Board of Directors

Rainer Häggblom, Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Rainer Häggblom has participated in strategy and investment planning, and mergers and acquisitions assignments, in more than 50 countries and for a wide variety of companies. Mr. Häggblom joined the Jaakko Pöyry Group in 1984. In 1989, he was appointed Vice President of Corporate Investment Planning, in 1990 as Chief Operating Officer of the Consulting Division and in 1992 as President of Jaakko Pöyry Consulting Oy. In 1999, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Jaakko Pöyry Consulting Oy. In 2006 the name of the company was changed to Pöyry Forest Industry Consulting Oy. In 2008, he left Pöyry in order to establish his own independent advisory company Häggblom & Partners. Mr. Häggblom has participated in a number of international conferences, and has published numerous articles on forestry and forest industry issues. He has also chaired several international forestry, pulp and paper, and business management conferences. Mr. Häggblom has participated in management training at INSEAD, Harvard and the Helsinki School of Business Administration. Mr. Häggblom is currently a director or Vaahto Group Ouj, Preseco Oy, Filterit Oy, Hunting Minds Oy, Kesla Oy, Häggblom & Partners Ltd Oy, Prime Energy Power Ltd., and Linnunmaa Oy. Mr. Häggblom has worked on numerous plantation and industrial projects in Latin America and worldwide. He has participated in several major M&A assignments in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.  

Joseph Ryan, Non-Executive Director of the Company and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Joseph Ryan, Non-Executive Director of the Company and Chairman of the Audit Committee, has thirty five years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a partner for nearly 25 years, both in the Audit and Corporate Finance Divisions, where he was involved with some of the world’s largest M&A transactions with clients such as Hewlett Packard, General Electric, Microsoft, Tesco, Technicolor, Smith & Nephew and Tetra Laval. He has worked on transactions in over 30 countries and has gained extensive experience in UK, USA and International Accounting Standards. During his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Joseph was the partner in charge of an audit division for six years and the partner in charge of the Corporate Finance (Transaction Services) Division for Corporate deals for seven years, where he gained a broad range of general management experience in addition to his detailed financial knowledge.Before retiring from the firm, he helped to develop the deals services across its European practice. He is a non-executive director/member of the audit committees of several sports related organisations such as Badminton England, Commonwealth Games England and UK Sport. Mr. Ryan qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and has completed the Senior Executive Programme and the Continuing Executive Programme at London Business School in addition to attending several industry related programmes specifically designed by London Business School for partners in PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dr. Panu Kallio, Non-Executive Director

Dr. Panu Kallio is Senior Vice President of OP-Pohjola Group, the largest financial services group in Finland, in charge of Financial Services for rural entrepreneurs and forest owners. Dr. Kallio has held this role since February 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Kallio was a research director at the Pellervo Economic Research Institute from June 1998 to 2006. The institute conducts applied economic research on general economics, agricultural and food economics, and forest. Dr. Kallio gained a strong understanding of European and global agricultural and food sectors through his responsibility for all food and agricultural research, in addition to the operative and financing aspects of the research work. Dr. Kallio is currently a board member of OP-Pohjola Group Central Cooperative, The Pellervo Economic Research Institute, The Kaisa Kallio Foundation, The Latokartano Foundation and The Foundation for European Forest Research. He is also a permanent expert of the Board of the Development Fund of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland. His prior directorships include the Taxpayers’ Association of Finland and he has lectured at the University of Helsinki on international trade and game theory. Dr. Kallio received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, USA in 1997 and his M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1991.