The Board of Directors

It is the general obligation of Tieto’s Board of Directors to safeguard the interests of the company and its shareholders.

Composition and election of Tieto’s Board of Directors

According to Tieto’s Articles of Association, the Board of Directors shall consist of at least six and no more than twelve members. Board members have a term of office of one year, expiring at the closing of the first AGM following the election.

The company has defined as an objective that in addition to professional competence, Tieto’s Board members shall be diversified in terms of gender, occupational and professional background and that the Board as a group has sufficient knowledge of and competence in, inter alia, the company’s field of business and markets.

The SNB, which consists of representatives nominated by the company’s largest shareholders, prepares a proposal on the composition of the Board to be presented to the AGM for its decision. The company seeks to promote that the diversity principles shall be included in the written charter of the SNB and taken into account in the candidate search.

In addition to the members proposed by the SNB and elected by the AGM, Tieto’s personnel elects two members and two deputy members to the Board of Directors. The term of office for the personnel representatives is two years. This special appointment procedure is a departure from the recommendation 5 “Election of the Board of Directors” of the Corporate Governance Code 2015. The personnel representation is based on the Finnish Act on Personnel Representation in the Administration of Undertakings and originally agreed between Tieto Corporation and the personnel of the Group by way of a Personnel Representation Cooperation Agreement in 2001.

The objectives of personnel representation are, inter alia, to provide opportunities for the personnel to influence and affect the organization, to improve communication and decision-making within the Group, to increase mutual trust and confidence between corporate management and the personnel as well as to increase and develop the feeling of security among the personnel. The personnel representatives, however, are not entitled to participate in the handling of matters that concern the appointment or dismissal of corporate management, the contractual terms of the management, the terms of employment of staff or matters related to industrial actions.

Board of Directors as at 31 December 2015
Name Born Nationality Education Main occupation
Markku Pohjola
1948 Finnish BSc. (Econ.) Professional Board member
Kurt Jofs
(Deputy Chairman)
1958 Swedish MSc. (Eng.) Entrepreneur, investor and Board member
Eva Lindqvist 1958 Swedish MSc. (Eng.), MBA Professional Board member
Sari Pajari 1968 Finnish MSc. (Eng.) SVP, Supply Chain and Business Development,
Metsä Board Oyj
Endre Rangnes 1959 Norwegian BBA (Econ.) Professional Board member
Teuvo Salminen 1954 Finnish MSc. (Econ.),
Authorised Public Accountant
Professional Board member
Jonas Synnergren 1977 Swedish MSc. (Econ.) Partner, Cevian Capital AB
Lars Wollung 1961 Swedish MSc. (Econ.), MSc. (Engineering) Professional Board member
Esa Koskinen
(Personnel representative)
1955 Finnish MSc. (Econ.) Test Engineer
Anders Palklint
(Personnel representative)
1967 Swedish MSc. (Electrical Engineering) Senior Project Manager
Independency and attendance at Board and its Committees’ meetings in 2015
  Member since Independent Board Audit & Risk Committee Remuneration Committee Temporary
committee 1)
Markku Pohjola 2009 Yes 11/11 - 6/6 5/5
Kurt Jofs 2010 Yes 9/11 - 5/6 5/5
Eva Lindqvist 2010 Yes 10/11 6/6 - -
Sari Pajari 2012 Yes 11/11 - 6/6 -
Risto Perttunen 2) 2008 Yes 1/1 - 2/2 -
Endre Rangnes 2014 Yes 10/11 1/1 4/6  
Teuvo Salminen 2010 Yes 11/11 6/6 - 5/5
Jonas Synnergren 2012 No 11/11 6/6 - 5/5
Lars Wollung 3) 2015 Yes 10/10 4/5 - -
Esa Koskinen 2014 - 11/11 - - -
Anders Palklint 2014 - 10/11 4) - - -

All Board members of Tieto are independent of the company and seven out of eight members are independent of the company’s significant shareholders. The independence of the members is evaluated at the Board’s constitutive meeting. The Board members shall inform the Board if any changes in these circumstances occur, in which case their independence will be re-evaluated.

More detailed background information regarding the Board members, such as working experience, past and present positions of trust and the Remuneration Statement, is presented on the company’s website

Tasks of Tieto’s Board

The main duties and working principles of the Board have been defined in a written charter. Additionally, the work of the Board is based on an annual action plan.

More specifically, the Board:

  • approves the company’s values, strategy and organizational structure
  • defines the company’s dividend policy
  • approves the company’s annual plan and budget and supervises their implementation
  • monitors management succession issues, appoints and discharges the President and CEO
  • decides on the President and CEO’s compensation, sets annual targets and evaluates their accomplishment
  • decides on the compensation of the President and CEO’s immediate subordinates
  • addresses the major risks and their management at least once a year
  • reviews and approves interim reports, annual reports and financial statements
  • reviews and approves the company’s key policies
  • meets the company’s auditors at least once a year without the company’s management
  • appoints the members and Chairmen of the Board’s committees and defines their charters
  • reviews assessments of its committees as well as the President and CEO
  • evaluates its own activities.

Work of Tieto’s Board

The Board has scheduled meetings every one to two months. Besides the Board members, the meetings are attended by the President and CEO, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and General Counsel, who acts as secretary of the meetings. In addition to the scheduled meetings, the Chairman shall convene the Board whenever needed as well as at the request of any of its members or the President and CEO.

Matters to be handled are prepared by the Board committees and the President and CEO. The Board receives information on the company’s financial performance monthly and more detailed financial reports quarterly. Any material related to issues to be handled by the Board is provided five days prior to the meeting. Other case-specific materials are delivered at the management’s initiative or the Board’s request. Board members shall be informed about all significant company events immediately.

Work of Tieto’s Board in 2015

  • The Board convened 11 times in 2015 and the average attendance was 97.8%.
  • The Board met once during the year without the management present.
  • The Board held one joint meeting with the auditors.
  • The Board met the auditors once without the presence of the management.

Assessment of the Board

The performance of Tieto’s Board is assessed annually; the latest assessment was carried out together with an external consultant in late 2015. Assessments review the Board’s knowledge of the company’s operations and management as well as its understanding of the field of business. Additionally, the effectiveness of the Board work is evaluated. The SNB is informed of the results, which are also taken into consideration when the Board draws up its next annual plan.

Board committees

Tieto’s Board is assisted by two permanent committees that prepare matters for which the Board is responsible. The Board defines the charters of the committees and decides on their composition.

The entire Board remains responsible for the duties assigned to the committees. The Audit and Risk Committee, however, prepares independently a proposal on the nomination of the company’s auditors for the AGM on behalf of the whole Board and assesses their compensation as well as arranges the tender process.

Remuneration Committee (RC)

The RC comprises at least three non-executive directors elected by the Board. The majority of the members shall be independent of the company. The head of Human Resources (HR) acts as secretary of the meetings.

In 2015, all committee members were non-executive directors who were independent of the company and of significant shareholders. Based on the Board’s decision, the RC was composed of:

  • Markku Pohjola (Chairman)
  • Kurt Jofs
  • Sari Pajari
  • Endre Rangnes.

The committee meets regularly and at least twice a year. The Chairman of the committee reports to the Board when applicable. The main tasks of the committee are to:

  • monitor the targets of the compensation schemes, implementation of the compensation schemes, performance assessment and compensation determination
  • ensure that the targets set for earning the bonuses defined in the compensation scheme are met
  • prepare a proposal for the Deputy Chairman of the Board
  • prepare a proposal on the committees (members and Chairmen, and the duties and responsibilities of the committees)
  • monitor corporate governance
  • prepare a compensation proposal concerning the President and CEO and his immediate subordinates, and the principles of personnel compensation
  • prepare for the Board option schemes and other share-based incentive schemes
  • evaluate the performance of the President and CEO
  • prepare the assessment of the Leadership Team
  • prepare a proposal on the Board’s charter.

Work of Tieto’s RC in 2015

  • The committee convened 6 times in 2015 and average attendance was 96.6%.
  • The main issues considered by the Remuneration Committee were approving the short-term incentive (STI) results for 2014, reviewing the remuneration for the Leadership Team, following up progress on 2015 bonus performance criteria, and approving the Long-Term Incentive Programme (LTI) 2015 nominations. The remuneration committee approved STI framework for 2016 and Long-Term Incentive program for year 2016.

Audit and Risk Committee (ARC)

The ARC comprises at least three non-executive directors who are independent of the company and out of whom at least one member shall be independent of the significant shareholders. The Chairman and the members are elected by the Board. At least one committee member must have expertise in accounting, bookkeeping or auditing. One of Tieto’s Legal Counsels acts as secretary of the meetings.

In 2015, all committee members were non-executive directors who were independent of the company and three of them independent of significant shareholders. All members have extensive experience in corporate management and financial issues and therefore have the required expertise.

Based on the Board’s decision, the ARC was composed of

  • Teuvo Salminen (Chairman)
  • Eva Lindqvist
  • Jonas Synnergren
  • Lars Wollung.

The committee convenes regularly at least four times a year and meets the company’s auditors, also without the company’s management present. The Chairman of the committee reports to the Board when applicable. The main tasks of the committee are to:

  • review and supervise internal control – particularly the financial reporting process – and risk management issues
  • discuss and review the interim and annual reports and the financial statements
  • assess compliance with legislation, official regulations and the company’s Code of Conduct
  • evaluate the sufficiency of internal control and the internal audit
  • examine, assess and approve the internal audit plan
  • assess the appropriate coverage of risk management and monitor the efficiency of risk management
  • review significant risks and unusual business events
  • prepare a proposal for the AGM on the nomination of external auditors and their compensation
  • evaluate the external auditors’ independence, assess the audit plan and examine the audit reports
  • monitor the statutory audit and consult with the auditors regarding matters that should be brought to the Board’s attention.

Work of Tieto’s ARC in 2015

  • The committee convened 6 times in 2015 and attendance was 96%.
  • In addition to its regular agenda items, the committee focused on monitoring of the project and delivery management.