Board of Directors
The operations of Nokia are managed under the direction of the Board of Directors, within the framework set by the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act and Nokia’s Articles of Association as well as any complementary rules of procedure as defined by the Board, such as the Corporate Governance Guidelines and the charters of the Board’s committees.
Members of the Board of Directors
Find out more about the people who make up the Nokia Board of Directors, including their qualifications and career experience.
Election and composition of the Board of Directors
Pursuant to the Articles of Association, Nokia Corporation has a Board of Directors composed of a minimum of seven and a maximum of 12 members. The Board is elected at least annually at each Annual General Meeting with a simple majority of the shareholders’ votes cast at the meeting. The term of a Board member shall begin at the closing of the general meeting at which he or she was elected, or later as resolved by the general meeting, and expire at the closing of the following Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting convenes by June 30 annually.
The Annual General Meeting held on April 8, 2021 elected the following eight members to the Board: Sari Baldauf, Bruce Brown, Thomas Dannenfeldt, Jeanette Horan, Edward Kozel, Søren Skou, Carla Smits-Nusteling and Kari Stadigh. The Board’s leadership structure consists of a Chair and Vice Chair elected annually by the Board, and confirmed by the independent directors of the Board, from among the Board members upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee. On April 8, 2021 the Board elected Sari Baldauf as the Chair of the Board and Kari Stadigh as the Vice Chair of the Board. The Chair of the Board has certain specific duties as stipulated by Finnish law and our Corporate Governance Guidelines. The Vice Chair of the Board assumes the duties of the Chair of the Board in the event he or she is prevented from performing his or her duties.
Nokia does not have a policy concerning the combination or separation of the roles of the Chair of the Board and the President and CEO, but the leadership structure is dependent on the company needs, shareholder value and other relevant factors applicable from time to time, while respecting the highest corporate governance standards. In 2021 the roles of the President and CEO and the Chair of the Board are separated.
The current members of the Board are all non-executive. All Board members have been determined to be independent under the Finnish Corporate Governance standards and the rules of New York Stock Exchange.
The Board has adopted principles concerning Board diversity describing our commitment to promoting diverse Board composition and how diversity is embedded into our processes and practices when identifying and proposing new Board candidates as well as re-election of current Board members.
At Nokia, diversity is not a static concept but rather a relevant mix of required elements for the Board as a whole that evolves with time based on, among other things, the relevant business objectives and future needs of Nokia. The Board diversity is treated as a means of improvement and development rather than an end in itself. Diversity of our Board is considered from a number of aspects including, but not limited to, skills and experience, age, nationality, ethnicity, cultural and educational backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation as well as other individual qualities. Both genders shall be represented on the Board.
Nokia acknowledges and supports the resolution adopted by the Finnish Government on February 17, 2015 on gender equality on the boards of directors of Finnish large and mid-cap listed companies. We report annually our objectives relating to both genders being represented on our Board, the means to achieve them, and the progress we have made in achieving them. We have met our aim to have representation of at least 40% of both genders on our Board.
Operations of the Board of Directors
The Board represents and is accountable to the shareholders of Nokia. While its ultimate statutory accountability is to the shareholders, the Board also takes into account the interests of the Company’s other stakeholders. The Board’s responsibilities are active, not passive, and include the responsibility to evaluate the strategic direction of Nokia, its management policies and the effectiveness of the implementation of such by the management on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the members of the Board to act in good faith and with due care, so as to exercise their business judgement on an informed basis, in a manner that they reasonably and honestly believe to be in the best interests of Nokia and its shareholders. In discharging that obligation, the members of the Board must inform themselves of all relevant information reasonably available to them. The Board and each Board Committee also have the power to appoint independent legal, financial or other advisors as they deem necessary. The Company will provide sufficient funding to the Board and to each Committee to exercise their functions and provide compensation for the services of their advisors.
The Board is ultimately responsible for monitoring and reviewing Nokia’s financial reporting process, effectiveness of related control and audit functions and the independence of Nokia’s external auditor, as well as for monitoring the statutory audit of the annual and consolidated financial statements. The Board’s responsibilities also include overseeing the structure and composition of our top management and monitoring legal compliance and the management of risks related to our operations. In doing so, the Board may set annual ranges and/or individual limits for capital expenditures, investments and divestitures and financial and non-financial commitments that may not be exceeded without a separate Board approval.
In risk management policies and processes, the Board’s role includes risk analysis and assessment in connection with financial, strategy and business reviews, updates and decision-making proposals. Risk management policies and processes are integral parts of Board deliberations and risk-related updates are provided to the Board on a recurring basis. For a more detailed description of our risk management policies and processes, refer to “Risk management, internal control and internal audit functions at Nokia”.
Under our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Board monitors the sustainability activities of the company, covering variety of environmental and social matters, and it periodically reviews the company’s related targets and performance. The Group Leadership Team decides on the environmental and social approach and key targets, and the key targets are incorporated into the ongoing performance management and related monthly business reviews of the business groups by the Group Leadership Team. In addition, the Board Committees monitor environmental and social developments in their respective areas of responsibilities, which in 2020 included for the Audit Committee the implementation planning of climate related financial reporting and reviewing the use of conflict minerals in the company’s products, Personnel Committee the incorporation of environmental and social targets in the incentive structures, and Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee the assessment of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) related governance trends. The business groups and other units are responsible for the implementation the ESG policies and instructions to their operations.
The Board has the responsibility for appointing and discharging the President, the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer. Since August 2020, Pekka Lundmark has served as the President and CEO. His rights and responsibilities include those allotted to the President under Finnish law and he also chairs the Group Leadership Team.
The Board approves and the independent directors of the Board confirm the compensation and terms of employment of the President and CEO, subject to the requirements of Finnish law, upon the recommendation of the Personnel Committee of the Board. The compensation and employment conditions of the other members of the Group Leadership Team are approved by the Personnel Committee upon the recommendation of the President and CEO.
In line with our Corporate Governance Guidelines, the Board conducts an annual performance evaluation, which also includes evaluation of the Board Committees’ work, the Board and Committee Chairs and individual Board members. The Board evaluation is conducted as a self-evaluation while an external evaluator is periodically engaged. In 2020, the evaluation process included both numeric assessments and the possibility to provide more detailed written and verbal comments. Feedback is also requested from selected members of management as part of the Board evaluation process. Each year, the results of the evaluation are discussed and analyzed by the entire Board and improvement actions are agreed based on such discussion.
Meetings of the Board of Directors
The Board held 20 meetings excluding Committee meetings during 2020, of which approximately 60% were regularly scheduled meetings.
In 2020, these regularly scheduled meetings were mainly conducted by access via video as a consequence of travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The other meetings were held in writing.
|Regularly scheduled meetings||Meetings in writing||Attendance in all meetings %|
|Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee||3||1||100|
Directors’ attendance at Board and Committee meetings in 2020 is set forth in the table below:
|Board meetings %||Audit Committee meetings %||Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee meetings %||Personnel Committee meetings %||Technology Committee meetings %|
|Sari Baldauf (Board Chair)||100||-||100||100||100|
|Kari Stadigh (Board Vice Chair)||100||-||100||100||-|
|Thomas Dannenfeldt (from May 27, 2020)||100||100||-||-||100|
|Olivier Piou (until May 27, 2020)||100||67||-||-||100|
|Risto Siilasmaa (until May 27, 2020)||100||-||100||-||100|
Additionally, many of the directors attended, as non-voting observers, meetings of a committee of which they were not a member.