In accordance with the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors consists of a minimum
of three and a maximum of six regular members elected at the Annual General Meeting for a term ending at the following AGM. The Board of Detection Technology Plc consists of six members.

Hannu Syrjälä

Chairman of the Board since 2018
M.Sc. (Economics)
Born 1966

Hannu Syrjälä has been Chairman of the Board since 2018 and a member of the Board of Directors of the company since 2017. He is CEO and Partner of Berggren Group. Previously he has acted in several senior executive positions such as President and CEO of Tieto Corporation (2008–2011), Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare, Life Support Solutions Business (2003-2007), and President of Datex-Ohmeda Inc. (2003–2007). He has been the Chairman of the Board of Medtentia International Ltd Oy since 2016. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of Teknikum Oy since 2014 and Mobidiag Oy since 2017. He holds a Master of Science degree in economics from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

Heikki_Allonen_wwwHeikki Allonen

Member of the Board since 2015
M.Sc. (Engineering)
Born 1954

Heikki Allonen has been a member of the Board of Directors of the company since 2015. He is presently President and CEO of Hemmings Oy Ab and has acted as President and CEO of Patria Plc (2008–2017). Prior to that, he acted as President and CEO of Fiskars Corporation (2004–2008) and SRV Plc (2001–2004). He is the Chairman of the board of Robit Plc, the Vice Chairman of VR Group, and a board member of Nokian Tyres Plc and Savox Oy Ab. He has had several earlier board positions and has among others acted as the Chairman of Millog Ltd (2008–2017) and Nammo AS (2008–2017). He has also been a member of the supervisory board of Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Group (2013-2017) and was a member of Board of Management in Wärtsilä Corporation (1990-2000). He holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.

Vera Backström

Member of the Board since 2018
M.Sc. (Genetics), Executive MBA (Finance & International Management)
Born 1976

Vera Backström has been a member of the Board of Directors of the company since 2018. She is presently Business Excellence and Operations Lead at Microsoft Finland Oy, Enterprise Services. Prior that, she acted as Business Unit Director, Healthcare Finland (2013– 2015), Business Manager, Healthcare (2013) and in other managerial positions (2007-2013) at Software Point Oy. She has also been a researcher and doctoral student at Åbo Akademi University. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Antti Ahlström Perilliset Oy since 2017, and Member of Delegation of Finnish Family Firms Association since 2016. She has also been a member of the Board of Finnish Family Firms Association (2013-2015) and of Erimover Oy (2015-2016). She holds a Master of Science degree in Genetics and an Executive MBA in Finance & International Management.

Pasi Koota

Member of the Board since 2017
M.Sc. (Economics)
Born 1970

Pasi Koota has been a member of the Board of Directors of the company since 2017. He is presently CFO of Ahlström Capital Oy. Prior to that, he acted as Senior Vice President, Head of Recycling Business Line (2015–2017) and Senior Vice President, Finance of Minerals Service Business Line (2010–2015) at Metso Oyj. He has also held various management positions at KONE Corporation, such as Area Controller, KONE Asia Pacific Supply Chain (2009–2010), Head of Business Control and Planning, KONE China (2008–2009), Executive Director, KONE Thailand (2005–2008) and Regional Finance Director, KONE South Asia (2003–2005). He has been a member of the Board Directors of Destia Oy since 2017. He holds a Master of Science degree in economics.

Petri_Niemi_wwwPetri Niemi

Member of the Board since 2012
M.Sc. (Engineering)
Born 1961

Petri Niemi has acted as a member of the company’s Board of Directors since 2012. He has been the CEO of G2 Invest Oy since 2010. He has previously acted as a Partner (1999–2005) and as a Senior Partner and as the Head of Technology at CapMan Oyj (2005–2011), as Marketing Director at Oy Ericsson Ab (1996–1999) and as Regional Director at 3com Corporation (1993–1996). He has also worked in various positions at Sun Microsystems (1990–1993) and at Hewlett-Packard (1988-1990). He has been Chairman of the Board of Vincit Group Oyj since 2015, Bilot Consulting Oy since 2015, Leaddesk Oy since 2017, B10 Asset Management Ltd since 2014, WEGA Advisors since 2013 and Rosetta Ventures Oy since 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors of Insta Group Oy since 2011, GreenStream Network Plc since 2011 and Lounea Oy since 2017. In addition, he has acted as a member of the board of Fondia Oyj (2016), Oy Lunawood Ltd (2012), Siili Solutions Oyj (2015) and Eniram Oy (2014). He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering.

Henrik_Roos_wwwHenrik Roos

Member of the Board since 2015
M.Sc. (Engineering)
Born 1958

Henrik Roos has been a member of the Board of Directors of the company since 2015. Henrik Roos has been Chairman of the Board of Merivaara Corporation (2013-2015) and Northstar Sitetel Sweden AB (2012-2015), and has acted as a member of the Board at both companies since then. He has been a member of the Board of Orchid Orthopedic Solutions since 2012. Henrik Roos has acted as a Group Executive at Danaher Corporation (2009-2013) (KaVo Group, Gendex), as CEO and a Board Member at PaloDex Group (2006–2009), as Senior Vice President at Dentsply International, Inc (1993-2006), as Head of the Dental Division at Orion Corporation (1989-1993), as Director of Sales at Bronto Skylift Oy Ab (1987-1989) and as a Consultant at Oy Management Services Scandinavia Ab (1983-1987). Henrik Roos holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering.

The board members’ relations to the company and major shareholders

Name Status Independent of major shareholders Independent of the company
Syrjälä Hannu Chairman  •
Allonen Heikki Member
Backström Vera Member
Koota Pasi Member
Niemi Petri Member
Roos Henrik Member

Board Committees

The Board has established the following committees and appointed the following members to the committees:

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee consists of four members: Hannu Syrjälä, Vera Backström, Petri Niemi and Henrik Roos. Hannu Syrjälä is the committee’s Chairman.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee consists of two members, Heikki Allonen and Pasi Koota. Heikki Allonen is the Chairman of the committee.

Responsibilities and practices

The Board is responsible for arranging the company’s management. The Board of Directors is responsible for duties specified in the Articles of Association and the Finnish Companies Act. The main duty of the Board of Directors is to approve the company’s strategy, decide on financial arrangements and make decisions on the purchase and sale of significant assets. The Board of Directors follows the company’s financial development through monthly reports and other information that company management provides to the Board.

The essential duties and responsibilities of the Board are defined primarily by the Articles of Association and the Finnish Companies Act. The Board annually ratifies a working order that specifies the meeting procedure of the Board of Directors and its tasks.

The key tasks of the Board of Directors include:

  • Approving consolidated financial statements and interim reports
  • Proposals to the Annual General Meeting
  • Appointing and dismissing the President and CEO
  • Organization of financial control.

In addition, the Board decides on matters of principle, as well as items that carry financial and business significance, such as:

  • Group and business unit strategies
  • Group action, budget and investment plans
  • Group risk management and reporting procedures
  • Decisions concerning the structure and organization of the Group
  • Significant individual investments, acquisitions, divestments and reorganizations
  • Group insurance and financing policies
  • Reward and incentive scheme for Group management
  • Appointing Board committees
  • Monitoring and evaluating the actions of the President and CEO.

Detection Technology’s President and CEO is in charge of ensuring that the Board members have necessary and sufficient information on the company’s operations.

In accordance with the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors consists of a minimum of three and a maximum of six regular members. The Board members are elected by the Annual General Meeting for one term of office at a time. The term of office begins at the end of the General Meeting that elected the Board and expires at the end of the first Annual General Meeting of shareholders following the election. The Articles of Association place no restrictions on the power of the General Meeting to elect members to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors elects the Chairman from its members, and the Board of Directors is deemed to have a quorum present when at least half of its members are present. In addition to matters to be resolved, the Board of Directors is given real-time information on the operation, financial standing and risks of the Group at their meetings. The Board of Directors convenes at reasonable intervals during the year according to an agreed schedule, in addition to which it convenes when necessary. Minutes are kept for all meetings.