Board of Directors

Pekka Ala-Pietilä

Chairman

Antti Herlin

Vice Chairman

Julian Drinkall

Hallitus

Rolf Grisebach

Mika Ihamuotila

Nils Ittonen

Denise Koopmans


Sebastian Langenskiöld

Rafaela Seppälä

Kai Öistämö

Pekka Ala-Pietilä

Born 1957, Finnish citizen

Chairman of the Board of Sanoma since 2016
Sanoma Board member since 2014, term ends in 2021
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Independent of the company and major shareholders

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

Main occupation: Huhtamäki Oyj, Chairman of the Board

Primary work experience: Blyk Services Oy, co-founder and CEO 2006–2012; Nokia Corporation, various positions 1984–2005, among others as President 1999–2005, Nokia Mobile Phones, President, 1992–1998 and Group Executive Board Member 1992–2005

Key board memberships: Huhtamäki Oyj (Chairman), SAP AG (Supervisory Board)

 

Antti Herlin

Born 1956, Finnish citizen

Vice Chairman of the Board of Sanoma since 2016
Sanoma Board member since 2010, term ends in 2021

Member of the Executive Committee
Independent of the company
Non-independent of major shareholders: 19,506,800 (11.9%) Company’s shares in direct and indirect ownership on 31 December 2019

Education: 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 school of technology)

Main occupation: KONE Corporation, Chairman of the Board

Primary work experience: KONE Corporation, Vice Chairman of the Board 1996–2003 and CEO 1996–2006

Key board memberships: KONE Corporation (Chairman), Caverion Corporation, Holding Manutas Oy (Chairman), Security Trading Oy (Chairman)
Other board memberships or positions of trust: KONE Corporation Centennial Foundation (Chairman), Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation (Chairman), Archive Foundation of the President of Finland

 

Julian Drinkall

Born 1964, British citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2020, term ends in 2021

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Independent of the company and major shareholders

Education: Master in Public Administration John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard (2006), MBA Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (1991), MA PPE Oxford University, Merton College (1986).

Main occupation: Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), CEO

Primary work experience: CEO at Alpha Plus Holding, 2014-2016, President and CEO of EMEA and India at Cengage Learning, 2012-2014, Operating Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants, 2010-2012, Chief Executive Officer at Macmillan Education, 2007-2010, and Chief Operating Officer, 2006-2007 at MacMillan, Director of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions at Boots Company, 2003-2005, Group Strategy Director at IPC Media, 2001-2003, Head of Financial and Commercial Strategy at BBC, 1998-2001. Previous employers include Arthur D. Little, Island International (Island Records) and The LEK Partnership

Board memberships: Dragons Teaching (Chairman), Kindred Advisory Board (Vice-Chairman)

Rolf Grisebach

Born 1961, German citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2020, term ends in 2021

Member of the Audit Committee

Independent of the company and major shareholders

Education: PhD in Business Law Max-Planck-Institute (1988), Master of Business and Master of Law, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (1985).

Main occupation: Stella Partners, Partner

Primary work experience: CEO at Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 2013-2019, President of German, Swiss and Austrian operations at Pearson Germany, 2010- 2013, CEO at Deutscher Fachverlag (DFV), 2005-2010, Member of the Executive Board at Holtzbrinck Group, Stuttgart, 2001-2004, Business CEO for Education, STM and digital division at Holtzbrinck Group, New York, 1998-2001, Vice President Corporate Development at Holtzbrinck Group, 1995-1998, and Manager at Boston Consulting Group, 1988-1995, Munich and London.

Mika Ihamuotila

Born 1964, Finnish citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2013, term ends in 2021

Member of the Audit Committee
Independent of the company and major shareholders

Education: Ph.D. (Econ.)

Main occupation: Marimekko Corporation, Executive Chairman of the Board

Primary work experience: Marimekko Corporation, Chairman of the Board and CEO 2015-2016, President and CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board 2008–2015; Sampo Bank Plc, President and CEO 2001–2007; Mandatum Bank Plc, President and CEO 2000–2001, Executive Director 1998–2000; Mandatum & Co Ltd, Partner 1994–1998, Yale University, Visiting scholar 1992–1993

Key board memberships: Marimekko Corporation (Executive Chairman), Rovio Entertainment Ltd. (Chairman), Mannerheim Foundation (Chairman)

Other board memberships or positions of trust: Foundation for Economic Education, Finnish Cultural Foundation (Supervisory Board)

 

Nils Ittonen

Born 1954, Finnish citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2014, term ends in 2021

Member of the Audit Committee and the Executive Committee
Independent of the company
Non-independent of major shareholders: Chairman of Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation that held 39,820,286 (24.4%) Company’s shares on 31 December 2019

Education: B.Sc. (Econ.)

Main occupation: –

Primary work experience: Sanoma Group, various positions, including Senior Vice President of Group Treasury, Real Estate and Risk Management 1977–2010, Member of the Executive Management Group 1999–2007

Key positions of trust: Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation (Chairman)

Denise Koopmans

Born 1962, Dutch citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2015, term ends in 2021

Chair of the Audit Committee

Independent of the company and major shareholders

Education: LL.M., AMP Harvard Business School, IDP-C Insead

Main occupation: Independent Board Director

Primary work experience: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, Managing Director of the Legal & Regulatory Division 2011–2015; LexisNexis Business Information Solutions, CEO and LexisNexis International, member of the Senior Leadership team 2007–2011; Altran Group, various senior executive roles 2000–2007

Key board memberships: Coöperatie VGZ (Supervisory Board), Janssen de Jong Groep B.V. (Supervisory Board), Swiss Post

 

Sebastian Langenskiöld

Born 1982, Finnish citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2019, term ends in 2021

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Independent of the company and major shareholders

Education: Master of Science International Business Aalto University School of Business, Master of International Management CEMS Aalto University & the University of Sydney (2009–2011)

Main occupation: Salesforce ISV, Principal Partner Account Manager, EMEA Nordics 2017–  

Primary work experience: Fingertip Ltd., Founding Partner 2012–2017; Cargotec Corporation, M&A Coordinator 2011; Hansaprint Ltd., Key Account Manager 2006–2009

Rafaela Seppälä

Born 1954, Finnish citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2008, term ends in 2021

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Independent of the company and major shareholders

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

Main occupation: –

Primary work experience: SanomaWSOY, Member of the Board 1999–2003; Lehtikuva Oy, President 2001–2004; Helsinki Media Company Oy, Project Manager 1994–2000, Sanoma Osakeyhtiö, Member of the Board 1994-1999

Key board memberships: Finnish National Gallery, Globart Projects Oy (Chairman), Globart Projects Sweden AB (Chairman), Rafaela and Kaj Forsblom Foundation (Chairman)

Other board memberships or positions of trust: ELO Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Food Culture

 

Kai Öistämö

Born 1964, Finnish citizen

Sanoma Board member since 2011, term ends in 2021

Chairman of the Human Resources Committee
Independent of the company and major shareholders

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

Main occupation: Chief Operating Officer, InterDigital, Inc.

Primary work experience: –

Key board memberships: Fastens Oy (Chairman), Helvar Oy (Chairman) 

Executive Management Team

Susan Duinhoven

President and CEO

Markus Holm

CFO and COO

Pia Kalsta

CEO, Sanoma Media Finland

Rob Kolkman

CEO, Sanoma Learning

Susan Duinhoven

Born 1965, Dutch citizen

President and CEO
Chairman of the EMT since 2015
Member of the Executive Committee

Education: Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), B.Sc. (Physical Chemistry)

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

 

Markus Holm

Born 1967, Finnish citizen

CFO and COO
Member of the EMT since 2017

Education: M.Sc. (Econ.)

Work experience: Metsä Board Corporation, CFO 2014–2016, Metsä Tissue Corporation, CFO 2008–2013; GlaxoSmithKline Oy, Finance and ICT Director 2005–2008. Huhtamaki Group, various managerial positions in finance, treasury, global sourcing and investor relations in 1994–2004 in Finland and 1999–2002 in Brazil

 

Pia Kalsta

Born 1970, Finnish citizen

CEO, Sanoma Media Finland
Member of the EMT since 2015

Education: M.Sc. (Econ.)

Work experience: Nelonen Media (part of Sanoma Group) 2001–2015, e.g. 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; SCA Hygiene Products (Finland) 1996–2001, several positions e.g. Key Account Manager, Product Manager and Marketing Manager

Rob Kolkman

Born 1972, Dutch citizen

CEO, Sanoma Learning
Member of the EMT since 2019

MBA, Master in Economics (Accountancy)

Reed Business Information (part of RELX Group): Group Managing Director 2017–2018, Managing Director of ICIS 2016–2017, CEO Netherlands 2014–2016; Elsevier (part of RELX): Managing Director Australia and New Zealand 2008–2014; Reed Business Netherlands (part of RELX): Associate Director 2006-2008, Publishing Director (Finance and tax) 2004–2006 and Director of Elsevier Baard 2003–2004; various roles at BPP Professional Education Netherlands 1992–2003