President and CEO
Kesko has a managing director who is the President and CEO. Kesko's President and CEO is Matti Halmesmäki, Master of Science in Economics, Master of Laws. He has been Kesko's President and CEO since 1 March 2005.
The President and CEO's duty is to manage the company in accordance with the instructions and orders issued by the company Board and to inform the Board about the developments in the company's business operations and financial situation. He is also responsible for the company's day-to-day management and that the financial affairs are handled in a reliable manner. The President and CEO also chairs the Group Management Board and the Boards essential with regard to business operations.
The President and CEO is elected by the Board, which has also made the decisions on the terms of the President and CEO's service contract. A written managing director's service contract, approved by the Board, has been made between the company and the President and CEO.
Group Management board
Kesko Group has a Group Management Board, the Chair of which is Kesko's President and CEO.
The Group Management Board has no authority based on legislation or the Articles of Association. The Group Management Board is responsible for considering Group-wide development projects and Group-level policies and practices. In addition, the Group Management Board discusses the Group's and the division parent companies' business plans, profit performance and matters handled by Kesko's Board of Directors, in whose preparation it also participates. The Group Management Board meets 8–10 times a year.
The Board members of Kesko's most significant subsidiaries are chosen from among Kesko Group executives. They are not paid separate fees for acting as subsidiary Board members. The most important functions of subsidiary Boards include the preparation of the companies' and their sub-groups' strategies, operating plans and budgets, as well as making decisions on capital expenditures, company acquisitions and contingent liabilities within the authorisations granted by Kesko's Board. The Presidents and Board compositions of the most significant subsidiaries are presented under "Division Boards of Directors".