TOMMI LINDFORS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Mr. Tommi Lindfors, M.Sc. (Econ.), is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Euroloan Group Plc, formerly the CEO of Euroloan Group Plc and Euroloan Consumer Finance Plc. He has experience in international financial services, real estate investment and entrepreneurship, and is a leading expert in business development and investment.
Tommi previously worked with the ABB Group, ABB Credit, and ABB Financial Services, and with the OP-bank Group,
Tommi enjoys spending his free time in outdoor activities like fly fishing, golf and boating.
JOHN MATTHEWS, BOARD DIRECTOR
Mr. John Matthews is Senior Vice President at a specialist Fintech global private equity investor, Finstar Financial Group, which he joined in 2016, and Euroloan shareholder. His role is to assist with Capital Market activities, especially fund raising and analysing various acquisition and/or investment opportunities. John is a Regulated Person under the UK Financial Conduct Authority and sits on the Boards of Finstar, Viventor (Spain), V7 (UK), and Euroloan (Finland).
John joined Finstar from Deutsche Bank where he was Managing Director in the Investment Banking division, Institutional Client Group. Prior to that, he was Head of Key UK Clients in the Private Wealth Management unit. John has worked at various financial services firms including ABN AMRO Bank NV and Close Brothers Group. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a B.Sc. degree from University College Dublin.
JONAS LINDHOLM, BOARD DIRECTOR
Mr. Jonas Lindholm, M.Sc. (Tech.), leads strategic development of the Group. He was previously CFO and CEO of Euroloan Group, has over 25 years’ experience working with strategy and finance for large international companies, and holds a number of board positions. Jonas is Chairman of the Board’s Risk Committee.
Before joining Euroloan, Jonas was Vice President at Pöyry, leading high-profile projects for the strategic and financial management of international financial, energy, industrial, infrastructure and public sector clients. He worked for KPMG as Director and Head of Business Area Risk Advisory Services, at Oxford IPC Worldwide as Partner and Vice President, Europe, and in several leading positions within ABB Financial Services and ABB Group.
In his free time, Jonas can be found skiing in winter and sailing or orienteering in summer.
HEIKKI PALOSUO, BOARD DIRECTOR
Mr. Heikki Palosuo, LL.M, M.B.A, has over 35 years’ experience in banking and finance. He has managed or taken part in the establishment of different banking entities in Scandinavia and the US. Heikki held various positions at Skopbank in 1980–1996, including in-house lawyer, head of letters of credit, SVP corporate finance, New York branch manager and Executive VP. In 1996–2001, Heikki worked for Danske Bank, Finland, as Helsinki branch manager, country manager Finland, and head of corporate finance. Since 2001, Heikki has worked on versatile financial advisory assignments, M&A and debt and equity capital market transactions as Senior Advisor at the Corporate Advisor Group Oy, and as chairman and owner of Northeast Investments and Capital Ltd.
Heikki is an experienced private equity and venture capital investor, has served and continues to serve as Board Member or Chairman for various companies, and is a member of the Directors’ Institute Finland and Board Partners, Helsinki.
Heikki’s hobbies include cross-country skiing and renovation of an old summer house.
RIITTA SALONEN, BOARD DIRECTOR
Mrs. Riitta Salonen, M.Sc. (Econ), has had a remarkable career at what is now Danske Bank. Riitta started her career as a partner in Inter Consulting Ky (1971–1980) and has since worked at Postipankki (Deputy General Manager, Capital Markets), Leonia Corporate Bank and Sampo Bank (Senior Vice President and Head of Capital Markets), and Danske Bank (Senior Vice President and Head of Debt Capital Markets Finland).
Riitta has been a Board Member in various firms and organisations including the International Primary Market Association, currently International Capital Association (ICMA). She is a leading professional with an exceptionally broad knowledge of the capital market and corporate finance products, such as the origination and syndication of bonds, syndicated loans, equity issues, swaps, asset securitisation, corporate finance advisory, privatisation and IPOs, and banks’ own funding.
Riitta has an excellent network of clients in the Nordics and is connected with various investment banks.
KARI KUKKA, BOARD DIRECTOR
Mr. Kari Kukka, M.A. (Soc. Sc./Econ.), has 40 years’ experience in international banking and investor relations. Kari worked in several Finnish banks, Postipankki, Bank of Helsinki Ltd, and OKOBANK. He also worked for several years at Chase Manhattan Bank in Helsinki and London. Kari was also a Board Member in Chase’s Helsinki office. His latest post was Head of Funding and Investor Relations at Nordic Investment Bank for about 10 years. After that, he founded Finacon Oy, where he consulted some of the major Finnish borrowers in funding and investor relations issues, as well as advising major foreign companies on Nordic business.
In recognition of his career, Kari received the Euroweek Bond Award 2009, given for services to the capital markets, the first award in this category. Kari has held several positions of trust, to mention a few: Finnish Export Credit Ltd (Member of the Supervisory Board), Arbuthnot Latham Bank in London (Member of the Board), and OKOBANK Sweden (Member of the Board).
Kari´s hobbies include golf, taking care of his grandchildren and summer house activities.