Ilmarinen's history - 50 years is a good start
Ilmarinen is Finland’s oldest pension company. We have taken care of our customers’ pensions since 1961.
14 December 1961
Ilmarinen was established on 14 December 1961, in the same year as the Finnish earnings-related pension system. The founders were the then largest Finnish insurance companies and six smaller insurers.
Although the origins of Ilmarinen’s name can be traced back to the Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, the actual inspiration was an old accident insurance company situated in Vyborg. Operations were started up in a flat located at Yrjönkatu 17 in Helsinki.
In 1962, Teivo Pentikäinen became the company’s first President and CEO. He was a mathematician who has been referred to as the father of the Finnish earnings-related pension system. In the same year, the first pension was paid to Aarne Lehtonen who lived in Turku.
In 1967, Ilmarinen moved into new premises on Eerikinkatu, in the heart of Helsinki.
Ilmarinen did not receive its second President and CEO until 1977, when legal scholar Juhani Salminen took on the position.
In 1984, Sampo sold its holdings in Ilmarinen. At the same time, Ilmarinen became a subsidiary of the insurance company Pohjola.
In 1991, Kari Puro, D. Med. Sc. and political scientist, started as Ilmarinen’s third President and CEO.
Ilmarinen became a mutual company in 1998. This marked the transfer of Ilmarinen’s ownership to its customers. Ilmarinen’s name also changed to its current form Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company.
Ilmarinen moved into its current office building Lepakko in Ruoholahti, at Porkkalankatu 1, in 2002.
In 2005, Ilmarinen sold its shares in Pohjola to OKO Bank. The result was a strong coalition in the Finnish financing sector consisting of Ilmarinen, Pohjola and the OP Financial Group.
In 2006, the number of insured self-employed persons exceeded the 60,000-mark.
Economist Harri Sailas became the fourth President and CEO in Ilmarinen’s history in 2007.
In 2015, Timo Ritakallio, LL.M., MBA, became Ilmarinen’s fifth President and CEO.
In 2018, Ilmarinen became Finland’s largest private sector earnings-related pension insurer when earnings-related pension company Etera merged into Ilmarinen. In the same year, Jouko Pölönen, MA (Econ.), eMBA, starts as Ilmarinen’s President and CEO.