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.  

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.

Howard Myles, Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Myles was a Partner in Ernst & Young from 2001 to 2007 and was responsible for the Investment Funds Corporate Advisory team. Previously with UBS Warburg from 1987 to 2001. Mr Myles began his career in stockbroking in 1971 as an equity salesman and in 1975 joined Touche Ross & Co where he qualified as a chartered accountant. In 1978 he joined W Greenwell and Co. in the corporate broking team and in 1987 moved to SG Warburg Securities where he was involved in a wide range of commercial and industrial transactions in addition to leading Warburg’s corporate finance function for investment funds. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of The Chartered Securities Institute. He is currently a non-executive director of Aberdeen Private Equity Fund Limited, Baker Steel Resources Trust Limited, Lazard World Trust Fund SICAF, Small Companies Dividend Trust PLC, JP Morgan Brazil Investment Trust plc and BBGI SICAV S.A.  

Field Griffith, Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Griffith has been an investor, portfolio manager and director for the past 34 years, investing across a broad range of real asset categories. He was the Director of Real Assets Investments for the Virginia Retirement System from 2004-2016 where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the System’s global timberland, real estate, infrastructure and natural resource portfolios. Prior employment included investment and portfolio management activities for BGK Properties, UNUM Life Insurance Company and Phoenix Life Insurance Company. Mr. Griffith is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received a B.A. from Beloit College and an M.B.A. from the University of Washington. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a board member of the Pension Real Estate Association. From 2016 to present, Mr. Griffith has been an Independent Director on the Board of Blackstone Real Estate Investment Trust.