“I missed the never-ending learning of the investment arena”

Career Path: Timo Viherkenttä’s professional journey has taken many unexpected turns before he landed the job of the chief executive of The State Pension Fund of Finland (Valtion Eläkerahasto, VER) three years ago. A few years before that, he took the eyebrow-raising decision to voluntarily leave Finland’s Supreme Administrative Court judiciary — preferring a fresh start in a government role.

Timo Viherkenttä, Chief Executive of Finland's State Pension Fund | Photo: PR

What career path did you envision for yourself when you were younger?

Before I graduated — both at school and when I was at university — I thought I might become a journalist. I worked for some time as a sports journalist, then later as a financial journalist. I liked that a lot, but somehow I thought there would be something else that suited me more. What I read at university was law, and I specialised in tax law — I had a strong sense that tax law was my thing. It was somehow an area that was complicated in the right way, and you had to find out the right things and draw the correct conclusions. Studying that was my introduction to economics, business and finance.

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