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Organization & Management

Board of Directors

The term of office of Board members starts immediately after their election and ends no later than at the close of the first Annual General Meeting following their election.

Jon-Aksel Torgersen

Chairman of the Board as from 5 November 2013
Member of Finnlines Board since 2007
Independent of the Company and major shareholders

Astrup Fearnley AS, CEO

Other positions of trust

Atlantic Container Line AB, Chairman
Awilco LNG ASA, Board Member

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
 
Diego Pacella

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
 
Christer Backman

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

Previous main positions

Finnlines Plc, Executive Advisor, 2011-2013
Finnlines Plc, Finnlink services 11/2011-2012 
Finnlines Plc, Member of the Board of Management 2008-2010
Finnlines Plc, Exec. VP, Finnlink services 2008-2010
Finnlink Oy Ab, Managing Director 1988 - 2010
Viking Line, Development Manager 1985-1988
Viking Line, Marketing Manager 1978-1985
Viking Line, Terminal Manager 1971-1977

Personal data

Born: 1945
Nationality: Finnish
Education: M.Pol.Sc.
 
Tiina Bäckman

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

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

Previous main positions

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

Other positions of trust​

OP Financial Group, Supervisory Board Member and Risk Management Committee Member
Oulun Puhelin Oyj Pension foundation, Chairman to the Board 11/2014-
Redemption Board of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, Member
Board Partners (Pohjois-Suomen Hallituspartnerit ry), Board Member 2014-, Vice Chairman 2016-
Finnish Company Law Association, Board Member 2013-
Finnish Medical Foundation, Advisory Board Member

Personal data

Born: 1959
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Master of Laws LL.M., University of Lapland 
 
Emanuele Grimaldi

Member of Finnlines Board since 2006
President and CEO of Finnlines Plc as from 5 November 2013

Grimaldi Group S.p.A., Managing Director
Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A., Managing Director
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
 
Gianluca Grimaldi

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., Managing Director

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
 
Guido Grimaldi

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)
 
Mikael Mäkinen

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-
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

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.

Emanuele Grimaldi

Member of Finnlines Board since 2006
President and CEO of Finnlines Plc as from 5 November 2013

Grimaldi Group S.p.A., Managing Director
Grimaldi Deep Sea S.p.A., Managing Director
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 President
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
Thomas Doepel

Head of Group Purchasing

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

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)
 
Staffan Herlin

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
 
Mikael Lindholm

Head of Ship Management

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Key positions of trust

Finnish Shipowners’ association, Member of the Board, 2006-2013 and Deputy Board Member from 2013-
Swedish Shipowners’ association, Ferry- and Ro-Ro section, Member, 2006-
LJR-Accounting Ab, Member of the Board 1983-2004 (Chairman, 1993-2004)

Earlier positions

Tallink Silja Line Oy, Director Ship Management, Designated Person, member of the executive group, 2006-2012
Silja Line Oy, Senior Vice President Fleet management, member of the executive group, 2005-2006
Silja Line Oy, Marine Manager / Designated Person, 2003-2005
Silja Line Oy, Nautical superintendent, 1999-2003
Silja Line Oy, m/s Silja Europa, Captain, 1993-1999
Silja Line Oy, GTS Finnjet, Captain, 1992-1993
Silja Line Oy, Silja Serenade, Chief officer, 1991-1992
Effoa Oy, pilot onboard Silja vessels, 1986-1991
Effoa Oy, deck officer on different ships, 1977-1986
FÅA, Deck crew, 1973-1976

Personal data

Born: 1958
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Master Mariner, Business management education
 
Tom Pippingsköld

CFO

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Earlier positions

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)
 
Antonio Raimo

Line Manager NordöLink, Finnlink and Russia

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
 
Kielo Vesikko

Head of Passenger Services

Line Manager HansaLink & Hanko–Rostock

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Earlier positions

Finnlines Plc, Head of Operations, Passenger Services until April 2012
Finnlines Plc, Sales and Marketing Director, Passenger Services, 2009-2011, Member of the Extended Management Board, 2010-
Tallink Silja GmbH, Managing Director, 2007-2009, Member of the Executive Group of Tallink Silja Oy
Tallink Silja Oy, Line Director Helsinki-Rostock Line 2006
Superfast Ferries/Attica Premium, Line Director Baltic Sea, Leader of the Baltic Executive Group 2005-2006
Superfast Ferries, Attica Premium, Country Manager 1999-2004, Member of the Baltic Executive Group 2000-2004
Finland Travel Marketing Ltd., Marketing Director 1999
Tauno Salo Tours Oy, Managing Director, 1995-1999
Tauno Salo Tours Oy, Marketing Manager 1994-1995
Silja Line GmbH, management assistant and various manager positions 1986-1994
Konsins Oy, Marketing Manager 1984-1986
Konsins Oy, markkinointisihteeri 1981-1984

Personal data

Born: 1957
Nationality: Finnish
Education: Diploma in Translation, first language German at Tampere Language Institute (now Tampere University)
 
Tapani Voionmaa

Group General Counsel

Secretary to the Board of Directors 2009-

Member of the Executive Committee 2013-

Key positions of trust

Maritime Foundation (Merenkulun säätiö), Chairman of the Board 2016-
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-, Vice Chairman of Directors 2013-2015, Chairman of the Board 2015-
European Ro-Ro Operators Action Group, Brussels, Chairman 2009-2010

Earlier positions

Finnlines Plc, Head of Legal and Insurance 2009-
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 1969-1978

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

Board of Management

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
  •     Claus Høgh, Line Manager, Scandinavia ro-ro
  •     Agnieszka Walenciak, Line Manager, Hanko-Gdynia line
  •     Kimmo Kostia, Head of Group IT, Hardware
  •     Santeri Laakso, Head of Financial Department
  •     Jan Laurell, Head of Group HR
  •     Sanna Simpanen-Mäenpää, Group Business Controller
  •     Kristiina Uppala, Head of Customer Service, Passenger Services
  •     Vesa Vähämaa, Head of Group IT, Software

Extended Board of Management 

(in addition to the Board of Management)

  •     Luc Hens, Managing Director, Finnlines Belgium N.V.
  •     Merja Kallio-Mannila, Head of Sales, Finland
  •     Reijo Krook, Internal Auditor and Quality Manager
  •     Rafal Kwapisz, Managing Director, Finnlines Poland
  •     Blasco Majorana, Traffic Manager, North Sea
  •     Torsti Muuri, Traffic Manager, Baltic Sea
  •     Brian Rolfe, Managing Director, Finnlines UK Limited
  •     Torkel Saarnio, Head of Truck and Trailer Segment