HELSINKI, Jan. 15, 2021 (Press Release) -The Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting of Kemira Oyj that seven members be elected to the Board of Directors and that the present members Wolfgang Büchele, Shirley Cunningham, Werner Fuhrmann, Timo Lappalainen and Jari Paasikivi be re-elected as members of the Board of Directors. Nomination Board proposes that Matti Kähkönen and Kristian Pullola be elected as new members of the Board of Directors. In addition, the Nomination Board proposes that Jari Paasikivi be re-elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Matti Kähkönen be elected as the Vice Chairman.
All the nominees have given their consent to the position and are independent of the company’s significant shareholders except for Jari Paasikivi. Jari Paasikivi is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oras Invest Oy and Oras Invest Oy owns over 10% of Kemira Oyj’s shares.
Of the current members of the Board of Directors Kerttu Tuomas, who has served on the company’s Board of Directors since 2010 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2014, and Kaisa Hietala, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2016, have informed that they will no longer be available for re-election to the next term of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Matti Kähkönen, M.Sc. (Engineering), b. 1956, has served as President and CEO of Metso Corporation in 2011-2017 and Senior Advisor in 2017-2019. In 1999-2011, Matti Kähkönen held several executive positions in the Metso Group. Prior to year 1999, he held several managerial and business development positions at Neles-Jamesbury and Rauma-Repola. Matti Kähkönen chairs the Board of Directors of Neste Corporation and Neste’s Personnel and Remuneration Committee. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Finnish Fair Corporation and Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company. Matti Kähkönen is a Finnish citizen.
Kristian Pullola, M.Sc. (Econ) b. 1973, has served in multiple executive and managerial positions in finance and treasury at Nokia Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President and CFO and as Member of the Group Leadership Team in 2017-2020. Kristian Pullola is a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company and a Member of the Board of Directors at Antilooppi, a real estate investment company. He is a candidate to Terveystalo Oyj’s Board of Directors at the spring 2021 Annual General Meeting. Kristian Pullola is a Finnish citizen.
The Nomination Board notes that the proposed changes in the composition of the Board of Directors, if implemented, will lead to a situation where the composition of the company’s Board of Directors does not comply with the diversity principles adopted by the company with regard to the gender criterion.
The purpose of the Nomination Board is to keep this situation short-lived and to rectify it as soon as possible.
The Nomination Board proposes that the remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors will remain unchanged. The remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors would thus be as follows. The annual fees: for the Chairman EUR 92,000 per year, for the Vice Chairman and the Chairman of the Audit Committee EUR 55,000 per year and for the other members EUR 44,000 per year. A fee payable for each meeting of the Board of Directors and the Board Committees would thus be as follows: for the members residing in Finland EUR 600, for the members residing in rest of Europe EUR 1,200 and for the members residing outside Europe EUR 2,400.
Travel expenses are proposed to be paid according to Kemira’s travel policy.
In addition, the Nomination Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the annual fee be paid as a combination of the company’s shares and cash in such a manner that 40% of the annual fee is paid with the company’s shares owned by the company or, if this is not possible, shares purchased from the market, and 60% is paid in cash. The shares will be transferred to the members of the Board of Directors and, if necessary, acquired directly on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors within two weeks from the release of Kemira’s interim report January 1 – March 31, 2021. The meeting fees are proposed to be paid in cash.
The Nomination Board has consisted of the following representatives: Annika Paasikivi, President and CEO of Oras Invest Oy as the Chairman of the Nomination Board; Pauli Anttila, Investment Director, Solidium Oy; Reima Rytsölä, Deputy CEO, Investments, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and Annika Ekman, Head of Direct Equity Investments, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company as members of the Nomination Board and Jari Paasikivi, Chairman of Kemira’s Board of Directors as an expert member.
Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our customers’ product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas and water treatment. In 2019, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.7 billion and over 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.