Board of Directors and Executive Board


Board of directors

The Board of Directors was elected in the Annual General Meeting held on 20 March 2018.

Jouko Karvinen

b. 1957, M.Sc. (Tech.), Finnish citizen.

Chairman of the Finnair Board of Directors since 16 March 2017 and Vice Chairman since 2016. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

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Main occupation:

Board professional

Relevant work history:

CEO of Stora Enso Oyj between 2007 and 2014. From 2002 to 2006 CEO of the Medical Division of Royal Philips, and previously several executive positions within ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd.

Key positions of trust:

Vice Chairman of the Board of Valmet, Member of the Foundation and Supervisory Boards of IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland, Member of International Advisory Board of Komatsu Corporation of Japan

Past key positions of trust:

2010-2016 SKF AB, Board Member and Member of Personnel Committee 2011-2016 Nokia Oyj Board Member, 2013-2016 Vice Chairman, 2012-2016 Chairman of Audit Committee, Member of Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee


Colm Barrington

b. 1946, MA (Econ), Irish citizen.

Vice Chairman and member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2017. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Audit Committee

Main occupation:

CEO and Director of Fly Leasing Limited

Relevant work history:

CEO of FLY Leasing Ltd, a NYSE listed aircraft leasing company, since 2007. Over 40 years of management experience in the aviation industry including with the former Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus plc and with the aircraft leasing companies GPA Group plc, GE Capital Aviation Services and BBAM LLC.

Key positions of trust:

Member of the Board of Directors of IFG Group plc and Hibernia REIT plc.

Past key positions of trust:

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aer Lingus in 2008–2015.


Montie Brewer

b. 1957, BA (Business Administration), US citizen.

Member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2018. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Audit Committee

Main occupation:

Board professional

Relevant work history:

President & CEO of Air Canada 2004-2009 and the Executive Vice President Commercial of Air Canada 2002-2004. Prior to this, he held senior positions at United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Republic Airlines, Braniff and Trans World Airlines. He has planned and developed over 20 hub operations worldwide, managed low-cost airline operations and successfully restructured the route networks of three major carriers.

Key positions of trust:

Board of Directors of Allegiant Travel Company

Past key positions of trust:

Board member in several companies and organisations of the travel industry, such as Aer Lingus, Swiss International Airlines, Air Canada, Star Alliance, AirHelp and IATA. He further sits on the.


Mengmeng Du

b. 1980, M.Sc. (Econ), M.Sc. (Computer science), Swedish citizen.

Member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2017. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Compensation and nomination committee

Main occupation:

Digital advisor, board professional

Relevant work history:

Du has held management positions in several digital startups since 2008, including COO at Acast, a podcast platform, various director-level roles within Operations, Marketing and International Growth at Spotify, and VP Product Development at Stardoll. Currently, she is a co-founder of GetGeek, an IT support startup, and a digital advisor through her firm Mimion.

Key positions of trust:

Member of the Board of Directors of Skandia and Netonnet Group and Member of the Swedish National Innovation Council.

Past key positions of trust:

Member of the Board of Directors of Filippa K 2015–2017, Member of the Board of Directors of Skånska Byggvaror 2012–2016, Member of the Board of Directors of Qliro Group (ex CDON) 2010–2016.


Maija-Liisa Friman

b. 1952, M.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), Finnish citizen.

Member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2012. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Audit Committee (Chairman)

Main occupation:

Board professional

Relevant work history:

Mrs. Maija-Liisa Friman was President and CEO of Aspocomp Group Oyj in 2004–2007, Managing Director of Vattenfall Oy in 2000–2004 and President of Gyproc Oy in 1993–2000.

Key positions of trust:

Member of the Boards of Essity AB and the Finnish Securities Market Association, partner of Boardman Oy.

Past key positions of trust:

Chairman of the Board and member of the Board of Helsinki Deaconess Institute 2009-2017, Vice Chairman of the Board and member of Neste Oyj 2017-2017, Member of the Boards of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolag SCA 2016-2017, Member of the Board of LKAB 2008-2017, Member of the Board of Talvivaara Mining Company Plc in 2013–2015, Member of the Board of TeliaSonera AB in 2007–2013 and Chairman of TeliaSonera's Audit Committee in 2009–2013, Member of the Board of Metso Corporation in 2003–2010 and Chairman of the Audit Committee in 2010–2012, Member of the Board of Finnish Medical Science Foundation in 2003–2008 and Vice Chairman of the Board in 2008–2011, Member of Supervisory Board of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company in 2005–2009, Member of the Board of Sponda Plc in 2001–2007, Member of the Board of Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu (coeducational school in Helsinki) in 2001–2007, Member of the Board of Rautaruukki Plc in 2001–2007, Vice Chairman of the Board of Empower Oy in 2000–2004.


Henrik Kjellberg

(b. 1971, M.Sc. (Economics), Swedish citizen.

Member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2018. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Audit Committee

Main occupation:

Board professional

Relevant work history:

Kjellberg has held various senior positions in Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies with several global online travel brands, between 2001 and 2017. His last position at Expedia group was the President of the Hotwire Group, overseeing the operations for Hotwire® and CarRentals.com™. Mr. Kjellberg has served also as the President of Expedia® Affiliate Network, providing private label booking solutions for travel suppliers. He has extensive experience in developing travel related services, such as merchant car, lodging and destination services for customers, and in building and managing supply chain for these services in EMEA, APAC and China.

Key positions of trust:

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Past key positions of trust:

Member of the Board of Directors of eLong and VOYAGES-SNCF.COM


Jonas Mårtensson

b. 1977, M.Sc. Business Admin (Business Development), M.Sc. Business Admin (Entrepreneurship), Swedish citizen.

Member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2017. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Compensation and Nomination Committee

Main occupation:

CEO of Mojang, a videogame development company

Relevant work history:

Mojang, Vice President between 2013 and 2014. Previously, Mr Mårtensson held various management positions at Betsson, an online betting and gaming company, and managed startups in entertainment, social networking and finance. Mr Mårtensson was one of the founders of Happy Socks.

Key positions of trust:

-

Past key positions of trust:

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Jaana Tuominen

b. 1960, M. Sc. (Eng.), Finnish citizen.

Member of the Finnair Board of Directors since 2014. Independent of the company and its largest shareholders.

Committee memberships:

Compensation and Nomination Committee (Chairman)

Main occupation:

CEO of Fiskars Group since 2017

Relevant work history:

Ms. Jaana Tuominen has extensive experience from international consumer businesses. Before her current position she was the CEO of Paulig Group, Managing Director of GE Healthcare Finland and General Manager of GE's Global Monitoring Solutions business unit.

Key positions of trust:

Suomen Messut Osuuskunta, member of the Board of Directors, Elintarviketeollisuusliitto ry, member of the Board of Directors, Suominen Oyj, member of the Board of Directors.

Past key positions of trust:

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Executive Board

Topi Manner

Finnair has appointed Topi Manner (M. Sc. Econ.), born 1974, as Finnair CEO as of January 1, 2019. Manner has a long career in management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and since 2016 he has worked as a member of Nordea's Group Executive Management and as Head of Personal Banking.


Pekka Vähähyyppä

b. 1960, M.Sc. Econ., eMBA, Finnair CFO as of 17 August 2015. Vähähyyppä will act as an interim CEO during 4.9.-31.12.2018

Vähähyyppä joined Finnair from Stockmann where he held different management positions in 2000- 2015, most recently as CFO. Prior to that, he held financial management positions in for example, Nestlé's Nordic subsidiaries, OKO-Venture Capital and A-lehdet Oy.

Key positions of trust:

Member of the Board of A-lehdet Oy 2013–, IATA Financial Committee June 2017-


Eija Hakakari

b. 1961, M. Sc. (Education), SVP Human Resources as of 1st of October 2014.

Before joining Finnair, Eija Hakakari was SVP Human Resources at Stora Enso's Printing and Living division. Her previous positions include SVP Human Resources at Rautaruukki and various HR director positions in both China and Finland.


Katri Harra-Salonen

b. 1969, M.Sc. (Tech), eMBA, Finnair Chief Digital Officer (CDO) as of 21 March 2016.

Harra-Salonen has conducted a long career in digital transformation positions. Since 2012, she has been a founder and the CEO of Umbrella Strategic Advisory Ltd. Previously, she has been the CEO of Fjord Sweden in Stockholm and held leadership positions at Satama Interactive in Finland and Sweden.

Key positions of trust:

Member of the Board of Veho Oy Ab 2016–


Juha Järvinen

b. 1976, BA (Hons), MBA, Chief Commercial Officer as of 1 November 2014. In Finnair service since 2012.

Mr. Järvinen has extensive experience in managing different services within the airline industry. He served as Managing Director of Finnair Cargo since March 2012, and prior to that he was the Vice President, Ground Handling International in SAS Scandinavian Airlines.


Piia Karhu

b. 1976, Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration) SVP Customer Experience as of 1 March 2016.

Karhu has held various leadership positions at Finnair since 2013, most recently in charge of network planning and business development.


Sami Sarelius

b. 1971, LLM, SVP and General Counsel, in Finnair's service since 1998.


Arja Suominen

b. 1958, MA, e-MBA, SVP Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, in Finnair's service March 2011.

Ms. Suominen previously worked for Nokia, mainly in communications positions, ultimately as Nokia's Senior Vice President, Communications.


Jaakko Schildt

b. 1970, MBA, BSc Engineering, appointed as Finnair SVP Operations on 1 March 2016.

Mr. Schildt joined Finnair from Thomas Cook Airlines UK where he held the position as Accountable Manager. Previously, Mr Schildt has worked as the head of Finnair Technical Services, as well as in various leadership positions within SAS Group.


The Management Board also includes


Heidi Glader, VP Internal Audit
Jari Huhtinen, Technical Services
Jari Paajanen, VP Flight Operations
Eveliina Huurre, VP Cabin Service
Riitta af Forselles, Head of Compliance


Personnel representatives in the Management Board


Tomi Vittaniemi, Pilot, Chairman of the Finnish Air Line Pilots' Association
Jukka Korhonen, Mechanician, Representative of the Finnish Aviation Union ry
Leif Grundström, Superintendent, Chairman of the Finnairin Tekniset ry
Juha Marjamäki, Program Manager, representative of the Finnairin ylemmät ry
Virpi Leppänen, Expert, Sales Supervising, Chairman of the Suomen Lentovirkailijat ry
Esa Heimonen, Purser, Chief Shop Steward of the Finnish Cabin Crew Union

Information on Finnair shares owned by members of Group management is available at the Euroclear Finland Oy NetSire service and Managers' Transactions releases issued by Finnair.