Board of Directors

Composition, term of office and selection process for the Board of Directors

According to the Articles of Association, Kesko's Board of Directors con-sists of a minimum of five (5) and a maximum of eight (8) members. The General Meeting decides on the number on Board Members, elects all Board members and makes resolution on their remuneration. Related to these items, the Shareholders' Nomination Committee prepares the proposals for the General Meeting. The Board elects the Chair and the Deputy Chair from among its members for the whole term of the Board.

According to the Articles of Association, the term of office of a Board member is one (1) year, so that the term begins at the close of the General Meeting electing the member and expires at the close of the next Annual General Meeting.

Main duties 

Kesko's Board of Directors is responsible for the Company's corporate governance and for the proper organisation of its operations. The Board is responsible for the proper organisation of the Company's accounting and financial management controls. The Board of Directors has confirmed a written charter for the Board of Directors' duties, principles of operation, meeting practice and decision-making procedure.

In accordance with the charter, the Board deals with and makes decisions on matters that are financially, operationally or fundamentally significant to the Group. Board members are to attend at least 80% of all Board meetings.

According to the charter, the Board of Directors’ main duties include:

Strategic and financial matters

  • deciding on the Group strategy and confirming the divisions’ strategies
  • confirming the Group's budget and forecast update, including a capital expenditure plan
  • reviewing the Group’s most significant risks and uncertainties
  • deciding on strategically or financially significant individual investments, acquisitions, divestments or arrangements, and commitments
  • confirming Kesko's values
  • approving Group policies, such as the treasury and investment policy and risk management policy
  • establishing a dividend policy and being responsible for shareholder value performance

Organisation and personnel matters

  • appointing and discharging the Company's President and CEO, approving his/her managing director's service contract and deciding on his/her remuneration and other financial benefits, and making corresponding decisions also for the Deputy to the President and CEO
  • deciding on the appointments of the Group Management Board members responsible for lines of business, their remuneration and financial benefits
  • deciding on the essential structure and organisation of the Group
  • ensuring the proper operation and supervision of the management system
  • deciding on management authorisation rules
  • deciding on the principles of Kesko's commitment and incentive schemes, the terms and conditions and distribution of shares or options under the remuneration policy in force, and monitoring the results of the schemes

Reporting matters

  • reviewing and adopting the Group’s financial statements, half year financial reports and interim reports and related stock exchange releases and the Report by the Board of Directors
  • reviewing Kesko’s Annual Report as necessary

Other duties

  • submitting Board proposals to the Annual General Meeting on matters such as dividend distribution, Auditor, and authorisations to issue and acquire shares
  • approving the Board’s principles concerning diversity
  • being responsible for the other statutory duties prescribed to the Board of Directors by the Limited Liability Companies Act or other, and for duties prescribed by the Finnish Corporate Governance Code.



The duty of Kesko's Board of Directors is to promote the interests of Kesko and all of its shareholders. In the Company, the Board members do not represent the parties that have proposed their election as Board members. A Board member is disqualified from participating in the handling of any matter between him/her (including entities over which he/she exercises control) and the Company. When a vote is taken, the Board's decision will be the opinion of the majority and if a vote results in a tie, the decision will be the opinion supported by the Chair. If the votes taken at an election of a person end in a tie, the result will be decided by drawing lots.

The Board's assessment on its operations

As part of the development of the Board's work and operations, the Board assesses its operations and working methods regularly, at least once a year. An external party is used for the assessment at least once every three years.

Board of Directors' operations in 2023

In 2023, the Board held 9 meetings. Board meetings regularly discuss a review by the President and CEO on key topical issues, as well as reports by the Chairs of the Board’s Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee on Committee meetings preceding the Board meetings. The Auditor presents their findings to the Board once a year in connection with the review of financial statements.

The Board appointed Jorma Rauhala as the managing director of Kesko Corporation and President and CEO of Kesko Group as of 1 February 2024 as Mikko Helander retires (stock exchange releases issued on 19 December 2023 and 8 December 2023).

In 2023, the Board continued to focus on general economic developments, the war in Ukraine and geopolitical tensions, and evaluated the impact of these factors on the sales and profit of Kesko and K Group. Due to the changes in the operating environment, the Board paid particular attention to e.g. cyber security and ensuring business continuity.

As in previous years, in 2023, the Board reviewed the financial reports and monitored the Group’s financial situation, approved the most significant capital expenditure, monitored the progress of Group-level projects, and approved the interim reports, the half-year financial report and the financial statements as well as the Report by the Board of Directors prior to their publication.

In 2023, the Board made decisions regarding, among other things, updates to the strategy, the expansion of Kesko’s operations to Denmark through the acquisition of one of the country’s leading building and home improvement trade operators Davidsen Koncernen A/S, and setting new long-term climate targets. The Board also reviewed, among other things, the matter of concentrating Kesko’s building and home improvement trade operations in Sweden under the K-Bygg chain. In addition, the Board decided on the use of the donation funds approved by the Annual General Meeting, on the establishment of new share plans for compensation purposes and the principles for performance bonuses in 2024, and approved the updated versions of the Group’s tax, treasury and governance policies. The Board appointed Sami Kiiski (M. Sc., Economics and Business) as the new President of Kesko’s car trade division and a member of Group Management Board as of 1 June 2023 (stock exchange release issued on 31 March 2023).

In addition to the Audit Committee, the whole Board of Directors focused in particular on legislative changes related to sustainability reporting. The Board received training on the new EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which shall be applied as of the 2024 financial year, arranged by the Company’s Auditor Deloitte Oy.

The Board carried out a self-assessment regarding Board operations and working practices. The assessment was conducted via discussions between the Board’s Chair and each Board member based on a predetermined discussion agenda, utilising the assessment results of an external assessor from 2022. Among other things, Board members assessed the Company’s strategy, the working practices and composition of the Board and its Committees and development measures, the performance of the Board Chair, Board members and Company management, reporting, risk management and succession planning for Company management. Moreover, the self-assessment concerned e.g. the economy, utilisation of digitalisation, sustainability issues and Board competence requirements and their impact on Kesko’s strategy and leadership. The Board reviewed a summary of the assessment discussions at its December meeting. In addition to the summary, each Board member received personal feedback. A summary of the assessment results was also provided to the Shareholders’ Nomination Committee. 


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