Management Team

VR Group Management Team handles the strategic and otherwise significant matters affecting VR Group, as well as its most important daily functions and operational decisions.

The Management Team generally convenes once a week, and the President and CEO of VR-Group Ltd acts as its chairperson.

The President and CEO is responsible for managing the Group's day-to-day administration in accordance with the instructions and orders issued by the Board of Directors. The Board selects and dismisses the President and CEO and determines his remuneration.

Lauri Sipponen

Lauri Sipponen, Chairperson

  • Born in 1969, M.Sc. (econ.)
  • President and CEO, VR-Group Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2021
  • Has worked previously at Lidl in various management positions
Ilkka Heiskanen

Ilkka Heiskanen

  • Born in 1984, M.Sc., Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, VR-Group Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2009
  • Previously served as Vice President, Production and Head of Planning at VR Transpoint, in business development at VR Transpoint and VR Group and as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company and Booz Allen Hamilton
Martti Koskinen

Martti Koskinen

  • Born in 1957, B.Eng.
  • Director, VR Transpoint
  • VR Transpoint’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2009
  • Previously served, for instance, as Director of Central and East European Business Operations at Corus Ltd and held positions as Ruukki Construction Marketing and Procurement Director and as Regional Manager for Central Europe at Rautaruukki Corporation
Nina Mähönen

Nina Mähönen

  • Born in 1975, M.Sc., Operations Management
  • Senior Vice President, Train Operations, VR-Group Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2006
  • Previous positions include Vice President, Production, and Vice President, Planning and Freight Control at VR Transpoint and transportation planning at VR Track
  • Previous job experience at, e.g. the Finnish Road Enterprise (now called Destia) and Tampere University of Technology
Erkka Repo

Erkka Repo 

  • Born in 1970, M.Sc. (econ.)
  • CFO, VR-Group Ltd
  • employed by VR Group since 2021
  • Previously worked as Director at UPM Finance & Control organisation
Topi Simola

Topi Simola

  • Born in 1976, M.Sc. (econ.)
  • Senior vice president of passenger services, VR-Group Ltd
  • VR Group senior vice president of passenger services since 2019 and head of development and director of commuter services from 2011 to 2017
  • Previously employed as managing director of Cabonline Finland and as management consultant at Accenture and Synergy (KPMG)
Kimmo Soini

Kimmo Soini

  • Born in 1958, M.Sc. (Eng.)
  • Senior Vice President, Maintenance, VR-Group Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2013
  • Has worked previously at Finnair Plc in various management positions
Tatu Tuominen

Tatu Tuominen

  • Born in 1969, M.Soc.Sc
  • Senior Vice President, Communications, VR-Group Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2018
  • Previously served as Head of Communications and Public Affairs at Telia and before that in various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport and Communications
Taru Uotila

Taru Uotila 

  • Born in 1970, LL.M. (Bruges)
  • Senior vice president, general counsel at VR-Group Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2013 as senior legal counsel and from 2017 as general counsel
  • Previous experience as attorney-at-law and as counsel at GE Healthcare and Fortum
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