Management

Fellow Bank's Board of Directors consists of six members with long experience in banking and board work.

The operational management of the company is led by the CEO and assisted by the Management Team.

Board of Directors

Markku Pohjola

Chairman of the Board
  • Born 1948. Education: B.Sc. (Econ.)
  • Chairman of the Board as of 2 April 2022. He is also Chairman of the Board of Rangunkorpi Oy and a member of the Board of Boardman Oy.
  • He has served in a number of executive positions at Nordea and its predecessor banks, including as Deputy Group CEO of Nordea Bank AB and CEO of Nordea Bank Finland Plc. He has also served as the Chairman of the Boards of Municipality Finance Plc, Finnvera Plc, Tieto Plc and Posti Group Corporation.
  • Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Lea Keinänen

Member of the Board
  • Born 1966. Education: graduate in business and marketing and MBA.
  • Member of the Board as of 2 April 2022. She has been a member of the Board of Evli Fund Management Company Ltd since 2020 and previously in 2006–2017. She is also a member of the Board of Frelea Oy and a member of the Board of the Finnish Cultural Foundation and Chair of its Finance Committee. She has had a long career at Evli Bank Plc and had been in charge of, for example, the Wealth Management unit as a member of the Executive Group and as Deputy to the CEO.
  • Independent of the major shareholders but not independent of the company.

Kai Myllyneva

Member of the Board
  • Born 1969. Education: M.Sc. (Econ.)
  • Member of the Board as of 2 April 2022. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Fellow Finance since 2018. He is also Chairman of the Board of Real Stone Houses Group Ltd, Connected Finland Oy, Connected Inventions Oy and Laatulinna Ltd, and a member of the Board of Administer Plc, Emce Solution Partner Oy, Emce Yritysjärjestelmät Oy, Emce Enterprise Solutions Oy, Duolog Oy, Duolog Warehouse Oy, Duolog Works Oy, Duolog Extend Oy, Investacon Ltd and Kjelp Oy. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of Silta Group Oy and Silta Oy, a member of the Board and Managing Director of Convestia Ltd and a member of the Supervisory Board of SIA Oribalt Group.
  • Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Jorma Pirinen

Member of the Board
  • Born 1959. Education: graduate in business and marketing as well as MBA.
  • Member of the Board as of 2 April 2022. Leadership coach, mentor, non-fiction writer.
  • He has had a long career at Nordea Bank Oyj as Head of Branch Region and Manager of Nordea Life Assurance Finland Ltd.
  • Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Teuvo Salminen

Member of the Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board
  • Born 1954. Education: M.Sc. (Econ.)
  • Member of the Board as of 2 April 2022.
  • Member of the Board of Evli since 2010, and currently Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Evli. In addition, he has been Chairman of the Board of Olo Collection Oy since 2017 and of T2H Group Oy since 2018. He has also been a member of the Board of Cargotec Corporation since 2010, 2holding N&B Oy since 2019, 3StepIT Oy since 2012 and Sipo Oy since 1987.
  • Independent of the company but not independent of the significant shareholders.

Tero Weckroth

Member of the Board
  • Born 1971. Education: licensed pharmacist and MBA.
  • Member of the Board as of 2 April 2022. He has served as a member of the Board of Fellow Finance since 2021. Weckroth is also a member of the Board of Nexstim Oyj, Decem Pharma Oy, Combinostics Oy and Avia Pharma Ab, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Inderes Oyj and Chairman of the Board of Wetrock Capital & Consulting Oy.
  • Weckroth has previously worked for ABN Amro, Dresdner Kleinwort and Kepler Capital Markets, for example.
  • Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Management Team

Teemu Nyholm

CEO
  • Born 1975, M.Sc. (Tech.) and B.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.)
  • Co-founder of Fellow Finance and CEO since 2020, member of the Board in 2013–2020 and Chairman of the Board in 2013–2015 and 2018.
  • He has previously been the COO and CIO at Fellow Finance Plc, DFC Nordic Oyj and FIM Pankki.

Antoni Airikkala

Director, Deposit and Investor Customers
  • Born 1985, M.Soc.Sc.
  • He has been Director of Investor Accounts at Fellow Finance since 2020 and was Director of New Markets at Fellow Finance over the years 2015–2020. He is also a member of the Board of Lainaamo Oy.
  • He has previously worked at Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken.

Riikka Järvinen

Marketing Director
  • Born 1974, M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.).
  • She has served as Marketing Director of Fellow Finance since November 2021. She has previously worked e.g. in Nordea's strategic marketing, as Marketing Director of DNA's consumer business and in various marketing positions at Nokia Corporation.

Kukka Lehtimäki

CFO
  • Born 1988, M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.).
  • She has worked at Fellow Bank since May 2022. In the past, she has held financial management positions at OP Financial Group and worked as an auditor of financial companies at KPMG.

Juha Saari

Director, Personal Customers; Deputy CEO
  • Born 1979, secondary-school graduate.
  • He has been Director of Finnish Consumer Lending at Fellow Finance since 2020.
  • He has previously worked in various consumer financing roles at Aurajoki Nordic Oyj (previously DFC Nordic Oyj) as COO in Finland and Sweden, for example. He is also a member of the Board of Lainaamo Oy.

Miikka Silvonen

Director, Business Customers
  • Born 1989, M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.).
  • He has worked in Fellow Finance’s Business Finance Department since 2017, as team leader since 2018 and as Director since 2020.