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

President & CEO of KONE since 2014. Member of the Executive Board. Previously served as Chief Financial Officer of KONE 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 European Round Table for Industry (ERT).

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AXEL BERKLING

Central and North Europe
b. 1967, M.Sc. (Econ)

Member of the Executive Board since 2016. Employed by KONE since 1998.

Previously served at KONE as Executive Vice President responsible for Asia-Pacific 2016–2021 and Managing Director for KONE Germany 2012–2016. Prior to that 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.

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HUGUES DELVAL

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

Member of the Executive Board since 2017. Employed by KONE 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 Luxembourg 2009–2011. Since joining KONE, he has held various regional leadership positions and roles in several geographies.

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JOHANNES FRÄNDE

General Counsel
b. 1979, LL.M., M.Sc. (Computer Science)

Member of the Executive Board since February 2021. Employed by KONE since 2012.

Previously served as Head of Legal for KONE's Service Business and KONE's Technology and Innovation unit 2017-2021 and as Senior Legal Counsel 2012-2016. Prior to joining KONE, Johannes worked as an attorney at Roschier Attorneys Ltd. 2005-2007 and 2009-2012 and at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 2008-2009.

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SAMER HALABI

Asia-Pacific
b. 1970, M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)

Member of the Executive Board since May 2021. Employed by KONE since 2001.

Previously served at KONE as Regional Managing Director for KONE Middle East and Africa 2010-2021. Prior to that Samer has held various leadership positions in the region, including Managing Director for KONE Qatar 2007-2010 and Managing Director for KONE Distributor Business 2004-2007.

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ILKKA HARA

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

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE since 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

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THOMAS HINNERSKOV

South Europe, Middle-East and Africa
b. 1971, M.Sc. (Finance and Accounting)

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

Previously served at KONE as Executive Vice President responsible for Central and North Europe 2016–2021. Prior to joining KONE, Thomas served as Regional CEO for ISS Western Europe 2016 and for ISS APAC 2012–2016. He has also held 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. Employed by KONE 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. Employed by KONE 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.

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MACIEJ KRANZ

Chief Technology Officer
b. 1964, MBA, Business Administration

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE since 2019.

Previously served at Cisco Systems as Vice President and General Manager of Corporate Strategic Innovation Group 2013–2019, General Manager of the Connected Industries Group 2012–2013, Vice President of Borderless Networks 2009–2011, Vice President of Wireless Networking 2006–2009 and Vice President of Ethernet Switching 1999–2006. Current key positions of trust: Member of the Board of IoTecha Corporation.

Tomio Pihkala

TOMIO PIHKALA

New Equipment Business
b. 1975, M.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)

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

Previously served at KONE as Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer 2015-2019, 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.

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KEN SCHMID

Americas
b. 1963, B.A. (History), MBA (Business Administration)

Member of the Executive Board since 2020. Employed by KONE since 1986 (Montgomery Elevator Company until 1994).

Previously served at KONE as Senior Vice President, Finance for KONE Americas and member of KONE’s Global Finance Leadership Team 2005-2020; Senior Vice President of Global Information Services 2003-2005; Senior Vice President, CIO for KONE Americas 1998-2003; Vice President of Quality 1995-1998. Earlier in his career Ken held various new equipment sales roles in multiple branch offices within KONE. Current key positions of trust: Member of the Board of National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII), Member of the Board of Advisory Board to Invest in Finland, USA.

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SUSANNE SKIPPARI

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

Member of the Executive Board since 2017. Employed by KONE since 2007.

Previously served at KONE as Head of Human Resources in New Equipment Business 2015–2017, and as 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.

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TRICIA WEENER

Marketing and Communications
b. 1970, B.A. Business studies

Member of the Executive Board and employed by KONE since January 2021.

Previously served at HSBC as Chief Marketing Officer, Commercial & Global Banking & Markets 2019-2020 and Commercial Banking 2016–2020, Group Head of Brand Partnerships 2017–2019, Asia Head of Marketing, Commercial & Global Banking & Markets 2013-2019, Head of Integrated Marcoms 2011-2013, and Europe Head of Marketing and Comms, Commercial Bank 2009-2011. Prior to HSBC, Tricia was the CEO and Founder of Intelligent Marketing & Communications Ltd 2003-2009, worked at The Marketing Partnership Ltd 1997-2003, ALPHA Airports Group 1996-1997 and British Aerospace Defence Ltd 1989-1994.

In 2021, Klaus Cawén served as Executive Vice President responsible for M&A, Strategic Alliances and Legal Affairs until January 31, and Pierre Liautaud served as Executive Vice President responsible for South Europe, Middle East and Africa until March 31.

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