Merilampi was a sponsor of the ceremony where Mikael Lilius, Chair of the Board of Wärtsilä, received the Chair of Year 2017 award. Chair of the Year is a Nordic award, given annually in each Nordic country, which recognises the best elected chairman of a listed company.
According to the jury Lilius has a successful history in boards of Nordic companies. In addition to his work in business, he has also been an important background influencer in the academic world. Mikael Lilius has lead the board of Wärtsilä since 2011. The total shareholder return of Wärtsilä has grown significantly during his term. In addition, Lilius is also the chair of the boards of Metso and Ahlström Capital.
”Mikael Lilius has faced challenging situations as a chair. With his leadership boards have recruited CEOs and made decisions about mergers and acquisitions. The results are convincing”, describes the head of the jury Sari Lounasmeri from the Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion.
The members of the jury were CEO of Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion Sari Lounasmeri (chair), the previous winner and Chair of the Board of Neste Jorma Eloranta, CEO of Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation Jannica Fagerholm, former head of state ownership department Eero Heliövaara, and CEO of Ilmarinen Timo Ritakallio.