Consultative Committees

We wish to promote open societal interaction, develop more customer oriented operations and listen to our customers. Five consultative committees support these goals: the consultative committees for pension affairs, the insured, self-employed persons, employers and pensioners. The objective is to improve co-operation and communication between us, entrepreneurs, pensioners, labour market organisations as well as employees insured by Varma and employers. The term of office for the consultative committees is three years.

Consultative Committee of the Pension Affairs

The Consultative Committee of the Pension Affairs is a co-operative body between Varma and the labour market organisations. Its function is to make recommendations to the company regarding disability pensions. The members are appointed by the Board of Directors.

Chair: Jyrki Rasi, Director, Rehabilitation and Disability Pension Services, Varma
Deputy Chair: Jan Schugk, Senior Physician, Varma
Paula Ilveskivi, Senior Legal Adviser, The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK
Juhani Siira, Union Secretary, Finnish Paperworkers’ Union
Ida Nummelin, Senior Adviser, Social and Health Policy, Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees STTK
Teemu Hankamäki, Negotiations Director, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK
Piia Alvesalo, Communications Manager, Finnish Education Employers
Mikko Räsänen, Advisor, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)

Also Varma's Seppo Varmavuo, participates in the meetings of the consultative committee.

Consultative Committee of the Insured

The Consultative Committee of the Insured furthers co-operation between Varma and the insured (TyEL). The committee provides important information on the working conditions in companies and any changes occurring in them which affect the management of employees’ pension matters.

Varma communicates up-to-date information concerning earnings-related and entrepreneurial pension insurance to the consultative committee. Varma’s Board of Directors appoints the members based on proposals by central employee organisations.

Representatives of the Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals in Finland, Akava


Keijo Hyvärinen, Elisa Corporation
Matti Kirsi, Stora Enso Oyj
Marko Klapuri, Metso Outotec Finland Oy
Pasi Lähde, Wärtsilä Finland Oy
Johanna Samun, Nordea Bank Abp
Timo Veijola, Nokia Solutions and Network Oy

Representatives of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions, SAK


Jukka Hämäläinen, Jyväskylän Liikenne Oy
Marjo Korhonen, Tokmanni Oy
Juha Manni, Honkarakenne Oyj
Samuli Miettinen, Sokotel Oy
Toni Nokkala, VR-Group Ltd
Riikka Peltonen, Metsä Tissue Oyj
Mika Sui, ABB Oy Motors and Generators Vaasa
Pentti Suni, Stora Enso Oyj
Mari Söderberg, Tikkurila Oyj
Mika Tanskanen, Ovako Imatra Oy Ab
Tero Tiainen, Abloy Oy Joensuun tehdas
Ville Vatka, HK Ruokatalo Oy

Representatives of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees, STTK


Tarja Furuholm , Nordea Bank Oyj
Heikki Helynen, Steveco Oy, chairman
Aino Huuhti, Danske Bank A/S, Finland Branch
Timo Jaakkola, NCC Rakennus Oy
Juha Kivistö, Elisa Corporation
Merja Koistinen, If P&C Insurance Ltd (publ), branch in Finland
Hannu Kuusikko, Instru Optiikka Oy
Satu Oravuo, Ovako Imatra Oy Ab
Osmo Salo, Meyer Turku Oy
Sanna Virtala, Mehiläinen Oy

Consultative Committee of Self-employed Persons

The Consultative Committee of Self-employed Persons participates in developing services for entrepreneurs.

Aulis Asikainen, Insinööritoimisto Comatec Oy
Jarmo Aspelin, Sataplast Oy
Michael Casagrande, Cleanside Oy
Fredrik Ekroos, Juva Shipping Oy
Petra Erätuli-Kola, Mindsup Oy
Tero Fordell, Fundu / Yokipi Oy
Riikka Kannas, Food Camp Finland Oy
Antti Korsisaari, Korsisaari Oy
Taina Källi, Rautanainen Oy
Kalle Lahervo, Epic Autokoulu Oy
Mika Lahtinen, ESLA/E. S. Lahtinen Oy
Timo Linnamäki, Muru-Dining Oy
Jukka Lylykorpi, High Peak Finland Oy
Anne Maaninka, Oliwia Care Oy
Jarno Mäki, Onrego Oy
Heikki Palin, Palin-Granit Oy
Jari Parkkinen, Amiko Oy
Toni Pekkonen, Sampel Oy
Simo Pinomaa, Elinkeinoelämän Keskusliitto EK
Tomi Saalasti, Saalasti Oy & Teräspyörä-Steelwheel Oy
Jaana Seppälä, Kasvu Open Oy
Tuomas Soronen, Sorcolor Oy
Niina Stolt, Studio Onni
Lars Sundholm, Halsing Oy
Mika Suominen, Suomen Seniorihoiva Oy
Jukka Suovanen, Odum Oy
Jukka Tanskanen, EMU Growth Partners Oy
Aleksi Tapani, Aleksi ja Sini Tapani Oy
Teemu Tolppa, Metsäkonepalvelu Oy
Marika Tähtinen-Hakala, Tampereen Panimoravintola Oy
Toni Wesin, Finn Recycling Oy
Hannu Wiinikainen, HJW Group Oy

Consultative Committee of Employers

Interaction and communication between Varma and employers is strengthened by the Consultative Committee of Employers which is named by Varma’s Board of Directors. The consultative committee, which consists of employer representatives, keeps track of issues related to the Employees Pensions Act (TyEL) and gives statements and recommendations concerning companies’ pension insurance and its development.

Jussi Aine, Harjavalta Oy -konserni
Kim Biskop, Osuuskauppa KPO
Pasi Flinkman, Orkla Suomi Oy
Charlotta Furuhjelm, Brandt Group Oy Ltd
Tiina Haanpää, Hoivatie Oy
Johan Haataja, Retail Logistics Excellence - RELEX Oy
Virpi Holmqvist, Attendo Suomi Oy
Jens Jensen, Suvia Group Oy
Antti Järvinen, Google Finland
Sakari Kiiskinen, Transval Henkilöstöpalvelut Oy
Heikki Kovanen, Kovanen Capital Oy
Mikael Kämpe, Ramirent Finland Oy
Heikki Lamminpää, Otiga Finland Oy
Liisa Leino, Leino Group Oy
Teppo Lindén, Coronaria Oy
Olli Manner, Elomatic-yhtiöt
Heikki Marva, Marva Group Oy
Janne Mäki, Atoy Oy
Petteri Nurmi, Schenker Oy
Juha Näkki, Etteplan Oyj
Jari Ollila, Purso Oy
Hannu Rahnasto, Compass Group FS Finland Oy
Juha Ruotsalainen, Oy Veho Ab
Juha Salonen, Leipomo Salonen Oy
Leif Sebbas, Solwers Oyj
Kaisa Tarkkanen, Med Group Oy
Tore Teir, Greenstep Oy
Mikko Vaahersalo, Rejlers Finland Oy
Jack Westren-Doll, Granlund Oy
Pertti Yliniemi, North European Invest Oy

Consultative Committee of Pensioners

The Consultative Committee of Pensioners The Consultative Committee of Pensioners develops co-operation between Varma and pensioners. It consists of pensioners from all over Finland as well as expert members. Varma’s Board of Directors appoints the members for a term of three years.

Heikki Ajanko
Helena Hiila-O'Brien, Chair
Risto Honkanen
Sirpa Jukarainen
Teuvo Kalso
Jukka Kivekäs
Irma Kronlöf
Risto Pentikäinen
Kaija Roukala
Irma Saarinen
Ann Selin
Heikki Sormunen
Juha Tuomainen
Veikko T. Valkonen

Expert members

Eeva Kuuskoski
Simo Paassilta