Sara Mella

Nordic Head of Savings and Investment Distribution, EVP, Personal Banking Born 1967

Previous positions:
2014 to 2017
NORDEA BANK, Head of Change and Transformation, EVP, Core Banking
Programme, Group Simplification
2013 to 2014
NORDEA BANK, Head of Operations Retail, EVP, Finland & Baltics
2010 to 2013
NORDEA BANK, Deputy Head of Banking, EVP, Retail Finland
2008 to 2009
2005 to 2007
NORDEA BANK, Head of Branch Region, Helsinki City Centre, Retail Finland
2003 to 2005
NORDEA BANK, Local manager, Espoo/Kauniainen/Kirkkonummi –region, Retail Finland
2000 to 2003
NORDEA BANK, Investment Manager, team leader, Private Banking, Capital Area region
1995 to 2000
MERITA NORDBANKEN, Business controller, Regional Bank Eastern and Northern Finland and Ostrobothnia
1991 to 1995
UNION BANK OF FINLAND, different positions, corporate business


  • 1991 Master of Science, Economics, University of Tampere
  • 2011 Finnish National Defense Course (197)


Several business and leadership trainings e.g.:

  • 2008 Orchestrating Winning Performance, IMD Lausanne
  • 2010 Inter Alpha Programme, Insead Fontainebleu
  • 2012 Strategic Leader, Nordea Leadership Pipeline, London Business School

Other Assignments:

  • 2014 to present 
    Chamber of Commerce, Capital Region Finland, member of the board
  • 2016 to present
    Valamo-säätiö, Chairman of the board
  • 2010 to 2013
    Nordea Pension Foundation, chairman of the board
  • 2011 to 2012
    Nordea Fund Company, member of the board
  • 2008 to 2009
    Finnish Book Publishers Association, chairman of the board
  • 2008 to 2009
    Viestinnän Keskusliitto, member of the board