Wärtsilä’s Annual General Meeting held on 2 March 2017 approved the financial statements and discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the company’s President & CEO from liability for the financial year 2016. The Meeting approved the Board of Directors’ proposal to pay a dividend of EUR 1.30 per share in two instalments. The first instalment of EUR 0.65 per share was paid on 13 March 2017. The second instalment of EUR 0.65 per share shall be paid in September 2017.
The Annual General Meeting decided that the Board of Directors shall have eight members. The following were elected to the Board: Maarit Aarni-Sirviö, Kaj-Gustaf Bergh, Karin Falk, Johan Forssell, Tom Johnstone, Mikael Lilius, Risto Murto and Markus Rauramo.
The audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy was elected as the auditor of the Company for the year 2017.
Authorisation to repurchase and distribute the Company’s own shares
The Board of Directors was authorised to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 19,000,000 of the Company’s own shares. The authorisation to repurchase the Company’s own shares shall be valid until the close of the next Annual General Meeting, however no longer than for 18 months from the authorisation of the shareholders’ meeting.
The Board of Directors was authorised to resolve to distribute a maximum of 19,000,000 of the Company’s own shares. The authorisation for the Board of Directors to distribute the Company’s own shares shall be valid for three years from the authorisation of the shareholders’ meeting and it cancels the authorisation given by the General Meeting on 3 March 2016. The Board of Directors was authorised to resolve to whom and in which order the own shares will be distributed. The Board of Directors was authorised to decide on the distribution of the Company’s own shares otherwise than in proportion to the existing pre-emptive right of the shareholders to purchase the Company’s own shares.
Organisation of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Wärtsilä Corporation elected Mikael Lilius as its chairman and Tom Johnstone as the deputy chairman. The Board decided to establish an Audit Committee, a Nomination Committee and a Remuneration Committee. The Board appointed from among its members the following members to the Committees:
Audit Committee: Chairman Markus Rauramo, Maarit Aarni-Sirviö, Risto Murto
Nomination Committee: Chairman Mikael Lilius, Kaj-Gustaf Bergh, Johan Forssell, Risto Murto
Remuneration Committee: Chairman Mikael Lilius, Maarit Aarni-Sirviö, Tom Johnstone