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 Plc 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.

Elisa Markula

Elisa Markula

  • Born in 1966, M.Sc. (Econ.)
  • CEO, VR-Group Plc
  • Employed by VR Group since 2022
  • Previously worked as the CEO of Oriola Corporation, the CEO of Tikkurila Group and Managing Director of the Coffee Division for Paulig Group
Laura Ansaharju

Laura Ansaharju

  • Born in 1977, M.Sc.
  • Senior Vice President, Human Resources, VR-Group Plc
  • Employed by VR Group since 2022
  • Previously worked at Finnair in various personnel management and development positions since 2011 and before that at Stora Enso
Ilkka Heiskanen

Ilkka Heiskanen

  • Born in 1984, M.Sc., Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Senior Vice President, Train Operations, VR-Group Plc
  • Employed by VR Group since 2009
  • Previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at VR Group, 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
Otso Ikonen

Otso Ikonen

  • Born in 1976, M.Sc. (Eng.), M.Sc. (Econ.)
  • Senior Vice President, Maintenance, VR FleetCare Ltd
  • Employed by VR Group since 2022
  • Previously worked at ABB in international business management positions, as the director of the Helsinki machinery factory and in several other management roles as well as at Wexon Oy as the CEO
Eljas Koistinen

Eljas Koistinen

  • Born in 1978, Executive MBA, Bachelor of Business Administration (University of Applied Sciences)
  • Senior Vice President, Logistics, VR Transpoint, VR Group Plc
  • Employed by VR Group since 2017 in various positions at VR Transpoint: Sales Director, Vice President, Production, and Vice President, Commercial. Before this, worked in VR Group in 2006–2017 as Key Account Manager and Sales Manager in logistics
  • Previously worked as Sales Director at Geodis Wilson Finland Oy and in account management at Lindström Oy. Previous work experience also in Rautaruukki Corporation’s service
Erkka Repo

Erkka Repo 

  • Born in 1970, M.Sc. (econ.)
  • CFO, VR-Group Plc
  • 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 Plc
  • 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)
Antti Tuominen

Antti Tuominen

  • Born in 1984, M.Sc. (econ.)
  • Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, VR-Group Plc
  • Employed by VR Group since 2012, most recently as Development Director for Passenger Services. Prior to that, he has worked as Planning Director of long-distance traffic and in business development and project tasks in the Group
Tatu Tuominen

Tatu Tuominen

  • Born in 1969, M.Soc.Sc
  • Senior Vice President, Communications, VR-Group Plc
  • 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
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