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Board of Directors

Responsibility for the management of the Company and proper organisation of its operations lies with the Company’s Board of Directors, which has at least five (5) and at most eleven (11) members. The members of the Board are appointed by AGM for one year at a time.

Chairman of the Board as from 5 May 2022
Member of Finnlines Board since 2006

President and CEO of Finnlines Plc, 5 November 2013 – 5 May 2022 Grimaldi Group S.p.A., Managing Director
Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A., Board Member
Grimaldi Euromed S.p.A., President

Other positions of trust
Minoan Lines, Greece, President
Malta Motorways of the Sea Ltd, President
Atlantic Container Line AB, Board Member
International Chamber of Shipping, Vice Chairman
European Community Shipowners’ Associations, Past President and Board Member
Interferry Inc, Board Member

Personal data
Born: 1956
Nationality: Italian
Education: Degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Naples, Italy and General Certificate of Education (scientific studies) taken at the Military School Nunziatella in Naples, Italy
Honored as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland since 2018

Member of the Finnlines Board since 2012
Independent of the Company and major shareholders

Pension Foundation of Rautaruukki (SSAB), Chairman to the Board, 1/1999-

Other positions of trust​
OP Bank of Helsinki, Board Member and Board Audit Commitee Member
Nordlab laboratory consortium (PohjoisSuomen laboratoriokeskus), Board Member
Partnera (Oulun Puhelin) Oyj Pension foundation, Chairman to the Board 11/2014-
Redemption Board of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, Member
Finnish Medical Foundation, Advisory Board Member

Previous main positions
Several Rautaruukki Group Companies, various positions, inter alia Head of Internal Audit / Head of Legal 1990–2015
Finnish Company Law Association, Board Member 2013-2018
The Advisory Board of Finnish listed companies, Advisory Board Member 2008–2015
The Finnish Pension Foundation Association, ESY ry, Board Member 2002–2015

Personal data
Born: 1959
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Master of Laws LL.M., University of Lapland

Member of Finnlines Board since 2017
Independent of the Company

Corporate Short Sea Shipping Commercial Director, Grimaldi Group

Other positions of trust
ALIS, Italy, President CONFALIS, Italy, President
Short Sea Shipping Commission, Confitarma, President
Grimaldi Catania Agency, President
Grimaldi Sardegna Agency, President Grimaldi
Marangolo Terminal Catania, Board Member
Grimaldi Tunisie Agency, Board Member
Grimaldi Maroc Agency, Board Member
Grimaldi Logistica Genova Agency, Board Member

Personal data
Born: 1983
Nationality: Italian
Education: Degree in Economics at the University Federico II of Naples, Italy and MBA Master “Automotive Logistics” of ECG Academy (European Vehicle Logistics Association)

Member of Finnlines Board since 2020
Independent of the Company and major shareholders

Chairman & CEO, Enesel Pte. Ltd., Singapore

Other positions of trust
Tamar Ship Management Ltd., Hong Kong, Chairman
Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd, Singapore, Chairman
Epic Gas Ltd., Singapore, Board Member
Nordic Shipholding A/S, Copenhagen, Board Member
Batchfire Resources Pty. Ltd., Brisbane, Board Member
X-Press Feeders Ltd., Singapore, Senior Advisor to the Chairman
Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, Board Member
International Chamber of Shipping, London, Chairman

Personal Data
Born: 1948
Nationality: Dual Citizen – Denmark / United Kingdom
Education: Diploma in Business Administration, British Columbia Institute of Technology – Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Advanced Management Program, Insead – Fontainbleau, France

Member of Finnlines Board since 2019
Independent of the major shareholders

Other positions of trust
Maritime Foundation (Merenkulun säätiö), Chairman of the Board 2016-2020
ECSA European Shipowners Association, member of the board of directors 2015-2016
ICS International Chamber of Shipping, member of the Board 2014-
Finnish Shipowners Association, Helsinki, member of the Board of Directors 2009-2020, Vice Chairman of Directors 2013-2015, Chairman of the Board 2015-2020
European Ro-Ro Operators Action Group, Brussels, Chairman 2009-2010
Bimco, Documentary Committee 2013-2019; Board Director for Finland 2019-2021
The Finland Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board
The Finnish Maritime Society, Meriliitto 2019-

Earlier positions
Finnlines Group’s Senior Advisor until 28 February 2021
Finnlines Plc, Member of the Executive Committee 2013-2021
Finnlines Plc, Secretary to the Board of Directors 2009-2020
Finnlines Plc, Group General Counsel until 3 February 2020
Finnlines Plc, Head of Legal and Insurance 2009-2020
Finnlines Group, Senior Legal Counsel 1990-2009
Neptun Maritime Oy, Helsinki, Lawyer 1988-1990
SCP Villeneau-Rohart-Simon, Paris, Assistant Lawyer1987
S.A. Louis Dreyfus, Paris, Assistant Lawyer 1986
Keskinäinen yhtiö Teollisuusvakuutus, Helsinki, Lawyer 1984
Vakuutusosakeyhtiö Fennia, Helsinki, Lawyer 1983-1984
Rederiaktiebolag Nordstjernan, Johnson Line, Stockholm and Suomen Höyrylaivaosakeyhtiö (EFFOA), Helsinki, several positions as seaman and deck officer 1968-1978

Personal data
Born 1951
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Master Mariner 1977, LL.M. 1984 (University of Helsinki), Post Graduate Diplomas, King’s College, London, 1998 and 2001

Vice Chairman of the Board
Member of Finnlines Board since 2007
Independent of the Company

Grimaldi Group S.p.A., Managing Director
Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A., Managing Director
Grimaldi Euromed S.p.A., Managing Director
Grimaldi Group, Finance Director

Other positions of trust
Minoan Lines, Greece, Board Member
Malta Motorways of the Sea Ltd, Board Member
Atlantic Container Line AB, Board Member
Finance Committee of Confitarma, Member

Personal data
Born: 1960
Nationality: Italian
Education: Degree with honours in Mechanics Engineering at the University of Naples, Italy

Member of Finnlines Board since 2007
Independent of the Company

Grimaldi Group S.p.A., President
Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A., President
Grimaldi Euromed S.p.A., Board Member

Other positions of trust
Minoan Lines, Greece, Board Member
Malta Motorways of the Sea, Board Member
Atlantic Container Line AB, Board Member
Antwerp Euro Terminal n.v. – Antwerp (Belgium), President

Personal data
Born: 1955
Nationality: Italian
Education: Degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Naples, Italy
Honored as “Cavaliere del Lavoro” since 2014

Member of Finnlines Board since 2018
Independent of the Company and major shareholders

Marine Rolls-Royce Plc, President

Positions of trust
Stora Enso Oyj, Member of the Board of Directors 2010-2018
Lemminkäinen Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors 2009-2014
ICC Finland, Chairman/Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2014
Finnish Technology Industries, Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2011
Finpro, Chairman/Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2011
Glaston Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2009
Volvo Penta, Member of the Board of Directors, 2005-2008
Delta Sigma, Member of the Board of Directors, 2005-2007

Personal data
Born: 1956
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Master of Science, Helsinki University of Technology
Member of Finnlines Board since 2018
Independent of the Company and major shareholders
Marine Rolls-Royce Plc, President

Positions of trust
Stora Enso Oyj, Member of the Board of Directors 2010-2018
Lemminkäinen Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors 2009-2014
ICC Finland, Chairman/Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2014
Finnish Technology Industries, Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2011
Finpro, Chairman/Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2011
Glaston Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors, 2008-2009
Volvo Penta, Member of the Board of Directors, 2005-2008
Delta Sigma, Member of the Board of Directors, 2005-2007

Personal data
Born: 1956
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Master of Science, Helsinki University of Technology

Chairman of the Board 5 November 2013 – 5 May 2022
Member of Finnlines Board since 2007
Independent of the Company and major shareholders

Astrup Fearnley AS, Advisor to the Board

Other positions of trust
Atlantic Container Line AB, Chairman
Awilco LNG ASA, Board Member
Transportation Recovery Fund, L.P. Board Member and Member of the Investment Commitee
Chairman and Board Member of a number of private companies

Personal data
Born: 1952
Nationality: Norwegian
Education: Master in Business Administration taken at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland in 1975

Executive Committee

The members of the Executive Committee are appointed by the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee convenes regularly, and is chaired by the President and CEO. The Executive Committee supports the President and CEO in his duties in im-plementing Group-level strategies and guidelines, in coordinating the Group’s management, in finding practical solutions for reaching the targets determined by the Board, and in supervising the Company’s operations.

President and CEO of Finnlines Plc, 5 May 2022

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Earlier positions
Finnlines Plc, Vice President & Deputy CEO, CFO 2021-
Finnlines Plc, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), 2013-
Fingrid Oyj, Chief Financial Officer, 2001-2013
Fingrid Oyj, Treasurer, 1999-2001
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Evaluation Officer and Principal Evaluation Officer, 1994-1998
Danske Bank (formerly Postipankki Bank Ltd), Investment Analyst in Investment Banking and Financial Manager in Syndications and Structured Finance, 1990-1994

Personal data
Born: 1960
Nationality: Finnish
Education: B.Sc., MBA (Washington D.C)

Head of Group Marketing, Sales and Customer Service
Line Manager Germany, North Sea ro-ro

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Key positions of trust
Finnish Shipping Foundation, Deputy Member of the Board 2016-
National Emergency Supply Agency, Member 2013-
Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board 2008-2010
Chairman of the Port and Logistics Committee 2015-
Finnish Shipowners’ Association, Member of the Board 2008-2009

Earlier positions
Finnlines Plc. SVP, Scandinavia, North Sea / Biscay, 2006-2008
Finnlines Plc, SVP, Business Concepts and Marketing, 2005-2006
Finnlines Plc, SVP, BU Ropax, 2004-2005
Finnlines Plc, VP, Fleet Operations, 2001-2004
Finncarriers Oy Ab / Finnlines Plc, Helsinki, Director, Forest Industry Marketing and Customer Service, 1995-2001
Finncarriers Oy Ab, Helsinki, Marketing and Sales Manager, Forest Industry, 1989-1995
Frachtkontor Finnland OHG, Luebeck, Owners’s Representative, 1986-1989
Finncarriers Oy Ab, Helsinki, Baltic Traffic, Operations, 1983-1986

Personal data
Born: 1958
Nationality: Finnish
Education: M.Sc. (Econ.), 1983

Head of Passenger Services 

Member of the Executive Committee 2022-

Key positions of trust

Santa Claus Foundation, Member of the Board 2016

Passenger Shipping Association Sweden 2022-

Earlier positions

Tallink Silja Oy,  Commercial Director, 2014-2021

Tallink Silja Oy, Sales Manager, Sales Director, 2006-2014

Tallink RU, CEO 2016-2021

Superfast Ferries, Sales Director, 2000-2006

FG-Shipping, Sales Manager, 1997-2000



Personal data
Born: 1967
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Business College

Line Manager Nordölink and Finnlink

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Key positions of trust
Euromed Ireland Logistics, Member of the Board, 2007-

Earlier positions
Grimaldi Group, Finnlines Plc, Assistant to CEO/President, 2009
Grimaldi Group, Research and External relations dept, Executive, 2008
Grimaldi Group, Euromed Ireland Logistics Lts (Cork, Ireland), Managing Director and Owner representative, 2007
Grimaldi Group, Euromed Ireland Logistics Lts (Cork, Ireland), Owner representative, 2004-2006
Grimaldi Group, Short Sea Shipping Services, Sales and Operations, 2003-2004
Grimaldi Group, Research and External relations dept., 2002-2003

Personal data
Born: 1975
Nationality: Italian
Education: M.Sc. (Banking and Economics), Master in Business Administration 2002

Vice President & Deputy CEO of Finnlines Plc, 5 May 2022
COO
Head of Ship Management
Head of Purchasing, Port Cost Control & Equipment

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Key positions of trust
Liikenne- ja erityisalojen työnantajat ry, Member of the Board, 2009-2010
Finnish Shipowners´ Association, Member of the Board, 2007-2009
Palvelualojen Toimialaliitto ry, Member of the Board, 2007-2008

Earlier positions
Finnlines Plc, Head of Purchasing, 2010-2019
Varustamoliikelaitos Finstaship, HR Director, 2008-2010
Tallink Silja Oy, HR & Administration Director, 2007-2008
Tallink Silja Oy, Business controller (Sales), 1/5/2007-1/9/2007
Silja Oy Ab / Dec. 2006 onwards Tallink Silja Oy, Project Manager & Management support, 2005-2007
Silja Oy Ab, Project Manager / Fleet Management, 2004-2005
Silja Oy Ab, Project Manager / Fleet Management, 2003-2004
Silja Oy Ab, Chief Officer, Safety officer, First officer, 2000-2003
Clariant UK Ltd, Shipping Clerk, 1999
United Shipping Ltd., First and Second Officer, 1997-1999

Personal data
Born: 1974
Nationality: Finnish
Education: M.Sc. (Econ.), Master Mariner, Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (Copenhagen Business School)

Deputy Head of Group Marketing, Sales and Customer Service
Head of Sales & Customer Service Finland

Member of the Executive Committee 2022-

Personal data
Nationality: Finnish

Head of Legal, Insurance and Claims

Member of the Executive Committee 2022-

Personal data
Nationality: Finnish


Line Manager Hansalink, Rostock and Aarhus traffics and Head of Truck and Trailer Segment

Member of the Executive Committee 2022-

Earlier positions
Finnlines Plc, starting as Key Account Manager in 2005

Personal data
Born: 1971
Nationality: Finnish
Education: High School and Commercial Institute graduate

Board of Management

Board of Management, headed by the President and CEO, which consists of the members of the Executive Committee and the heads of functions and Line Managers as well as heads of the main agencies. The heads of functions are responsible for the sales volumes and profitability of their respective units. The Board of Management supports the Executive Committee in their work upon request.

In addition to the Executive Committee the Board of Management consists of:

  • Uwe Bakosch, Managing Director, Finnlines Deutschland GmbH
  • Domenico Ferraiuolo, Head of Port Operations    
  • Kimmo Kostia, Head of Group IT, Hardware
  • Santeri Laakso, Head of Group Finance
  • Jan Laurell, Head of Group HR
  • Sanna Simpanen-Mäenpää, Head of Group Analytics & Business Controlling
  • Kristiina Uppala, Head of Customer Service, Passenger Services
  • Vesa Vähämaa, Head of Group IT, Software
  • Agnieszka Walenciak, Line Manager, Hanko-Gdynia line

Extended Board of Management 

(in addition to the Board of Management)

  • Luc Hens, Managing Director, Finnlines Belgium N.V.
  • Rafal Kwapisz, Managing Director, Finnlines Poland
  • Blasco Majorana, Traffic Manager, North Sea
  • Torsti Muuri, Traffic Manager, Baltic Sea
  • Rune Nielsen, Managing Director, Finnlines Denmark A/S
  • Brian Rolfe, Managing Director, Finnlines UK Limited