Management

Executive Management Group

Sanoma's Board of Directors is, by virtue of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, responsible for the Group's administration and for the appropriate organisation of its operations as well as appropriate arrangement of the control of the company accounts and finances.

The Executive Management Group (EMG) comprises the President and CEO of the Sanoma Group (Chairman), the CEOs of Sanoma Media Finland, Sanoma Media BeNe, and Sanoma Learning and the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of the Sanoma Group.

The duties of the President and CEO of Sanoma are governed primarily by the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act. The President and CEO assumes independent responsibility for the Group's daily operations, in line with strategic goals and operational plans approved by the Board of Directors and in accordance with general principles confirmed by the Board of Directors.

According to the Corporate Governance Principles of Sanoma, the Executive Management Group supports the President and CEO in her duties in co-ordinating the Group's management and preparing matters to be discussed at Board meetings. 

 

Susan Duinhoven

President and CEO

Susan Duinhoven

President and CEO, Sanoma

Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), B.S. (Physical Chemistry)

Born 1965, Dutch citizen

Chair of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma

Served as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board at Koninklijke Wegener N.V. (The Netherlands) 2013–2015. CEO of Western Europe at Thomas Cook Group Plc (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) 2012–2013. CEO at Thomas Cook Nederland B.V. 2010–2011. Managing Director of Benelux & New Acquisitions Europe at Reader’s Digest 2008–2010. CEO at De Gule Sider A/S (Denmark) 2005–2007. COO & Marketing Director at De Telefoongids (The Netherlands) 2002–2005.

Key board memberships or positions of trust

Sanoma Board of Directors

Kim Ignatius

Executive Vice President 

Kim Ignatius

Executive Vice President, Sanoma

B.Sc. (Econ.)

Born 1956, Finnish citizen

Member of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma since 2008

Served TeliaSonera 2000–2008 as Executive Vice President and CFO. Previously served Tamro Corporation as CFO and as a member of the Executive Board, among others.

Key board memberships or positions of trust

Fortum Corporation (Member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee)

John Martin

CEO Sanoma Learning

John Martin

CEO, Sanoma Learning

PhD in Molecular Biology, B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry

Born 1970, British citizen

Member of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma since 2011

CEO of Sanoma Digital (ad interim) 2014, Chief Strategy & Digital Officer of Sanoma 2011–2013, Chief Operating Officer, Learning at Sanoma Learning 2009–2011. Director of ContentConnected, consulting on online publishing and information services 2006–2009. Chief Commercial Officer in the Executive Board of Swets Information Services 2004–2006 and Managing Director of Swets & Zeitlinger Publishers 2001–2003. Various roles in scientific publishing at Swets and Wolters Kluwer 1996-2001.

Peter de Mönnink

CEO, Sanoma Media BeNe

Peter de Mönnink

CEO Sanoma Media BeNe

Born 1963, Dutch citizen

Member of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma since 2014

CEO of Reed Business Information International and the Netherlands 2009–2013, Global Chief Strategy & Internet Officer 2002–2008. Joined Reed Business in 1988 and held several leadership positions within the company as Publisher, Managing Director for the Elsevier Media, and Internet Director, among others.

Key board memberships or positions of trust

Executive Committee and General Board Dutch Publishers Association, external member of the Achmea members council with business expertise, Supervisory board of the Linda Foundation

Pia Kalsta

CEO, Sanoma Media Finland

Pia Kalsta

CEO Sanoma Media Finland (as of 1 March 2015)

M.Sc. (Econ.)

Born 1970, Finnish citizen

Member of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma as of 1 March 2015.

Served Nelonen Media 2001–2015. President 2014–2015, President, acting 2013–2014, Senior Vice President, Head of Consumer Business, Marketing & Business Development 2012–2013, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing 2008–2012, Vice President, Sales 2006–2008, Marketing Manager 2001–2006, among others. Several positions at SCA Hygiene Products e.g. as Key Account Manager, Product Manager and Marketing Manager 1996–2001.

Markus Holm

CFO and COO, Sanoma Corporation

Markus Holm

CFO and COO of Sanoma Corporation (as of 1 February 2017)

M.Sc. (Econ.)

Born 1967. Finnish citizen.

Member of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma as of 1 February 2017.

Joined Sanoma from Metsä Group. CFO of Metsä Board Corporation 2014–2016 and of Metsä Tissue Corporation 2008–2013. Finance and ICT Director in GlaxoSmithKline Oy 2005–2008. Various managerial positions in finance, treasury, global sourcing and investor relations in Huhtamäki Oyj, 1994–2004 in Finland and 1999–2002 in Brazil.

Sanoma's Executive Management Group (EMG) supports the President and CEO in her duties in co-ordinating the Group's management and preparing matters to be discussed at Board meetings. 

Corporate governance

 

Pekka Ala-Pietilä

Chairman
of the Board

Pekka Ala-Pietilä

Chairman of the Board of Sanoma since 2016.

Vice Chairman of the Board 2015–2016.

Sanoma Board member since 2014, term ends in 2017.

Member of the Executive Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Born 1957, Finnish citizen.

M.Sc. (Econ.), D.Sc. (Tech.) h.c., D.Sc. h.c.

Chairman of the Board, Huhtamäki Oyj

Co-founder and CEO of Blyk Services Oy 2006–2012. Various positions with Nokia Corporation 1984–2005, among others as President 1999–2005, President, Nokia Mobile Phones 1992-1998 and Group Executive Board Member 1992–2005.

Key board memberships

Huhtamäki Oyj (Finland) (Chairman), Pöyry Plc (Finland), SAP AG (Germany) (Supervisory Board).

Antti Herlin

Vice Chairman
of the Board

Antti Herlin

Vice Chairman of the Board since 2016.

Chairman of the Board of Sanoma 2013-2016.

Sanoma Board member since 2010, term ends in 2019.

Independent of the company.

Born 1956, Finnish citizen.

D.Sc. (Econ.) h.c. (The State University of Economics and Finance of St. Petersburg), D.Sc. (Econ.) h.c. (Helsinki School of Economics), D.Sc. (Art and Design) h.c. (University of Art and Design Helsinki), D.Sc. (Tech.) h.c.(The Aalto University schools of technology)

Chairman of the Board of KONE Corporation.

Vice Chairman of KONE Corporation 1996–2003 and CEO 1996–2006.

Key board memberships

KONE Corporation (Finland) (Chairman), Holding Manutas Oy (Finland) (Chairman), Security Trading Oy (Finland) (Chairman), Thorsvik Invest Oy (Finland) (Chairman)

Other board memberships or positions of trust

KONE Corporation Centennial Foundation (Finland) (Chairman), Tiina & Antti Herlin Foundation (Finland) (Chairman)

 

Anne Brunila

Board member

Anne Brunila

Sanoma Board member since 2013, term ends in 2019. Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Born 1957, Finnish citizen

Ph. D. (Econ.), D.Sc. (Econ.) h.c.,

Professor of Practice, Hanken School of Economics (Finland)

Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Strategy and Member of the Management Team of Fortum 2009–2012. President and CEO of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation 2006–2009, Director General in the Finnish Ministry of Finance 2003-2006, several positions in the Bank of Finland 1991-1999, Economic Advisor in the European Commission 2000-2002.

Key board memberships

KONE Plc (Finland), Stora Enso Oyj (Finland)

Other board memberships or positions of trust

Aalto University Board (Finland)(Chairman)

Susan Duinhoven

Board member

Susan Duinhoven

Sanoma Board member since 8 April 2015, term ends in 2018.

Independent of major shareholders.

Born 1965, Dutch citizen

Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), B.S. (Physical Chemistry)

President and CEO of Sanoma and the Chair of the Executive Management Group of Sanoma.

CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board at Koninklijke Wegener N.V. (The Netherlands) 2013–2015. CEO of Western Europe at Thomas Cook Group Plc (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) 2012–2013. CEO at Thomas Cook Nederland B.V. 2010–2011. Managing Director of Benelux & New Acquisitions Europe at Reader’s Digest 2008–2010. CEO at De Gule Sider A/S (Denmark) 2005–2007. COO & Marketing Director at De Telefoongids (The Netherlands) 2002–2005.

Mika Ihamuotila

Board member

Mika Ihamuotila

Sanoma board member since 2013, term ends in 2019. Member of the Human Resources Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Born 1964, Finnish citizen

Ph.D. (Econ.)

Executive Chairman of the Board of Marimekko Corporation

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Marimekko Corporation 2015-2016. President and CEO of Marimekko Corporation 2008–2015. President and CEO of Sampo Bank Plc 2001–2007, President and CEO of Mandatum Bank Plc 2000–2001, Executive Director of Mandatum Bank Plc 1998–2000, Partner of Mandatum & Co Ltd 1994–1998. Visiting scholar of Yale University (USA) 1992–1993.

Key board memberships

Rovio Entertainment Ltd (Finland)

Other board memberships or positions of trust

Foundation for Economic Education) (Finland), Finnish Cultural Foundation (Supervisory Board)

 

Nils Ittonen

Board member

Nils Ittonen

Sanoma board member since 2014, term ends in 2017. Member of the Audit Committee and the Executive Committee.

Independent of the company.

Born 1954, Finnish citizen

B.Sc. (Econ.)

Various positions with Sanoma Group 1977–2010, among others as Group Treasurer, Senior Vice President of Group Treasury, Real Estate and Risk Management. Member of the Executive Management Group 1999–2007.

Key board membership

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation (Finland)(Chairman)

Denise Koopmans

Board member

Denise Koopmans

Sanoma Board member since 2015, term ends in 2018. Member of the Audit Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Born 1962, Dutch citizen

LL.M., AMP Harvard Business School, IDP Insead.

Independent Board Director

Managing Director of the Legal & Regulatory Division at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (The Netherlands) 2011–2014. CEO at LexisNexis Intelligence Solutions and LexisNexis Analytics (France) and a member of the Senior Leadership team at LexisNexis International (UK) 2007–2011. Various senior executive roles at Altran Group (France, USA, Spain) 2000–2007.

Other board memberships or positions of trust

Janssen de Jong Groep B.V. (the Netherlands) (Supervisory Board), Wenk AG (Switzerland) (Supervisory Board), WWF Netherlands (Board of Trustees)

Robin Langenskiöld

Board member
 

Robin Langenskiöld

Sanoma Board member since 2013. Term ends in 2018. Member of the Audit Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Born 1946, Finnish citizen

B.Sc. (Econ.)

Member of the Board of Sanoma Osakeyhtiö 1990–1999 and SanomaWSOY Corporation 1999–2008.

Rafaela Seppälä

Board member

Rafaela Seppälä

Sanoma Board member since 2008, term ends in 2017. Member of the Human Resources Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

M.Sc. (Journalism), Columbia University School of Journalism

Born 1954, Finnish citizen

SanomaWSOY Board member 1999–2003, President of Lehtikuva Oy 2001–2004, Project Manager at Helsinki Media Company Oy 1994–2000, Member of the Board of Directors of Sanoma Osakeyhtiö 1994-1999.

Key board memberships

Globart Projects Oy (Finland) (Chairman), Globart Projects Sweden AB (Sweden) (Chairman), Adtile Technologies Inc. (USA)

Other board memberships or positions of trust

Guggenheim Helsinki Supporting Foundation (Finland) (Vice Chairman), ELO Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Food Culture, Villa Ensi Foundation (Finland)

 

Kai Öistämö

Board member

Kai Öistämö

Sanoma Board member since 2011, term ends in 2017. Chairman of the Human Resources Committee.

Independent of the company and major shareholders.

Ph.D. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Eng.)

Born 1964, Finnish citizen

Executive Partner, Siris Capital Group LLC

Other board memberships or positions of trust

Fastems Oy, (Finland) (Chairman), Helvar Oy (Finland) (Chairman), Oikian Solutions Oy (Finland)(Chairman), InterDigital Inc. (US), Qt Group Oyj (Finland), Xura LTD (UK)

 
 

Board of directors

The term of office of Sanoma's Board members is three years. The terms of office have been arranged so that about one third of the members are elected annually.

The members of the Board of Directors except for Susan Duinhoven are non-executive directors and independent of the Company. Eight members (Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Anne Brunila, Susan Duinhoven, Mika Ihamuotila, Denise Koopmans, Robin Langenskiöld, Rafaela Seppälä and Kai Öistämö) are also independent of major shareholders as stipulated in the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.