Decisions taken by KONE Corporation's Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors

Stock Exchange Release Published 26/02/2018

KONE Corporation, stock exchange release, February 26, 2018 at 1.15 p.m. EET

Decisions taken by KONE Corporation's Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors

Matters relating to the Annual General Meeting

KONE Corporation's Annual General Meeting was held in Helsinki on February 26, 2018. The meeting approved the financial statements and discharged the responsible parties from liability for the financial period January 1-December 31, 2017.

The General Meeting approved dividends in line with the Board of Director's proposal of EUR 1.6475 for each of the 76,208,712 class A shares and EUR 1.65 for each of the outstanding 438,568,899 class B shares. The date of record for dividend distribution is February 28, 2018 and dividends will be payable on March 7, 2018. 

The number of Members of the Board of Directors was confirmed as eight. Re-elected as Members of the Board were Matti Alahuhta, Anne Brunila, Antti Herlin, Iiris Herlin, Jussi Herlin, Ravi Kant, Juhani Kaskeala and Sirpa Pietikäinen.

The General Meeting confirmed an annual compensation of EUR 55,000 (previously 54,000) for the Chairman of the Board, EUR 45,000 (44,000) for the Vice Chairman and EUR 40,000 (37,000) for Board Members. In addition, a compensation of EUR 500 was approved for attendance at Board and Committee meetings. For Committee members residing outside of Finland, a compensation of EUR 2,000 for attendance at Committee meetings was approved. Of the annual remuneration, 40 percent will be paid in class B shares of KONE Corporation and the rest in cash.

Authorized public accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy and Heikki Lassila were nominated as auditors.

Authorization to repurchase own shares

The General Meeting approved the authorization for the Board of Directors to repurchase KONE's own shares. Altogether no more than 52,440,000 shares may be repurchased, of which no more than 7,620,000 may be class A shares and 44,820,000 class B shares. The authorization shall remain in effect for a period of one year from the date of decision of the General Meeting. 

Decisions by the Board of Directors

At its meeting held after the General Meeting, the Board of Directors elected from among its members Antti Herlin as its Chairman and Jussi Herlin as Vice Chairman.

Jussi Herlin was elected as Chairman and Anne Brunila, Antti Herlin and Ravi Kant as members of the Audit Committee. Anne Brunila and Ravi Kant are independent of both the company and of significant shareholders.

Antti Herlin was elected as Chairman and Matti Alahuhta, Jussi Herlin and Juhani Kaskeala as members of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. Matti Alahuhta and Juhani Kaskeala are independent of both the company and of significant shareholders.

For further information, please contact:

Jukka Ala-Mello, Secretary to the Board, tel. +358 (0)204 75 4226


KONE Corporation

Jukka Ala-Mello
Secretary to the Board

Ilkka Hara

About KONE

At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2017, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 55,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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