Board of Directors

The tasks and responsibilities of the Board of Directors of the Company are determined on the basis of the Finnish Companies Act as well as other applicable legislation. The Board of Directors has general authority to decide and act in all matters not reserved for other corporate governing bodies by law or under the provisions of the company’s articles of association. The general task of the Board of Directors is to duly organize Orthex’s management and operations. In all situations, the Board of Directors must act in accordance with Orthex’s best interest.

Under the company’s articles of association, the Board of Directors is composed of a minimum of four and a maximum of eight ordinary members. The term of office of a member of the Board of Directors commences from the close of the annual general election in which he/she is elected and expires at the close of the following annual general meeting. Board of Directors is quorate when more than one-half of its members are present. A decision by the Board of Directors is the opinion supported by more than one-half of the members present at a meeting. In the event of a tie, the Chairman has the casting vote. The Board of Directors typically meets ten times in a year.

Duties of the Board of Directors

The duties and responsibilities of the company’s Board of Directors shall be determined by the Limited Liability Companies Act and other applicable legislation. The Board of Directors has general competence in all of the matters that are not prescribed to be decided on or carried out by other organs under law or the company’s Articles of Association. It is a general duty of Board of Directors to see to the administration of Orthex and the appropriate organisation of its operations. The Board of Directors shall in all situations act in line with the interests of Orthex.

The Board of Directors has a charter that specifies its duties. The duties of the Board of Directors shall include:

  • preparing reports of the Board of Directors, financial statements and interim reports;
  • seeing to the appropriate organisation of accounts and financial administration;
  • preparing proposals for the general meeting of shareholders and convening general meetings of shareholders;
  • approving and confirming strategic guidelines and risk management principles;
  • confirming annual budgets and operating plans;
  • appointing the CEO and deciding on the CEO’s terms of service;
  • deciding on the company structure;
  • making significant business decisions, such as mergers and acquisitions, significant contracts, investments and financing arrangements; and
  • deciding on other matters falling under the responsibilities of the Board of Directors under legislation.

Members of the Board

Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae

Chair of the Board of Directors since 2021, member of the Board of Directors since 2020

Born 1966

Finnish and Danish citizen
Bachelor’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company and its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 5,701

Finnish and Danish citizen
Bachelor’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company and its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 5,701

Current positions of trust

  • Posti Group Corporation, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2020
  • BoConcept A/S, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2016
  • TCM Group A/S, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2016
  • Altia Plc, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2013
  • Nordic Pet Care Group A/S, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2012
  • Babysam A/S, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2008
  • Harvia Plc, Member of the Board of Directors since 2020
  • CEPOS (Center for Political Studies), Member of the Board of Directors since 2017
  • Broman Group Oy, Member of the Board of Directors since 2016
  • Owner of RaKaAs ApS

Previous positions of trust

  • Footway Group AB (publ), Chair of the Board of Directors between 2015 and 2020
  • Isadora AB, Chair of the Board of Directors between 2018 and 2020
  • Paulig Ltd, Chair of the Board of Directors between 2008 and 2020
  • Workz A/S, Chair of the Board of Directors between 2016 and 2019
  • Sunset Boulevard A/S, Chair of the Board of Directors between 2007 and 2018
  • Upplands Motor AB, Member of the Board of Directors between 2010 and 2018
  • Clas Ohlson AB, Member of the Board of Directors between 2010 and 2017

Juuso Kivinen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2021, Chair of the Board of Directors between 2016 and 2021

Born 1969

Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company but not independent of its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 88,150 (Shares indirectly owned)

Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company but not independent of its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 88,150 (Shares indirectly owned)

Work history

  • Partner at Sponsor Capital Oy since 1997

Positions of trust

  • Sponsor Capital Oy, member of the Board of Directors since 2020
  • StaffPoint Oy, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2018
  • Plastiroll Oy, member of the Board of Directors between 2015 and 2019
  • Jukivest Oy, sole shareholder

Satu Huber

Member of the Board of Directors since 2020

Born 1958

Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company and its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 13,000

Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company and its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 13,000

Work history

  • Chief Executive Officer of Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company since 2015
  • Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Deputy Chief Executive Officer between 2014 and 2015
  • LähiTapiola Pension Insurance Company, Chief Executive Officer between 2008 and 2013
  • Finance Finland, Chief Executive Officer between 2006 and 2008
  • State Treasury of Finland, Director of Finance between 1997 and 2006
  • Several different tasks in the banking sector between 1982 and 1997

Current positions of trust

  • Finnish Pension Alliance TELA, Chair of the Board of Directors since 2019, member of the Board of Directors since 2015
  • Finance Finland FFI, member of the Boards of Directors since 2021
  • Schibsted ASA, member of the Boards of Directors since 2020
  • Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, member of the body of delegates since 2015
  • Finland Chamber of Commerce, member of the body of delegates since 2015
  • Trilateral Commission, member since 2014
  • Agence France Trésor, member of the Strategic Committee since 2014

Previous positions of trust

  • Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), member of the Boards of Directors between 2014 and 2020
  • Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA, member of the Boards of Directors between 2014 and 2020
  • Ahlsell AB, member of the Boards of Directors between 2016 and 2019
  • Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK), member of the Boards of Directors between 2016 and 2018
  • YIT Corporation, member of the Boards of Directors between 2009 and 2018
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation, member of the Supervisory Board between 2009 and 2018

Ari Jokelainen

Member of the Board of Directors since 2021, as well as between 2016 and 2017

Born 1955

Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company but not independent of its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 88,150 (Shares indirectly owned)

Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Economics
Independent of the company but not independent of its significant shareholders
Shareholding: 88,150 (Shares indirectly owned)

Work history

  • Partner at Sponsor Capital Oy since 2007
  • Chief Executive Officer, Exel Oyj between 1990 and 2006
  • Chief Financial Officer, Valmet Paper Machines, Pansio Works between 1987 and 1990
  • Chief Financial Officer, Wihuri Oy Wipak between 1983 and 1987

Current positions of trust

  • CEO and major shareholder, Monetari Invest Oy
  • A member of the Board of Directors, Haltija Group Oy since 2019

Previous positions of trust

  • Chair of the Boards of Directors, Sponren Oy/TLT Group Oy between 2017 and 2019
  • Chair of the Boards of Directors, Sponlator Oy/Kymppi Group Oy between 2015 and 2019
  • Chair of the Boards of Directors Haltija Group Oy between 2015 and 2018
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors  Tikomet Oy between 2013 and 2015