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Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors is responsible for adopting strategies, objectives, budgets, business and investment plans, the accounts, major changes, etc. The Board appoints the President and CEO, Executive Compensation & Capability Committee and Audit Committee and decides on remuneration for the President and CEO. 
 
The Board is responsible for the management of Elekta’s operations. The Board appoints a President and CEO who is responsible for the day-to-day operations in accordance with the Board’s guidelines. The President and CEO keeps the Board informed of significant issues including information about Elekta’s performance, earnings and financial position. Elekta’s Board of Directors is appointed by the Annual General Meeting for the period until the end of the next AGM. According to the Articles of Association, Elekta’s Board of Directors is to have between three and ten members. There are no other rules in the Articles of Association concerning the appointment or removal of Board members.
 
Composition of the Board
The Board of Directors currently comprises eight members who were elected by the 2014 Annual General Meeting for the period until the next Annual General Meeting: 
 
  • Laurent Leksell (Chairman of the Board)
  • Hans Barella
  • Luciano Cattani
  • Siaou-Sze Lien
  • Tomas Puusepp
  • Wolfgang Reim
  • Jan Secher 
  • Birgitta Stymne Göransson
 
There are no employee representatives on the Board.
 
Independence of the Board
The composition of the Board meets applicable independence requirements as six of the eight Board members have been deemed independent in relation to the Company, the management and major shareholders. These six members are Hans Barella, Luciano Cattani, Siaou-Sze Lien, Wolfgang Reim, Jan Secher and Birgitta Stymne Göransson.
 
Delegation of responsibility
The Board’s work is regulated by the Swedish Companies Act, the Articles of Association, the Code and the Rules of Procedure for the Board. The Rules of Procedure establish that the Board is to:
 
  • Hold at least seven ordinary meetings per year
  • Determine finance and currency policies
  • Approve budgets and long-term plans, including investment budgets
  • Approve investments and similar amounts of more than SEK 5 M if these fall outside approved investment budgets
  • Decide on acquisitions of real property, shares or other companies
  • Decide on the establishment and capitalization of subsidiaries
  • Determine the conditions of employment for the CEO
  • Adopt annual and interim reports
 
Within the Board of Directors, there is no special distribution of responsibilities among Board members in addition to the duties that the Board has delegated to the Executive Compensation & Capability Committee and the Audit Committee.
 
Refer to Elekta’s Corporate Governance Report for more information about the Board’s work during 2013/14.
 
Laurent Leksell

Laurent Leksell

First elected 1972

Board Chairman and Chairman of the Compensation & Capability Committee

Year of birth: 1952
Education: MBA and PhD from Stockholm School of Economics
Independence: Not independent in relation to the Company or the executive management and, being the Company’s largest shareholder, not independent in relation to major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board chairman: Stockholm City Mission and Leksell Social Ventures
Board member: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Principal work experience and other information: Founder of Elekta and Executive Director, from 2005 to 2013. Former President and CEO of Elekta during the years from 1972 to 2005. Among other things, Assistant Professor and Faculty member of Stockholm School of Economics, IFL and Insead Fontainebleau

Hans Barella

Hans Barella

First elected 2003

Member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Year of birth: 1943
Education: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering/ Business Administration from the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Independence: Independent of the Company and the executive management and independent of the major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board chairman: Sapiens GmbH and Super Sonic Imagine SA
Principal work experience and other information: President and CEO at Philips Medical Systems and member of the Group Management Committee of Royal Philips from 1997 to 2002. Former Board chairman of COCIR, European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry

Luciano Cattani

Luciano Cattani

First elected 2008

Member of the Board and Chairman of the Compensation & Capability Committee

Year of birth: 1945
Education:
Master of Science in Economics from the University of Rome
Independence: Independent of the Company and the executive management and independent of the major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board member: Sorin SpA
Principal work experience and other information: Board member: Sorin SpA
Former Board chairman of COCIR, European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry

Siaou-Sze Lien

Siaou-Sze Lien

First elected 2011

Member of the Compensation Committee

Year of birth: 1950
Education: Bachelor of Science in Physics from Nanyang University and an Master of Science in Computer Science from Imperial College in London
Independence: Independent of the Company and the executive management and independent of the major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board member: Luvata Holding, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), NTU’s Confucius Institute and Japfa Ltd
Principal work experience and other information: Senior Executive Coach at Mobley Group Pacific Ltd after a 28-year career at Hewlett-Packard. Until 2006, Senior Vice President, Hewlett- Packard Services for the Asia-Pacific & Japan region

Tomas Puusepp

Tomas Puusepp

First elected 2013

Executive Director of the Board

Year of birth: 1955
Education: Electrical Engineer, studies in Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and at the University of Stockholm and Management (IEP) at IMD in Lausanne
Independence: Not independent in relation to the company and the management but is independent in relation to the company’s major shareholders
Other Board assignments: The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York and American Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm
Principal work experience and other information: Various positions at the Research Institute for Nuclear Physics, Scanditronix and Ericsson before being employed by Elekta in 1988. Since then, he has held various management positions within the Company, including head of Elekta’s neurosurgery operations, President of Elekta’s subsidiary in North America, global head of Elekta’s sales, marketing and service operations and President and CEO of Elekta during fiscal years 2005/06 to 2013/14

Wolfgang Reim

Wolfgang Reim

First elected 2011

Member of the Board

Year of birth: 1956
Education: Master in Natural Sciences and PhD in Physics from the Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zürich
Independence: Independent of the Company and the executive management and independent of the major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board chairman: Ondal Medical Systems GmbH since November 2012
Board member: Carl Zeiss Meditec AG until March 2014, GN Store Nord A/S, Klingel GmbH from December 2012 and Medlumics S.L. from January 2013
Principal work experience and other information: Independent consultant focusing on the medical technology industry. Until end of 2006 CEO of Dräger Medical AG. He started to work for Siemens in 1986 and was the CEO of the Siemens Ultrasound Division from 1997 to 2000 and President of the Special Products Division from 1995 to 1997

Jan Secher

Jan Secher

First elected 2010

Member of the Board and Member of the Audit Committee

Year of birth: 1957
Education: Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University in Sweden
Independence: Independent of the Company and the executive management and independent of the major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board chairman: Peak Management AG
Principal work experience and other information: President and CEO of Perstorp AB from September 2013. Previous President and CEO of Ferrostaal AG from 2010 to 2012, operating partner of the US private equity fund Apollo in London from 2009 to 2010, CEO of Clariant AG in Basel from 2006 to 2008 and CEO of SICPA in Lausanne from 2003 to 2005. Before he held various leading positions in the ABB Group during the years from 1982 to 2002

Birgitta Stymne Goransson

Birgitta Stymne Göransson

First elected 2005

Member of the Board and Member of the Audit Committee

Year of birth: 1957
Education: MBA from Harvard Business School and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Independence: Independent of the Company and the executive management and independent of the major shareholders
Other Board assignments:
Board chairman: Medivir AB, Stiftelsen Stockholms Sjukhem and Fryshuset Foundation Board member: HL Display AB, Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Sophiahemmet
Principal work experience and other information: President and CEO of Memira Group 2010 to 2013. CEO of Semantix Group 2005 to 2009 and COO/CFO of Telefos 2001 to 2005. Before that several management positions including CFO at Åhléns AB, Corporate Controller at KF, product manager at Gambro and senior management consultant at McKinsey & Company

 

Refer to Elekta’s most recent Corporate Governance Report for more information about meeting attendance and remuneration during 2013/14.

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