Board of Directors

 Tuomo Lähdesmäki

Tuomo Lähdesmäki
Chairman of the board
Elected for the period 2016-2018

Tuomo Lähdesmäki was born in 1957 and is a Finnish citizen. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and has completed the Stanford Executive Program. He is a founding partner of Boardman Oy, “the leading network developing active ownership and board work competences” in Finland, and he has previously, inter alia, been President and CEO of Elcoteq Network Oyj and Leiras Oy, General Manager at Swatch Group and Vice President at Nokia Mobile Phones. Mr Lähdesmaki is Chairman of the board for the following: Efore Oyj, Finland University Oy and Turku University Foundation sr. He is also a board member of Finnish Music Foundation sr, Fondia Oyj, Meconet Oy, Metsä Tissue Oyj, Vaaka Partners Oy, and Yliopiston Apteekki. Mr Lähdesmaki was elected to the Kitron Board as Chairman in 2014 and is also Chairman of Kitron's remuneration committee. At 31 December 2016 Mr Lähdesmäki owned 100 000 shares in Kitron.

Arne Solberg

Arne Solberg
Vice chairman of the board

Elected for the period 2016-2018

Arne Solberg was born in 1953 and is a Norwegian citizen. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and has diverse experience from administrative positions within finance and management including many years as CFO of Kongsberg Gruppen. Mr Solberg has been on the Kitron board since 2000, and is chairman of Kitron’s audit committee.

Gro Brækken

Gro Brækken
Board member
Elected for the period 2015-2017

Gro Brækken was born in 1952 and is a Norwegian citizen. She holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Ms Brækken has a long and broad experience from top management of international companies and organizations with CEO, line, and staff-management experience within oil and gas, refinery, natural gas, shipbuilding, and banking. She was until recently CEO of the trade organization Norsk olje & gass (the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association) and is at present Secretary General for the Norwegian Institute of Directors. This background has given her in-depth industrial and political competence and a broad network within politics, business and the society in general. Gro Brækken also has solid board experience as member and chair of the boards of directors of national and international companies and organizations within energy, industry, project management, health and NGOs. Ms Brækken was elected to the Kitron board in 2015 and has since October 2015 been a member of the remuneration committee. At 31 December 2016 Ms Brækken owned 24 000 shares in Kitron. 

Stefan Charette

Stefan Charette
Board Member
Elected for the period 2017

Stefan Charette was born in 1972 and is of Swedish/American origin. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Mathematical Finance from Cass Business School and a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering degree from Royal Institute of Technology. He is CEO of Athanase Industrial Partner, an investment firm, and former CEO of the public investment companies Creades AB, Investment AB Öresund and AB Custos. In addition, he has been the CEO of Brokk AB, a privately owned industrial company. Mr Charette is Chairman of the board of Concentric AB and board member of DistIt AB and Alcadon Group AB. He has served on 11 public boards including Note AB where he was the Chairman. Athanase Industrial Partner Ltd manages inter alia the two investment funds Athanase Industrial Partners Fund II and Athanase Industrial Partners II AB, which have disclosed a combined ownership in Kitron of 8,809,700 shares, equal to 5% of the outstanding shares in Kitron. Mr Charette was elected to the Kitron Board in 2017 and is a member of the remuneration committee.

Päivi Marttila

Päivi Marttila
Board member

Elected for the period 2015-2017

Päivi Marttila was born in 1961 and is a Finnish citizen. She holds a Master of Economic Sciences from Helsinki School of Economics. She is the founding parter of QPR Software Plc and worked there in several leadership roles in Finland and USA between 1991-2001. Afterwards she worked in the mobile ODM/EMS business and worked for another ten years as business unit manager or senior sales and marketing executive in Microcell, Flextronics and Jabil. Currently she is chairman of the board in Aspocomp Group Plc, vice chairman of the board in Ixonos Plc and member of the board in Patria Plc. Ms Marttila joined the board in April 2013 and has been a member of the audit committee since April 2014. At 31 December 2016 Ms Marttila owned 60 000 shares in Kitron.

Bjørn Gottschlich

Bjørn Gottschlich
Board member, elected by and among the employees

Bjørn Gottschlich was born in 1966 and is a German citizen. He was employeed as an unskilled production worker in 1996. In 2000 he was elected as a full time shop steward for Fellesforbundet (The Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions) at Kitron AS in Arendal. He is now half redeemed from his position at Kitron to perform various duties in his trade union movement. Presently he is the chair of Fellesforbundet's local branch in Arendal and member of Fellesforbundet's Executive Board. Mr. Gottschlich has been on the Kitron board since 2012.

Elisabeth Jacobsen

Elisabeth Jacobsen
Board member, elected by and among the employees

Elisabeth Jacobsen was born in 1962 and is a Norwegian citizen. She holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Ms Jacobsen works as a Quality and Lean Engineer at Kitron AS in Arendal, where she has been employed since 1995. Ms Jacobsen was elected to the Kitron Board in 2014 and has since October 2015 been a member of the Audit Committee. At 31 December 2016 Ms Jacobsen owned 1 600 shares in Kitron.

 Tanja Rørheim

Tanja Rørheim
Board member, elected by and among the employees

Tanja Rørheim was born in 1972 and is a Norwegian citizen. She holds a certificate in electronics, and is working as a production worker in Kitron AS in Arendal since 1993. Ms Rørheim has been on the Kitron board since August 2015.