The company's Board of Management comprises eight members: the President & CEO, the Senior Executive Vice President heading the Ship Power business, the Executive Vice Presidents heading the Power Plants and Services businesses, the Chief Financial Officer, and the Executive Vice Presidents heading the Communications & Branding, the Corporate Relations & Legal Affairs and Human Resources functions. Board of Management members are appointed by the company's Board of Directors, which also approves their remuneration and other terms of employment.
The Board of Management is chaired by the President & CEO. It considers strategic issues related to the Group and its businesses, as well as investments, product policy, the Group's structure and corporate steering systems, and it supervises the company's operations.
The Chief Financial Officer's main areas of responsibility include group control, treasury (including project and customer financing), taxation and process development, corporate planning, corporate real estate, and the information management support functions. The Executive Vice Presidents heading the businesses are each responsible for the sales volumes and profitability of their respective global businesses, employing the services of the Group's worldwide subsidiaries. The main areas of responsibility of the Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations & Legal are corporate relations and legal affairs, intellectual asset management and sustainability, as well as environmental and occupational health and safety. The Executive Vice President, Human Resources is responsible for people related processes. The main areas of responsibility of the Executive Vice President, Communications & Branding are external and internal communications, as well as branding.
The Board of Management in 2014
In 2014, the Board of Management met 14 times. The main issues addressed by the Board of Management included market development and business strategy, the growth and profitability of the company, as well as issues relating to developments regarding competitiveness and costs. Another focus area was the further development of Wärtsilä's organisational structure and the implementation of organisational changes. The development of markets, the regulatory operating environment, order intake and production capacity, as well as supplier and other stakeholder relationships were also important matters addressed by the Board of Management, as was possible growth through acquisitions. Other important considerations for the Board of Management included the development of the company's personnel and management resources worldwide.