Board of Directors

The 2022 Annual General Meeting elected six members to Suominen's Board of Directors. The term of office of the members of the Board of Directors ends at the close of the Annual General Meeting 2023.

Jaakko Eskola

b. 1958
Finnish citizen
M.Sc. (Eng.)

Member of the Board since 2021
Chair of the Board since 2021
Independent member

Principal working experience

Wärtsilä Corporation, Senior Advisor to the Board and Executive Team, 2021
Wärtsilä Corporation, President & CEO, 2015–2021
Wärtsilä Corporation, Senior Executive Vice President and Deputy to the CEO, 2013–2015
Wärtsilä Corporation, President, Marine Solutions, 2006–2015
Wärtsilä Corporation, Vice President, Power Plants Sales & Marketing, 2005–2006
Wärtsilä Development & Financial Services Oy, President, 1998–2005
PCA Corporate Finance, Executive Director, 1997–1998
Kansallis-Osake-Pankki, various managerial positions in international project finance, 1986–1997
Industrialization Fund of Finland, Corporate Analyst, 1984–1986
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Researcher, 1983–1984

Positions of trust

Chair of the Board, Enersense International Oyj
Chair of the Board, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Chair of the Board, Technology Industries of Finland
Chair of the Board, Cargotec Oyj
Deputy Chair of the Board, Valmet Oyj
Member of the Board, Confederation of Finnish Industries
Member of the Board, Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion

Andreas Ahlström

b. 1976
Finnish citizen
M.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration)

Member of the Board since 2015
Deputy Chair of the Board since 2020
Non-independent member

Principal working experience

Investment Director, Ahlström Capital Oy 2016-
Investment Manager, Ahlström Capital Oy 2010–2016
Sales Manager for Nordic Countries, Credit Agricole Asset Management 2006–2010
Account Manager Nordic Countries, Factiva a Dow Jones & Reuters Co 2005–2006
Customer Development Executive , Factiva a Dow Jones & Reuters Co 2004–2005
Consultant, Result Venture Knowledge 2003–2004

Positions of trust

Chair of the Board, Frangible Safety Posts
Member of the Board, Ripasso Energy
Member of the Board, Scandinavian Biogas

Aaron Barsness

b. 1973
U.S. and Swedish citizen
BA (Biology and Environmental Studies)

Member of the Board since 2022
Independent member

Primary working experience:

CMO, Fazer Group, 2022 –
Head of Marketing, Fazer Group & Fazer Confectionery, 2019–2022
Managing Director & Partner, Lynxeye Brand Consultants Sweden, 2016–2019
Client Director, Lynxeye Brand Consultants, 2011–2016
Associate Marketing Director, Procter & Gamble Nordic, 2008–2011
Positions in Marketing & Commercial Teams, Procter & Gamble Nordic, 2000–2008
Product Planner, Motorola North America, 1998–2000

Björn Borgman

b. 1975
Swedish citizen
M.Sc. (Industrial Engineering)

Member of the Board since 2020
Independent member

Principal working experience

CEO, HL Display, 2020–
Group Commercial Director, HL Display, 2015–2020
VP, Sales, Canada, Reckitt Benckiser, 2013–2015
Sales Director, Czech & Slovak Republics, Reckitt Benckiser, 2011–2013
Country Manager, Sweden, Reckitt Benckiser, 2008–2011
Head of Pricing, Europe, Reckitt Benckiser, 2006–2008
Brand Manager, Nordics, Reckitt Benckiser, 2005–2006
Positions in Commercial, Marketing and Supply for Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble, 1999–2005

Swedish citizen

Nina Linander

b. 1959
Swedish citizen
B.Sc. (Economics) and MBA

Member of the Board since 2020
Independent member

Principal working experience

Partner, Stanton Chase International, 2006–2012
SVP and Head of Group Staff Finance, Electrolux AB, 2001–2005
Director and Head of Product area Electricity and other managerial positions, Vattenfall AB, 1994–2001

Positions of trust

Chair of the Board, AWA Holding AB
Chair of the Board, GreenIron H2 AB
Member of the Board, OneMed Holding AB
Member of the Board, Swedavia AB
Member of the Board, Telia Company AB

Laura Raitio

b. 1962
Finnish citizen
Licentiate of Technology (Forest Products Technology)

Member of the Board since 2015
Independent member

Principal working experience

CEO, Diacor terveyspalvelut Oy 2014–2017
Executive Vice President, Building and Energy, Member of Executive Management Team, Ahlstrom Oyj 2009–2014
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Member of Corporate Executive Team, Ahlstrom Oyj 2006–2008
Several managerial positions, Ahlstrom Group 1990–2006

Positions of trust

Chair of the Board, Boardman Oy
Chair of the Board, Helsinki Deaconess Institute
Chair of the Board, Raute Corporation
Chair of the Board, Alko Inc.
Member of the Board, Unikie Oy
Member of the Board, Heltti Oy
Member of the Board, Solidium Oy

More information about the Board

Board Committees

The Board of Directors has two permanent committees: the Audit Committee and the Personnel and Remuneration Committee.

Main duties

The main duty of the Board of Directors of Suominen is to direct Suominen’s strategy in a way that it, in the long run, enables the delivery of the financial targets set for Suominen and maximizes shareholder value while simultaneously taking into account the expectations of the key stakeholders.

Evaluation and diversity

At Suominen, diversity has been recognized as an essential success factor in the long term. The Board of Directors conduct an annual evaluation of its operation and working methods.