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Board of Directors and Committees

Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae

Board Chair

Board Professional
b. 1966, B.Sc. (Business Administration)

Member of the Board since 2020
Chair of the Personnel Committee
Chair of the Strategy Committee

Employment history:

  • Reckitt Benckiser Scandinavia AS (2004-2008): Managing Director Scandinavia
  • Synoptik International Retail (2001-2004): Director of Marketing and Business development
  • Procter & Gamble Europe (1998-2001): European Marketing Manager

Positions of trust: 

  • Board Chair: BoConcept AS, TCM Group A/S, Orthex Group, Nordic Pet Care Group AS, N’Age AS, Finnair plc
  • Board Member: Elopak AS, Broman Group Motonet Oy

Raija-Leena Hankonen-Nybom

Board Member

Board Professional
b. 1960, M.Sc. (Econ.), APA-certificate

Member of the Board since 2020
Chair of the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee

Employment history:

  • KPMG Oy Ab (2001–3/2019): Lead Audit Partner
  • KPMG Oy Ab (2016–2018): Chairman of the Board
  • KPMG Oy Ab (2010–2016): CEO
  • KPMG Oy Ab (2006–2010): Head of Audit, Member of the Group Management Team
  • KPMG Oy Ab (2005–2006): Head of Financial Services Group
  • KPMG Brazil, Sao Paulo (2003–2005): Transfer as an IFRS Advisor
  • KPMG Oy Ab (1987–2003): Various positions in Audit practice
  • Corporate accountant, controller, financial analyst roles 1981–1987

Positions of trust: 

  • Board Member and Audit Committee Chair: Danske Bank A/S, Metsä Board Corporation, Helsinki Deaconess Institute Foundation
  • Board Member and Audit and Risk Management Committee Chair: Cargotec Corporation
  • Board Member: Directors’ Institute Finland, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Boardview Oy

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen

Board Member

CEO
b. 1967, M.Sc. (Eng.)

Member of the Board since 2021
Member of the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee

Employment history:

  • Samskip Holding BV (since 2019): CEO
  • Containerships plc (2012-2019): CEO
  • Nokian Tyres plc (2006-2011): VP Global Sales and Logistics
  • Nokian Tyres plc (2001-2005): VP Logistics and Purchasing
  • Metsä Tissue Corp (1999-2001): Logistics Director (Bonn, Germany)
  • Metsä Tissue Corp (1998-1999): Logistics Manger
  • Metsä Serla Tissue (1995-1997): Logistics Planning Manager
  • Oy Esso Ab (1993-1995): Technical Purchaser
  • Valio Ltd (1992-1993): Diploma Thesis and logistics projects

Jukka Leinonen

Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors

Board Professional
b. 1962, M.Sc. (Eng.)

Member of the Board since 2022
Member of Strategy Committee
Member of the Personnel Committee

Employment history:

  • Telenor ASA (2019–2022): EVP and Head of Nordics
  • DNA Plc (2013–2021): President and CEO
  • DNA Plc (2010-2013): Senior Vice President, Corporate Business
  • Sonera Plc (2000–2009): Various senior management positions in corporate business sales, marketing and product management
  • Sonera Solutions Oy (1996–1999): President and CEO

Positions of trust:

  • Board Chair: Lassila&Tikanoja plc

Frank Marthaler

Board Member

Board Professional
b. 1964, Lic.oec. HSG

Member of the Board since 2018
Member of the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee
Member of the Strategy Committee

Employment history:

  • Independent Board Member and Senior Advisor (since 2014)
  • Swiss Post Solutions (2007–2014): CEO and Member of the Executive Management of Swiss Post
  • Swiss Post (2001–2007): Director of Strategic Account Management and Director of Group Sales Committee

Positions of trust:

  • Board Member: Aletsch Bahnen AG, Trendcommerce Group AG, Legal Claims Holding AG, Parashift AG

Satu Ollikainen

Employee Representative

Posti Group National Chief Shop Steward
b. 1970

Member of the Board since 2020

Employment history:

  • Posti Group Corporation (since 2018): National Chief Shop Steward
  • Posti Group Corporation (2007–2017): Regional Chief Shop Steward
  • Posti Group Corporation (2004–2007): Regional Shop Steward
  • Posti Group Corporation (1998–2007): Postal worker

Positions of trust

  • Board Chair: Finnish Post and Logistics Union PAU, 1. Vice-Chairman
  • Board Deputy Chair: Posti Group Corporation Personnel Fund
  • Board Member: Posti Group Corporation Occupational Well-being Foundation
  • Board Deputy Member: Open Unemployment Fund A-kassa

Minna Pajumaa

Board Member

Government Ownership Steering Department, Senior Financial Counsellor
b. 1963, M.Sc. (Econ.), CEFA

Member of the Board since 2019
Member of the Personnel Committee

Employment history:

  • Government Ownership Steering Department (since 2017): Senior Financial Counsellor
  • Government Ownership Steering Department (2009–2017): Senior Financial Adviser
  • HSH Norbank AG (2004–2008): Client Executive, Structured Corporate Finance
  • HSH Norbank AG (2002–2004): Project Manager, Export and Project Finance
  • Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (1998–2002): Vice President, Export and Project Finance
  • Finnish Export Credit Ltd (1996–1998): Regional Representative, Singapore Office
  • Finnish Export Credit Ltd (1994–1996): Assistant Regional Representative, Hongkong Office

Positions of trust:

  • Board Member: Gasum Ltd, Finnair plc

Anni Ronkainen

Board Member

Board Professional
b. 1966, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Member of the Board since 2023

Member of the Personnel Committee
Member of the Strategy Committee

Employment history:

  • Kesko Corporation (2015–02/2023): Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer
  • Google Finland Ltd (2009–2015): Country Manager Finland
  • Google Finland Ltd (2008–2009): Industry Head, Multi-sector
  • McCann Helsinki Group (2006–2008): CEO of McCann Helsinki, Momentum Helsinki and MRM Worldwide Helsinki
  • Satama Finland (Satama Interactive) 1999-2006: Business Group Director (2001-2006), Managing Consultant (2000-2001), Senior Consultant (1999–2000)
  • Publicis-Törmä Helsinki 1996–1999: Group Account Director (1999), Planner (1996–1998)
  • Consumer Compass, Helsinki 1992–1996: Research Director (1995–1996), Research Manager (1992–1995)
  • The Association of the Commercial Students in Finland (1991–1992): Helsinki Secretary of International Affairs.

Positions of trust:

  • Board Member: Lassila & Tikanoja plc, Kontiotuote Ltd, Aallon Group plc, Fennia Mutual Insurance Company (Chair of the Digital and Transformation Committee), University of Vaasa (Digital Economy Advisory Board), Annibility Oy.
  • Board and Personnel Committee member: Loihde Plc

Stefan Svensson

Board Member

COO
b. 1980, M.Sc. (Eng.)

Member of the Board since 2023

Employment history:

  • Nelly NLY AB (Since 2021): COO
  • NetOnNet AB (2015–2021): Logistics and aftersales manager
  • Focus Nordic AB (2010–2015): Logistics and IT-manager
  • ProFlow AB (2006–2010): Logistics Consultant

Positions of trust:

  • Board Member: Nelly NLY AB

Hanna Vuorela

Board Member

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
b. 1973, M.Sc. (Eng.), (B.Soc.Sc.)

Member of the Board since 2020
Member of the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee

Employment history:

  • Huhtamäki Corporation (since 2023): Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
  • Uponor Corporation (2015–2022): Vice President, Strategic Development
  • Microsoft Corporation (2014–2015): Director, Strategy, Microsoft Devices Group
  • Nokia Corporation (2010–2014): Director, Strategy, Corporate Development
  • Nokia Corporation (2009–2010): Director, Operational Development, Devices Quality & Delivery
  • Nokia Corporation (2006–2007): Senior Manager; Strategy and Business Analysis, Mobile Devices Business Unit, Enterprise Solutions
  • FUSIONONE Inc., San Jose, CA, USA (1999–2005): Director, Business Development
  • McKinsey & Company (1998–1999): Consultant
  • Nokia Mobile Phones (1997–1998): Channel Logistics Analyst

 

Board of Directors

Posti’s General Meeting elects members of the Board of Directors and appoints its Chair and Deputy Chair. The Board of Directors is composed of five to ten members. The term of office for members of the Board of Directors is one year and it ends at the close of the following Annual General Meeting.

The Government Ownership Steering Department prepares the final proposal for the Board composition, and presents it to the General Meeting for decision.

The Board of Directors evaluates its members’ independence on an annual basis, and re-evaluates it as necessary. The Board also conducts an annual self-evaluation of its operations and working methods. All Board members other than Minna Pajumaa, who has an employment relationship with the Ownership Steering Department of the Prime Minister’s Office, are independent of the shareholders, and based on the Board of Directors’ overall evaluation, all Board members are independent of the company except Satu Ollikainen, who has an employment relationship with a Group company.

The duties of Posti’s Board of Directors are determined in the Companies Act and the Articles of Association, certain Posti Policies approved by the Board of Directors, and the Board’s Charter also approved by the Board. The Charter lays out the Board of Directors’ key responsibilities and working principles.

Accordingly, the Board is, among other things, responsible for:

  • looking after the company’s administration and proper organization of its operations;
  • appointing and, if necessary, dismissing the President and CEO, and resolving of his/her remuneration;
  • preparing matters to be presented at the General Meeting of Shareholders and overseeing that the decisions are implemented;
  • overseeing the organization of financial supervision within the company;
  • affirming the company’s strategy and business plans as well as risk management principles;
  • deciding on issues of major significance or importance (e.g. significant investments, business acquisitions, divestments and closures of operations) or which are extraordinary in relation to the quality and scope of the business, as per the decision making limits decided by the Board;
  • adopting the annual, half-year and interim financial statements; and
  • preparing and approving the Remuneration policy and annual remuneration reports.

 

Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee

The Board of Directors elects 3–4 members to the Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee. The members shall have the qualifications necessary to perform the responsibilities assumed by the Committee, which include, among others:

  • overseeing and reviewing of the company’s financial reporting system;
  • considering the report on non-financial matters, including taxonomy reporting and oversight of the ESG/sustainability reporting to the extent applicable
  • monitoring and reviewing of the effectiveness of the internal control systems, internal audit and risk management policies;
  • monitoring and reviewing of the related party transactions;
  • overseeing of the statutory audit as well as considering the audit report, possible audit minutes as well as the additional Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee report prepared by the auditor;
  • preparing a proposal for appointment of the auditor;
  • assessing the independence of the auditor and ensuring oversight of the additional services offered by the auditor; and
  • steering and monitoring activities of the Chief Compliance Office and the Internal Auditor.

 

Personnel Committee

The Board of Directors elects 3-4 members to the Personnel Committee. The members shall have the qualifications necessary to perform the responsibilities assumed by the Committee, which include, among others:

  • preparation of decisions concerning the appointments and remuneration of the President and CEO and the executive management;
  • preparation of the outlines of the group’s remuneration, bonus and incentive schemes, and ensuring that they are fair and competitive;
  • preparation of the Remuneration policy and Remuneration report;
  • participation in succession planning and monitoring the development of key potentials; and
  • monitoring employee satisfaction, occupational health and safety and related company activities.

 

Strategy Committee

The Board of Directors elects 3-5 members to the Strategy Committee. The members shall have the qualifications necessary to perform the responsibilities assumed by the Committee. The Strategy Committee is to consider and prepare the company’s strategic decisions, which are, for example:

  • acquisitions or divestments requiring Board’s approval or being otherwise strategically significant;
  • other significant strategic transactions or measures, including significant changes in the business portfolio, being subject to Board approval;
  • regular reviews of the Company’s strategy to the Board; and
  • proposals for significant amendments to the Company’s strategy or its implementation.

 

See also

Remuneration