in 2006

Key work experience:
Executive Vice-President, Investments, Varma 2010–2013
Senior Vice-President, Chief Investment Officer, Varma 2006–2010
Managing Director, Opstock Ltd 2000–2005
Director, Opstock Ltd 1997–2000

Key positions of trust:
Chairman of the Board of The Finnish Pension Alliance TELA
Chairman of the Board of University of Oulu
Member of the Board of Sampo Plc
Member of the Board of Wärtsilä Corporation
Member of the Financial Committee of the Finnish Cultural Foundation
Member of the Supervisory Board of Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Timo Kaisanlahti Timo Kaisanlahti
Chief Legal Counsel

b. 1962
LL.D., M.Sc. (Econ.)

Member of the Executive Group since 2007
Joined Varma in 2005

Key work experience:
Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Finance 2004–2005
Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communications 2003–2004
Legal Counsel, KLegal Oy 2003
Legal Counsel, Varma-Sampo 2001–2002
Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Trade and Industry 1996–2000

Key positions of trust:
Chairman of the Accounting Board 
Chairman of the Board of Osakevarma Oy
Member of the Representatives of the Finnish Centre for Pensions
Member of the Supervisory Board of Suomen Hypoteekkiyhdistys

Tiina Kurki Tiina Kurki
Senior Vice-President, Pension Services and IT 

b. 1961
Master of Business Administration

Member of the Executive Group since 2012
Joined Varma in 2012

Key work experience:
BCIO International Banking, Nordea Bank Finland Plc 2011–2012
Group IT management positions, Nordea Bank Finland Plc 2008–2011
Vice President, TietoEnator Oyj 2002–2008
Department Manager and Specialist, TietoEnator Oyj 1986–2002

Key positions of trust:
Chairman of the Board of Tieto Esy Ltd
Deputy Member of the Board of Arek Oy

Ville-Veikko Laukkanen Ville-Veikko Laukkanen
Executive Vice-President, Customer Accounts

b. 1970
LL.M.

Member of the Executive Group since 2012
Joined Varma in 2012

Key work experience:
Director, Member of Group Executive Management at Nordea Bank Finland Plc 2010–2012
Head of Business, Tryg Finland/Nordea General Insurance 2001–2010 
Director, AIG Europe S.A. Finland 1999–2001
Lawyer, Sampo Insurance Company plc 1996–1999
Federation of Finnish Financial Services 2006–2010, member of the non-life insurance committee
Nordea Investment Fund Company Finland Ltd 2010–2011, Board Member

Key positions of trust:
Member of the Board of Kaleva Mutual Insurance Company

Pasi Mustonen Pasi Mustonen
Senior Vice-President, Actuaries

b. 1964
M.Sc., FASF

Member of the Executive Group since 2004
Joined Varma in 1996

Key work experience:
Actuary, Varma 1998–2001
Actuary, Sampo Pension 1996–1998

Key positions of trust:
Member of the Board of the Finnish Centre for Pensions

Pekka Pajamo Pekka Pajamo
Senior Vice-President, Finance

b. 1962
M.Sc. (Econ.)

Member of the Executive Group since 2012
Joined Varma in 2012

Key work experience:
Employment with KPMG Oy Ab 1988–2012:

  • Authorised Public Accountant 1993–2012
  • Partner, 1998–2012

Key positions of trust:
Member of the Board of Ahlström Capital Oy
Member of the Board of Arek Oy
Member of the Board of Kaleva Mutual Insurance Company
Member of the Board of Leino Group Oy
Member of the Board of LeinoCast Oy
Chairman of the Board of the Finnish National Theatre Ltd.
Member of the Board of the Finnish National Opera Foundation
Member of the Board of Varman Kiinteistöyhtiöt

Reima Rytsölä Reima Rytsölä
Executive Vice-President, Investments

b. 1969
M.Soc.Sc., CEFA, AMP

Member of the Executive Group since 2014
Joined Varma in 2014

Key work experience:
Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Banking, Group-level responsibility for major corporate and institutional customers, Pohjola Bank Plc 2008–2013
Management and investment positions at Pohjola Bank Plc and its subsidiaries 1998–2007

Key positions of trust:
Member of the Board of Oy HYY-Yhtiöt Ab
Member of the Board of Nordea Funds Oy
Member of the Board of Technopolis Plc 
Member of the Board of VVO Group Plc

Katri ViippolaKatri Viippola
Senior Vice President,  HR, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility 

b. 1976 
Executive MBA, Master of Arts

Member of the Executive Group since 2016 
Joined Varma in 2016

Key work experience:

Keva 2013–2015

  • HR and Administrative Director
  • HR Director

YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company) 2008–2013

  • Head of Personnel Development
  • HR Manager
  • HR Consultant

Journalist and News Anchor, YLE, YLE News and Aamu-tv morning show 2002–2008
Journalist, YLE, Kuningaskuluttaja programme 2002
Radio host and journalist, Radio YsiYsi 1996–1999
Journalist, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 1995

Eeva HautalaEeva Hautala
Employee Representative since 2016

b. 1963
Bachelor of Social services

Joined Varma in 2006

Key work experience:
Pension Adjudication Specialist, Varma 2006–

 

Maritta VoutilainenMaritta Voutilainen 
Employee Representative since 2016 

b. 1984
BBA

Joined Varma in 2012

Key work experience:
Insurance Specialist, Varma 2012–

 

Pasi Mustonen serves as Varma’s Chief Actuary. Jukka Kivekäs is Varma’s Senior Physician.

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