Corporate governance

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the proper governance and organisation of the operations of Honkarakenne Oyj and, as set out by the Articles of Association, the Board has between three and eight members. The Annual General Meeting decides on the number of Board members and elects the members to the Board. The term of Board members ends at the close of the first Annual General Meeting following their election.

The working principles and main duties of the Board of Directors have been defined in the Limited Liability Companies Act, the Finnish Corporate Governance Code and in the Board's Charter. The duties of the Board of Directors include appropriate arrangement of the control of the company’s accounting and finances. The Board of Directors approves Honkarakenne’s strategy, annual operating plans and budgets. It approves the principles and rules of risk management as well as risk limits, and regularly monitors the efficiency and adequacy of internal supervision and risk management. The Board is also responsible for the internal control of the financial reporting process.

The Board of Directors duties include:

  • deciding on company strategy, goals and objectives
  • approving the Group’s operating plan and budget and deciding on the operating policy
  • deciding on business acquisitions and M&A transactions
  • deciding on and approving the Group’s financial policies
  • deciding on significant investments, property transactions and contingent liabilities
  • controlling strategic and operational risks
  • approving the Group’s reporting procedures and internal audit
  • drafting the dividend policy, proposing dividend to the Annual General Meeting and convening the Annual General Meeting
  • appointing the CEO, the Deputy CEO or a substitute for the CEO, and deciding on their compensation and other benefits
  • deciding on compensation and other benefits for the Executive Group as well as deciding on bonus and incentive schemes of Group management and other personnel

The Board of Directors evaluates its performance and working methods as well as the independence of its members.

Board members

Kyösti Saarimäki, born 1950

Chairman of the board 2021, member of the board since 2017
Finnish citizen
Main occupation: Board professional
Education: M.Sc. in Technology, M.Sc. in Economics, Honorary title of Business Counselor

Background add

Primary working experience:

CEO of Tume Oy 1 Jan 1991-31 Dec 1991, CEO and Financial Manager Nokka-Koneet Oy 1987-1990, CEO of Finn-Mayrei Oy 1 Jan 1986-31 Dec 1986.

Key positions of trust:

Saarimäki Consulting Oy Chairman of the Board 1988–, Alkio college supporter’s club Board member 2014–, Pematic Oy Board member 2017–, Teollisuusmeklarit Oy Board member 2015–2021, Vinanssi Oy Corporate Finance Board member 2015–2021, Finn-Savotta Oy Board member (non registered) 2014–2021, Okaria Oy partner and Chairman of the Board 2005–2015

Independence

Independent of the company and the major shareholders

Arto Halonen, born 1963

Member of the board since 2021
Finnish citizen
Main occupation: CEO of Oy Lunawood Ltd
Education: Engineer, wood technology

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Primary working experience:

CEO of Oy Lunawood Ltd 2012–, various Senior VP and VP positions in UPM Group 2004–2012

Key positions of trust:

Chairman of the board of Oy Lunawood Ltd 2020–, Chairman of the board of Lunacomp Oy 2020–, Member of the board of Lunaholder Oy 2020–, Vice chairman of the board of Lämpöpuuyhdistys ry 2012–

Independence

Independent of the company and the major shareholders

Timo Kohtamäki, born 1963

Member of the board since 2017
Finnish citizen
Main occupation: CEO of Suomen-Rata Oy
Education: M.Sc. (civil engineering), Lic.Tech. (Geotechnical and Environmental)

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Primary working experience:

CEO of Suomi-Rata Oy 2021–, Lemminkäinen 1996–2014, President and CEO 2009–2014

Key positions of trust:

Member of the board Are Oy 2015–, Member of the Board Kreate Oy 2015–, Member of the Board Luja Group Oy 2017–, Chairman of the Board Finnish Construction Industries RT 2011-2012, Member of the Board Confederation of Finnish Industries 2011–2012'

Independence

Does not hold Honkarakenne shares

Independent of the company and the major shareholders

Maria Ristola, born 1983

Member of the board since 2021
Finnish Citizen
Main occupation: Sales manager of Lääkärikeskus Aava Oy
Education: Executive MBA, Nurse 2006, Occupational health nurse

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Primary working experience:

Sales manager of Lääkärikeskus Aava Oy, responsibility for large customers 2017–, Development manager of Diacor Terveyspalvelut Oy 2016–2017, Health and wellness coach of Energiapankki Oy 2015–2016, Occupational nurse of Diacor Terveyspalvelut Oy 2009–2016, Occupational health nurse of VITA-terveyspalvelut Oy 2007–2008

Independence

Not independent of the major shareholders

Independent of the company

Kari Saarelainen, born 1962

Member of the board since 2018
Finnish citizen
Main occupation: CEO SunBrandi Oy
Education: M.Sc. in Economics

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Primary working experience:

CEO of SunBrandi Oy 2020–, Export manager at Honkarakenne Oyj, Austria and Switzerland 2001–2004, Manager at Artepro Oy 2004–2020, CEO at Epira Oy 1992–2001.

Key positions of trust:

Member of the Board at SunBrandi Oy 2020–, Chairman of the Board at Saarelainen Oy 2017–2018, Chairman of the Board at Veljekset Saarelaisen säätiö sr 2017–2018, Member of the Board at Honkarakenne Oyj 2004–2008, Export manager at Honkarakenne Oyj, Austria and Switzerland 2001–2004, Member of the Board at Epira Oy 2005–2010

Independence

Not independent of the major shareholders.

Independent of the company.

Insider holdings

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Board of Executives

See our Board of Executives