Sara Mella and Jussi Mekkonen will take up new duties in Nordea's Retail Banking on 1 October 2013.
Sara Mella, Master of Social Sciences, has been appointed Head of the new Operations function in Finland and the Baltic countries. The function is responsible for developing business operations, as well as the development and operation of products, services and processes offered to Retail Banking's personal and corporate customers.
Mella has worked at Nordea since 2010, having previously served with the bank between 1992 and 2007, and possesses wide-ranging experience in various tasks in Retail Banking. Currently she serves as one of the three Deputy Heads of Banking in Finland.
Jussi Mekkonen, 41, M.Sc. (Agriculture and Forestry), has been appointed as Sara Mella's successor as Deputy Head of Banking. Mekkonen will be responsible for the following branch regions in Retail Banking Finland: Southern Savo; Helsinki, Surroundings; Helsinki, City Centre; Central Finland; Lapland; Northern Ostrobothnia and Kainuu; Päijät-Häme; Satakunta; Savo-Karjala; and Vantaa. He will also be in charge of Nordea Customer Service.
Currently Mekkonen serves in Nordea's Retail Banking as the Head of Branch Region in charge of corporate services in the Greater Helsinki area. He has worked at Nordea since 1995, previously holding the position of Head of Segment Household and Group Marketing Finland.
- We are constantly seeking new ways to serve our customers better and more efficiently. The new Operations function was established precisely for this reason. We are making efforts to boost our competitiveness in each local market, speeding up product development and further improving our services and customer processes. I am extremely pleased with Sara's appointment as the Head of the function. Sara's versatile know-how and experience mean she is well-equipped to handle the job, says Topi Manner, Head of Banking Finland.
- Sara's successor Jussi Mekkonen has long experience in our Retail Banking operations. He will bring new views to Retail Banking's management team from the customer interface. I believe the biggest beneficiaries of this will be Nordea's customers. I wish both Sara and Jussi the best of luck with their new challenges.
The management team of Retail Banking Finland will be composed of Topi Manner, Head of Banking, Lasse Svens and Jussi Mekkonen, Deputy Heads of Banking in charge of the branch regions, Pekka Nuuttila, Deputy Head of Banking in charge of Corporate Banks, Sara Mella, Head of Operations Finland and Riikka Laine-Tolonen, Head of HR.
For further information:Topi Manner, Head of Banking, Finland and the Baltics, +358 9 165 40200
Kati Tommiska, Head of Communications Finland, +358 9 165 42325