Prof. Erkki KM Leppävuori (born in 1951) was appointed President & CEO of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in 1999.
He was previously Professor, Research Director and Chief Executive of the Research Institute VTT Building Technology at VTT from 1994 to 1999. Prior to his positions at VTT he has worked as Director of Marketing and Technology of the Building Products and Engineering Division of the Rautaruukki Group (a Finnish Steel Company); Senior Vice President of the Group's Building Products Division from 1991 to 1994; and Vice President, Marketing of Steel Construction, Rautaruukki Oy from 1989 to 1991.
Prof. Leppävuori is a board member of several governmental and business organizations including the Research and Innovation Council of Finland chaired by the Prime Minister.
He is President of the European Association of Research and Technology Organizations EARTO. He is also a member of the Academy of the Technical Sciences.
He holds a Master's Degree (1974) and a Licentiate Degree (1977) from the Helsinki University of Technology as well as the nomination as Doctor of Technology h.c. (2008).