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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the administration of SkartaNYAB and the proper organization of its operations. The Board oversees SkartaNYAB’s management, appoints and dismisses the CEO, and approves significant decisions concerning SkartaNYAB’s strategy, investments, organization, management compensation system and financing.

According to SkartaNYAB’s Articles of Association, its Board of Directors consists of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven ordinary members, whose term of office ends at the end of the Annual General Meeting following the election.

Markku Kankaala,

Chairman of the Board

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(Born 1963)
Education: Engineer in mechanical and metal engineering

  • Family company PM Ruukki Oy, Chairman of the Board
  • MBÅ Invest Oy, Chairman of the Board
  • Suomen AktiiviOmistus Oy, Chairman of the Board
  • Wetteri Yhtiöt Oy, Chairman of the Board
  • Andament Group Oy, Board member

Markku Kankaala is an entrepreneur and active owner from Northern Ostrobothnia. In July 2021, he started as Chairman of the Board of SkartaNYAB Plc. Since 2020, he has been the CEO of PM Ruukki Oy. He is also the founder of Afarak Group Plc (formerly Ruukki Group Plc) and served as a Member of the Board of Directors from 1993 to 2017. He was a Board Member in Enersense International Oyj from 2020 to 2021. In addition, he has been on the Board of approximately 50 companies.

Kankaala is independent of the company, but not of its major shareholders. He owns 21.2% of Andament Group Oy that is a major shareholder of the company.

Shareholdings in SkartaNYAB Plc:

  • Andament Group Oy: 135 151 794 shares
  • PM Ruukki Oy: 26 500 shares

Johan K Nilsson,

Vice Chairman of the Board

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(Born 1960)

  • JKN Advokat AB, Board member
  • JKN Advokatbyrå AB, Board member
  • Brf Ingenjören 14, Board member
  • Hubert Best AB, Board member
  • Lundqvist Advokatbyrå AB, Board member

Johan K Nilsson is an attorney who has specialized in construction law and has long-standing experience in legal functions of companies in the construction industry. He has been a corporate lawyer in Peab Group in 2003-2016 and Skanska Group in 1998-2003. In 2013-2016 he was the Chief Legal Officer of Peab Group. He has had positions of trust e.g. as a Board member of Swedish Construction Contract Committee in 2001-2011. Currently, Nilsson operates as the partner of JKN Attorneys, as well as arbitrator and lecturer in matters regarding construction law. He was elected member of SkartaNYAB Plc’s Board of Directors in March 2022.

Nilsson is independent of the major shareholders, but not of the company. Attorney firm under his control provides group companies legal services regarding projects that belong to their business operations.

Jukka Juola

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(Born 1969)
Education: Bachelor of Engineering

  • Andament Group Oy and its subsidiaries, Member of the Board
  • Solarigo Systems Oy and Solarigo Oy, Member of the Board
  • Kallastor Oy, Member of the Board
  • Steel Group Pohjanmaa Oy, Member of the Board

Jukka Juola became CEO of Skarta Finland Oy in 2020. He has been a partner of Andament Group Oy since 1994 and its CEO from 2001 to 2014 and from 2020. From 2013 to 2017, Juola worked as the CEO of Suomen Maastorakentajat Oy and as the CEO of SL Asfaltti Oy from 2009 to 2013. He was elected member of SkartaNYAB Plc’s Board of Directors in March 2022.

Juola is not independent of the company nor its major shareholders. He owns 56.1% of a major shareholder Andament Group Oy and belongs to operative management of companies that belong to the group.

Shareholdings in SkartaNYAB Plc:

  • Jukka Juola: 2638 shares
  • Kallastor Oy: 1 415 474 shares
  • Andament Group Oy: 135 151 794 shares

Johan Larsson

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(born 1980)

  • Holding Investment Förvaltning i Luleå AB, Chairman of the Board
  • Bingab Barents Investment Group AB, Board member
  • Barents Fastigheter AB, Board member
  • Luleå Business Region AB, Board member

Johan Larsson is an entrepreneur from Luleå, who has been the CEO of group company NYAB Sverige AB since 2012. He has been an entrepreneur in several growth companies in different industries and a board member in almost 30 companies. He is the founder of SkartaNYAB Plc’s largest shareholder Holding Investment Förvaltning i Luleå AB and an investment company Barents Investment Group AB and has positions of trust e.g. as the Board member of Luleå Business Region. He was elected member of SkartaNYAB Plc’s Board of Directors in March 2022.

Larsson is not independent of the company nor its major shareholders. He owns 50% of a major shareholder Holding Investment Förvaltning I Luleå AB and belongs to operative management of the group.

Shareholdings in SkartaNYAB Plc:

  • Johan Larsson: 200 000 shares
  • Bingab Barents Investment Group AB: 4 870 070 shares
  • Holding Investment Förvaltning i Luleå AB: 235 830 000 shares

Mikael Ritola

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(Born 1989)

  • Holding Investment Förvaltning i Luleå AB, Board member
  • OLARIT Invest AB, Board member

Mikael Ritola is the Executive Vice President of NYAB Sverige AB and founding partner of SkartaNYAB Plc’s largest shareholder, Holding Investment Förvaltning I Luleå AB. He has a wide experience in entrepreneurship and management, as well as building profitable growth in construction and infrastructure industries. He was elected member of SkartaNYAB Plc’s Board of Directors in March 2022.

Ritola is not independent of the company nor its major shareholders. He owns 50% of a major shareholder Holding Investment Förvaltning I Luleå AB and belongs to operative management of the group.

Shareholdings in SkartaNYAB Plc:

  • Mikael Ritola: 163 500 shares
  • Holding Investment Förvaltning i Luleå AB: 235 830 000 shares

Aarne Simula

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(Born 1965)

  • Oulu Chamber of Commerce, Board member
  • Taiga Chemicals Oy, Board member
  • Simula Invest Oy, Chairman of the Board
  • Wetteri Yhtiöt Oy, CEO

Aarne Simula is a business leader from Oulu, who has been an investor in the Aktiiviomistajat consortium since 2017. He has been the CEO of car dealership Wetteri Oy since 2018 and operates actively in international networks of the automotive industry. He has positions of trust e.g. as the Board member of the Oulu Chamber of Commerce. He was elected member of SkartaNYAB Plc’s Board of Directors in March 2022.

Simula is independent of the company and its major shareholders.

Shareholdings in SkartaNYAB Plc:

  • 2 951 189 shares

Jari Suominen

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(Born 1957)
Education: Engineer

Jari Suominen has 40 years of international experience in the field of energy. From 1981 to 2007, he worked for ExxonMobil and from 2007 to 2019 for the St1 Group in various management positions related to fuels, electricity and heat production, responsible for St1’s renewable energy business in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Nowadays, Suominen is the advisor to the CEO of St1. He has served on the Board of Directors of SkartaNYAB Plc since July 2021.

Suominen is independent of the company and its major shareholders.

Shareholdings in SkartaNYAB Plc:

  • 34 000 shares