Veli-Pekka Elonen Egon Zehnder, Helsinki
Veli-Pekka Elonen, based in Helsinki, is a trusted advisor to a range of Finnish and international industrial and service companies. In addition to executive search, he leads global talent management projects and advises in board succession. Veli-Pekka has also helped large corporations execute demanding organizational change and integration projects. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Consumer, Board Consulting, Financial Officers, Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Professionals, and Executive Assessment and Development Practices.
Veli-Pekka started his career as a lawyer and attorney working on corporate, contract, and M&A issues including intellectual property. He subsequently held various executive level positions with the listed media group Sanoma, ranging from legal, HR and strategy roles, serving as CEO of WSOY, and as COO of Sanoma Learning and Literature division. In the course of his career, Veli-Pekka has dealt broadly with the changing media environment, including B2B and B2C activities and related industrial operations.
Veli-Pekka earned a Master of Laws from Helsinki University and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been the chair of the Finnish IMD Alumni.