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EXECUTIVE BOARD

The Chairman of the Board and the President & CEO are responsible for ensuring that the targets, plans, strategies and goals set by the Board of Directors are carried out within the KONE organization. In addition, the President & CEO is responsible for the operative leadership within the scope of the strategic and operative plans, budgets and action plans approved by KONE Corporation’s Board of Directors. The President presents issues concerning the operations and is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Board.

The Executive Board supports the President & CEO in executing the corporate strategy. The Executive Board follows business developments, initiates actions and defines operative principles and methods in accordance with guidelines handed down by the Board of Directors and by the President & CEO.

Henrik Ehrnrooth

HENRIK EHRNROOTH

President & CEO

b. 1969, M.Sc. (Econ).

President & CEO of KONE Corporation since April 2014. Member of the Executive Board. Previously served as Chief Financial Officer of KONE Corporation 2009–2014. Earlier worked for Goldman Sachs from 1998–2009, most recently as a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division and at UBS in various positions from 1994–1998.

Current key position of trust: Member of the Board of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, Member of the Foundation Board of the International Institute of Management Development (IMD, Switzerland), Member of the Board of the Mannerheim Foundation.

Max Alfthan

MAX ALFTHAN

Marketing and Communications

b. 1961, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE Corporation since November 2014.

Previously served as Chief Strategy Officer of Fiskars 2008-2014, Senior Vice President for Communications of Amer Sports Corporation 2001-2008, Managing Director of Lowe Lintas & Partners Oy 1998-2001 and Marketing Director of Sinebrycoff 1989-1998.

AXEL BERKLING

Asia-Pacific

b. 1967, M.Sc. (Econ)
Member of the Executive Board since October 2016. Employed by KONE Corporation since 1998. Previously served at KONE Corporation as Managing Director of KONE Germany from 2012–2016. Axel has held various regional commercial roles since 2007, including managing KONE’s service business in Germany. Prior to joining KONE, he served as Managing Director of Nass Magnet GmbH 1996–1998, and held different roles at Arthur Andersen from 1992–1995.

Klaus Cawén

KLAUS CAWÉN

M&A and Strategic Alliances, Russia, Legal Affairs

b. 1957, LL.M.

Member of the Executive Board since 1991. Employed by KONE Corporation since 1983. Previously served as General Counsel of KONE Corporation 1991–2001.

Current key positions of trust: Member of the Board of Oy Karl Fazer Ab, Member of the Board of East Office of Finnish Industries Ltd, Member of the Board of Outotec Plc, Member of the Board of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (Japan), and Member of the Supervisory Board of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company.

HUGUES DELVAL

Service Business

b. 1971, M.Sc. (Commercial Engineering)

Member of the Executive Board since February 2017. Employed by KONE Corporation since 1994. Previously served as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Maintenance, Service Business (2015–2017), Managing Director for KONE France (2011–2015), and Managing Director for KONE Belgium and Luxemburg (2009–2011). Since joining KONE, Hugues has held various regional leadership positions and roles in several geographies.

ILKKA HARA

CFO

b. 1975, M. Sc. (Finance and Accounting)

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE Corporation since August 2016. Previously served as GM and CFO of Microsoft Phones 2014-2016, in various leadership roles at Nokia 2004-2014. Prior to Nokia worked at ABN AMRO 2003-2004 and Morgan Stanley 2001-2003.

Current key positions of trust: member of the Board of Directors at Hartili Oy.

THOMAS HINNERSKOV


Central and North Europe


b. 1971, M.Sc. (Finance and Accounting)


Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE Corporation since September, 2016. Previously served as Regional CEO for ISS Western Europe (2016) and for ISS APAC (2012–2016), as well as serving in various other leadership roles at ISS during 2003–2012. Prior to ISS, he worked at TEMA Kapital 2002–2003, McKinsey & Company 2001–2002 and Gudme Raaschou Investment Bank from 1995–2000.

Current key position of trust: Member of the Board of Caverion Corporation.

William Johnson

WILLIAM B. JOHNSON

Greater China

b. 1958, MBA

Member of the Executive Board since 2012, and employed by KONE Corporation since 2004.

Previously served as Managing Director of KONE China since 2004, Service Vice President of Asia-Pacific, Carrier International Corporation (United Technologies) 2002–2004, as Managing Director Australia, Carrier Air Conditioning Ltd. (United Technologies) 2001–2002, and in various leadership roles with Otis Elevator Company and Trammell Crow Company.

Mikko Korte

MIKKO KORTE

Operations Development

b. 1968. M.Sc. (Eng)

Member of the Executive Board since 2016, and employed by KONE Corporation since 1995.

Previously served as Head of New Equipment Business for KONE Americas 2013-2015, Managing Director for KONE Finland and Baltics 2011-2013, Service Director for KONE Central and North Europe 2007-2011, Service Business Director for KONE Scandinavia 2004-2007 and Service Operations Manager for KONE Finland 1999-2004.

Heikki Leppanen

HEIKKI LEPPÄNEN

New Equipment Business

b. 1957, Licentiate in Technology

Member of the Executive Board since 2005. Employed by KONE Corporation since 1982.

Previously served in KONE Corporation as Senior Vice President, Technology 2004–2005 and as Head of Global Research and Development 2000–2004.

Pierre Liautaud

PIERRE LIAUTAUD

South Europe, Middle East and Africa

b. 1958, M.Sc (Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications)

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE Corporation since 2011.

Previously served in KONE as EVP, West & South Europe, Africa, Customer Experience 2011-2016, in Microsoft EMEA as Vice President, Enterprise & Partner Group 2003-2006, then Area Vice President Western Europe 2006-2009. Was CEO at @viso (Vivendi-Softbank, 1999-2001) and Activia Networks (2001-2003). Also served in IBM Corporation 1982-1999, most recently as Vice-President Marketing, Internet Division (1998) and General Manager, Global Electronics Industry (1999).

Tomio Pihkala

TOMIO PIHKALA

Chief Technology Officer

b. 1975, M. Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)

Member of the Executive Board since 2013. Employed by KONE Corporation since 2001.

Previously served in KONE Corporation as Executive Vice President, Operations Development 2013-2015, Vice President, Technology Finland 2011–2013, as Director, Service Equipment Business, in KONE China 2009–2010, as Director, Product Strategy and Marketing, in KONE China 2007–2008.

Current key positions of trust: Member of the Board of Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation, and Member of the Board of Vexve Oy.

SUSANNE SKIPPARI

Human Resources

b. 1974, M.Sc. (Econ.)

Member of the Executive Board since February 2017. Employed by KONE Corporation since 2007. Previously served as Head of Human Resources in New Equipment Business (2015–2017), and Head of Talent Management (2007–2008 and 2011–2015). Susanne has also worked as Area Human Resources Director for Europe, Middle-East and Africa between 2009–2011.

Prior to joining KONE, she served eight years at Nokia and worked in many Human Resources roles in Finland and in Argentina.

Larry Wash

LARRY G. WASH

Americas

b. 1961, M. Sc. (Electrical Engineering), M. Sc. (Business Administration)

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE Corporation since 2012.

Previously worked as President of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as Vice President of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America, and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

In 2017, Pekka Kemppainen served as Executive Vice President responsible for Service Business until Jan 31, and Kerttu Tuomas served as Executive Vice President responsible for HR until Jan 31.