Sanoma Corporation, Stock Exchange Release, 1 February 2024 at 12:30 EET
Proposals of the Shareholders’ Nomination Committee to Sanoma’s Annual General Meeting 2024
The Shareholders’ Nomination Committee of Sanoma Corporation presents the following proposals to the Annual General Meeting planned to be held on 17 April 2024. The proposals will also be included in the Notice to the Annual General Meeting to be published at the later date.
Proposal of the composition of the Board of Directors
The Shareholders’ Nomination Committee proposes that the number of the members of the Board of Directors is set at eight.
The Nomination Committee proposes that Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Julian Drinkall, Rolf Grisebach, Anna Herlin, Mika Ihamuotila, Sebastian Langenskiöld and Eugenie van Wiechen are re-elected as members of the Board of Directors. Nils Ittonen and Denise Koopmans have informed that they do not stand for re-election to the Board. Consequently, the Nomination Committee proposes that Klaus Cawén shall be elected as a new member of the Board. In addition, the Shareholders’ Nomination Committee has proposed that Pekka Ala-Pietilä is elected as the Chair and Klaus Cawén as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
Klaus Cawén, born 1957, Finnish citizen, LL.M. from Columbia University, New York, USA; LL.M. from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Klaus Cawén has worked at Kone Corporation since 1983 and currently acts as Executive Advisor. He was earlier Executive Vice President and member of the Kone Executive Board in 1991−2021 and has worked in several leadership positions related to e.g. M&A, strategic alliances and legal within Kone. In addition, Cawén is Vice Chair of the board in Metso Corporation and member of the board in A. Ahlström Corporation as well as Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation. He is also Senior Advisor at DevCo Partners Ltd.
Essential biographical information on all Board member candidates is available on Sanoma’s website at www.sanoma.com.
All the proposed Board members are non-executive and independent of the company. With the exception of Anna Herlin (Holding Manutas Oy), all proposed members are also determined to be independent of the company’s major shareholders.
The proposed Board members have all given their consent to being elected. The term of all the Board members ends at the end of the Annual General Meeting 2025.
Remuneration of the Board of Directors
The Shareholders’ Nomination Committee proposes that the monthly remuneration payable as well as the meeting fees of the members of the Board of Directors remain unchanged as follows:
- The monthly remuneration EUR 12,000 for the Chair of the Board, EUR 7,000 for the Vice Chair of the Board, and EUR 6,000 for the members of the Board
- Board members who reside outside Finland EUR 1,000 / Board meeting where member was present
- Chairs of Board Committees EUR 3,500 / Committee meeting participated
- Members of Committees who reside outside Finland EUR 2,500 / Committee meeting where the member was present and EUR 1,500 / Committee meeting participated
- Members of Committees who reside in Finland EUR 1,500 / Committee meeting participated
Composition of the Shareholders’ Nomination Committee
The Shareholders’ Nomination Committee of Sanoma consists of up to four members representing the Company’s four largest shareholders who, on 31 May preceding the next year’s Annual General Meeting, hold the largest number of votes calculated of all shares in the Company.
In 2023, the following members were appointed to the Shareholders’ Nomination Committee: Juhani Mäkinen, Vice Chair of the Board, Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation; Antti Herlin, Chair of the Board, Holding Manutas; Robin Langenskiöld, 3rd largest shareholder in Sanoma; and Rafaela Seppälä, 4th largest shareholder in Sanoma.
Kaisa Uurasmaa, Head of Investor Relations and Sustainability, tel. +358 40 560 5601
Sanoma is an innovative and agile learning and media company impacting the lives of millions every day. Our Sustainability Strategy is designed to maximise our positive ‘brainprint’ on society and to minimise our environmental footprint. We are committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and signatory to the UN Global Compact.
Our learning products and services enable teachers to develop the talents of every child to reach their full potential. We offer printed and digital learning content as well as digital learning and teaching platforms for primary, secondary and vocational education, and want to grow our business.
Our Finnish media provide independent journalism and engaging entertainment also for generations to come. Our unique cross-media position offers the widest reach and tailored marketing solutions for our business partners.
Today, we operate in twelve European countries and employ more than 5,000 professionals. In 2022, our net sales amounted to approx. 1.3bn€ and our operational EBIT margin excl. PPA was 14.6%. Sanoma shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. More information is available at sanoma.com.