President and CEO and Board of Management

The President and CEO is responsible for managing the Group's day-to-day administration in accordance with the instructions and regulations given by the Board of Directors. 

The Board selects and dismisses the President and CEO and determines his remuneration.

The company’s President and CEO since 1 July 2009 has been Mikael Aro (b. 1965), eMBA. Before this he served as Senior Vice President, Northern Europe, Carlsberg and CEO of Sinebrychoff, part of Carlsberg.

VR Group has a Board of Management comprising the President and CEO (chair); the Senior Vice Presidents of the Passenger Services and Logistics divisions; the Managing Director of VR Track Oy; the Senior Vice President of the Russia and International Business division; the CFO; and the Group’s Senior Vice Presidents for Human Resources, Corporate Relations and the Environment, Train Operations, and Maintenance.

The Board of Management addresses matters of strategic importance and other matters that are of importance to VR’s business operations, drafts plans and monitors their implementation. It also considers major day-to-day activities and operational issues. The Board of Management generally convenes once a week.