Merja Eskola


Office Location: Helsinki

Phone: +358 9 2511250

Merja Eskola is a partner located in Heidrick & Struggles' Helsinki office, and a member of the Technology & Professional Services practice, the Healthcare & Life Science practice, the Chief Human Resources Officers practice, and the Leadership Consulting practice. She focuses in helping companies accelerate performance through top-class Executive Search and Leadership Advisory services for domestic and international companies at CEO, Executive team and VP/Director levels. Merja’s prior senior management experience includes 11 years at global stock listed companies and almost 20 years as an executive consultant. She has done a significant amount of work within strategy, transformation and leadership capability building, having recruited, assessed and coached CEOs, senior leaders and teams and developed organizations in different life cycle of businesses, from more than 30 countries across six continents.

Previously, Merja has been the chief human resource officer and group management board member in Building Systems business of 17,000 employees with EUR 2,3 billion net sales in 12 countries in Europe. She also served as global head of Human Resources of Services business and global head of Human Resources Development in Mining and Metals technology business of 5,000 employees with EUR 1.9 billion net sales. Before that she served as global head of Human Resources Development for a leading global manufacturer of consumer and specialty packaging company.

Earlier in her career, Merja was a partner, executive consultant and member of the leadership team of a leading Finnish based management consultant company, serving big domestic and international corporations and public sector organizations in demanding consultancy projects almost 20 years.


Merja holds an M.B.A. in Digital Business from University of San Francisco/Helia and a B.B.A. in Foreign Trade from Turku University of Applied Sciences. She has also post-graduate studies of Masters of Organizational Change from Ashridge. Merja is Certified Executive Coach.

She speaks fluent Finnish and English and conversational Swedish, German and French.