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Salary and remuneration report


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Dear Shareholders,

This report sets out the Wärtsilä remuneration principles for the Board of Directors and Board of Management for 2019 and enumerates the same for three previous years. With this, we aim to increase transparency regarding Wärtsilä’s remuneration practices and how they contribute to the business strategy and long-term interests.

Wärtsilä strives for high performance, and strong achievements are recognised and rewarded. Remuneration at Wärtsilä is guided by our ‘Pay for Performance’ principles. These principles are used to structure the reward approach throughout the organisation and designed to align employee rewards with the interests of the company and its shareholders.

The remuneration policy for the President & CEO, prepared and issued in accordance with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2020 and EU’s Second Shareholder Rights Directive ‘SHRD II’, has been developed taking these principles into account.


We believe in a consistent approach to performance rewarding at Wärtsilä. The remuneration arrangements for the Board of Management, which also cascade down to other members of the senior management team, have operated broadly unchanged for some years.

The short-term incentive awards for the Board of Management have been consistently based on profitability (EBIT%) and cash flow targets over the past years. The expected performance criteria for profitability were set at highly ambitious levels also for 2019. Wärtsilä’s financial performance in 2019 resulted in neither the profitability nor the cash flow target thresholds being met. Therefore, no short-term incentives were awarded for the year. 

Wärtsilä’s long-term incentive scheme is based on share price development. The 2017-2019 scheme performance period ended at the end of 2019. Due to share price performance during the performance period, there will be no pay-out for the scheme.

Going forward, performance-based rewarding principles remain the foundation of Wärtsilä remuneration practices. Both long-term and short-term incentive arrangements will continue in 2020 with ambitious targets.

Mikael Lilius
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee


Remuneration principles for the Board of Management

Wärtsilä's rewarding principles are designed to attract, retain, and motivate executives by providing compensation solutions that reward them for their performance in delivering business results.

The remuneration mix for the Board of Management consists of fixed and variable, performance related, pay. The objective is to have a good balance of rewarding elements. These comprise a fixed pay level guaranteed to be market competitive, supported by short- and long-term incentive schemes to drive company performance and to reward accordingly.

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Fixed pay

The fixed remuneration paid to the President & CEO and to the other members of the Board of Management consists of a monthly base salary and fringe benefits. Base salaries are reviewed annually, taking into account the company’s and the individual’s performance and the market conditions.

The members of the Board of Management are provided private medical insurance and life insurance. They are also offered a company car benefit. Taking into consideration Wärtsilä's emphasis on environmental responsibility, hybrid or low emission cars are recommended.

The President & CEO and members of the Board of Management participate in company specific pension schemes, in addition to any statutory requirements. The nature of the supplementary pension schemes and retirement ages vary. They are generally based on the retirement scheme of the national social security system to which the person in question belongs and are either defined benefit or defined contribution based.

Variable pay

Short-term incentive schemes

The Group operates a bonus scheme, which is implemented globally and is designed to provide incentives for achievement of and reward for delivery of the short-term business plan. The bonus is based on the Group's financial targets, business specific targets, as well as agreed team and personal targets. Around 3,000 directors and managers are covered by this scheme.

For the President & CEO and the Board of Management, the payment is based on the achievement of the company's profitability and other financial targets for the financial year, as set by the Board of Directors. The short-term incentive opportunity is capped at 100% of the annual base salary for the President & CEO, and 65% of the annual base salary for the other members of the Board of Management. Bonuses are paid in cash shortly after year-end.

Wärtsilä's employees also participate in bonus or profit-based incentive schemes. These are applied in the majority of countries where Wärtsilä operates, in accordance with each country's legislation. Alternatively, they take the form of local bonus or profit-sharing schemes. All in all, 80% of the company's employees are covered by the Group's bonus schemes and various other performance-related incentive schemes.

Long-term incentive scheme

Around 100 senior managers, including the President & CEO and the Board of Management, participate in Wärtsilä's long-term incentive scheme. The objective of the long-term incentive scheme is to align the interests of senior management with those of Wärtsilä’s shareholders by creating a long-term equity-related interest for the participants. This promotes shareholder value creation and drives a long-term performance culture within Wärtsilä.

The long-term incentive scheme has a three-year performance period. Under the scheme, participants are awarded incentive rights. The value of an incentive right at the end of the performance period is based on share price development between the three-month period immediately preceding the performance period and the last three months of the performance period. The share price at the end of the period may include a value for some or all of the normal and any extraordinary dividends paid by Wärtsilä Corporation during the performance period.

Valuation of the incentive rights:

To ensure an appropriate level of reward, an upper limit is set for each award cycle, capping the maximum value for each incentive right. The incentive rights are paid out in cash or in shares. The schemes launched as of 2019 will be paid out in shares to promote shareholder value creation by strengthening the alignment of senior management interests with those of Wärtsilä’s shareholders.

Share ownership policy

Each member of the Board of Management is expected to accumulate and, once achieved, maintain a share ownership in Wärtsilä that, at minimum, corresponds to the individual’s annual gross base salary.


The Board of Directors determines the levels and underlying principles of the fixed pay as well as the incentive schemes for the President & CEO and other members of the Board of Management. The Board of Directors also decides on other possible long-term incentive schemes for senior management, unless they are by law determined by the Annual General Meeting. The Board of Management decides on bonus schemes for other directors and managers.

Remuneration of the Board of Management

Contractual terms for the President & CEO

The base salary of the President & CEO is EUR 893,582 p.a. He is entitled to participate in the short- and long-term incentive schemes according to the terms and conditions described above. The President & CEO is eligible to take retirement upon reaching the age of sixty-three (63). His pension scheme is determined according to a defined contribution based system. The retirement pension contribution is equivalent to 20% of the annual salary. Remuneration paid to the President & CEO if dismissed by the company corresponds to 18 months’ salary plus a six months’ period of notice salary.

Board of Management's total remuneration in 2019
Board of Management Salary and short-term benefits Supplementary pension contributions Short-term incentives1 Long-term incentives2 Total
Jaakko Eskola, President & CEO 894 (862) 179 (170) 0 (239) 0 (1 696) 1 072 (2 967)
Pierpaolo Barbone, Deputy to the CEO (until 31.12.2018) - (384) - (107) - (56) - (848) - (1 396)
Other members of the Board of Management3 2 423 (2 263) 370 (368) 0 (480) 0 (4 452) 2 792 (7 563)
1The figures of the comparison period relate to the annual bonus for 2017 performance, which was paid in 2018.
2The figures of the comparison period relate to the 2015-2017 long-term incentive cycle, which was paid in 2018.
3Remuneration for a period other than the financial year: Marco Ryan 1.1.-17.7.2019, Päivi Castrén 1.1.-24.10.2019, Alid Dettke 1.11.-31.12.2020

Short-term incentive schemes

The Board of Management's performance target structure for short-term incentives is described in the table below. A sliding scale of targets is set for each measure.



Short-term incentives for 2019 performance

The above performance measures and weightings apply to the annual bonus for 2019 performance. Performance against the group targets was as follows:


As the performance outcomes were below the target thresholds, no bonuses were paid out.

Short-term incentives for 2020 performance

There are no changes proposed to the short-term incentive plan for 2020. The performance measures, weightings, and maximum limits will be the same as those applied for 2019.

Historical development of performance outcome

The performance measures and weightings have remained consistent during the past years. Actual performance against the group targets during 2016-2018 is presented below.



Long-term incentive scheme

The table below sets out details of the realised and outstanding awards under Wärtsilä's long-term incentive scheme. The scheme applies to Wärtsilä’s senior management, consisting of approximately 100 directors, including the Board of Management. The value delivered is based on share price development during the three-year performance period. The values reflect the share split effective as of March 2018.

Performance period 2016-2018 2017-2019 2018-2020 2019-2021
Number of incentive rights granted (on 31.12.2019) 4 857 000 4 332 000 3 609 000 5 108 000
Starting share price, EUR 15.82 16.19 22.58 16.76
Measurement period for comparison share price Q4 2018 + 100% of dividends paid Q4 2019 + 100% of dividends paid Q4 2020 + 100% of dividends paid Q4 2021 + 100% of dividends paid
Maximum value per incentive right, EUR 4.61 6.07 8.47 6.56
Final comparison share price, EUR 15.79 9.57 - -
Final value per incentive right, EUR 0.00 0.00 - -
Scheme payment date February 2019 February 2020 February 2021 February 2022
The share issue without payment (share split) approved by Wärtsilä Corporation’s Annual General Meeting on 8 March 2018 increased the total number of Wärtsilä shares to 591 723 390. The figures in the above table have been restated accordingly.

In January 2020, the Board of Directors decided on the long-term incentive scheme for 2020-2022. The scheme comprises 8,788,000 incentive rights. The reward is paid in shares. It is based on the share price development during a three-year period, with a starting share price of EUR 11.01. The reward cannot exceed EUR 4.31 per incentive right, and it takes into account 100% of dividends paid out during the performance period and reinvested in the company’s shares. The scheme will be due for payment in February 2023.

Share ownership

Board of Management's share ownership in Wärtsilä on 31 December 2019
Board of Management No. of shares
Jaakko Eskola 41 739
Change in 2019 0
Arjen Berends 0
Change in 2019 0
Alid Dettke 0
Change in 2019 0
Kari Hietanen 15 633
Change in 2019 0
Roger Holm 11 796
Change in 2019 0
Atte Palomäki 14 493
Change in 2019 0
Marco Wirén 20 184
Change in 2019 0


The Board of Directors monitors the Group’s short- and long-term incentive schemes and evaluates the achievement of the targets on which they are based. The incentive schemes for 2019 were found to be well balanced and in accordance with market practices. The Board of Directors was satisfied that the pay-out outcome was appropriate given the company's performance.

Remuneration of the Board of Directors

The Annual General Meeting annually decides on the fees to be paid to the members of the Board of Directors for one term of office at a time.

The Annual General Meeting approved the following fees to the members of the Board of Directors for 2019:

  • to the ordinary members EUR 70,000/year
  • to the deputy chairman EUR 105,000/year
  • to the chairman EUR 140,000/year

Approximately 40% of the annual fee is paid in Wärtsilä shares. In addition, each member will be paid EUR 750 per board meeting attended, the chairman's meeting fee being double this amount. Furthermore, the chairman of the Audit Committee will receive a fixed fee of EUR 20,000 and each member of the Committee a fixed fee of EUR 10,000 for the term; the chairman of the Remuneration Committee will receive a fixed fee of EUR 10,000 and each member of the Committee a fixed fee of EUR 5,000 for the term; and the chairman of the Nomination Committee will receive a fixed fee of EUR 8,000 and each member of the Committee a fixed fee of EUR 4,000 for the term. The members of Wärtsilä's Board of Directors were paid altogether EUR 718 thousand for the financial period that ended on 31 December 2019. The Board's members were not covered by the company's incentive schemes.

Fees paid to the Board of Directors
TEUR Attendance fees Yearly fees Total
Board of Directors 2019 2018 2019 2018 2019 2018
Mikael Lilius, Chairman 32 35 140 140 172 175
Tom Johnstone, Deputy Chairman 12 14 105 105 117 119
Maarit Aarni-Sirviö 22 26 70 70 92 96
Kaj-Gustaf Bergh 11 12 70 70 81 82
Karin Falk 7 8 70 70 77 78
Johan Forssell 11 12 70 70 81 82
Risto Murto 21 24 70 70 91 94
Markus Rauramo 27 33 70 70 97 103
Fees paid in Wärtsilä shares in 2019
Board of Directors No. of shares
Mikael Lilius, Chairman 4 132
Tom Johnstone, Deputy Chairman 3 099
Maarit Aarni-Sirviö 2 066
Kaj-Gustaf Bergh 2 066
Karin Falk 2 066
Johan Forssell 2 066
Risto Murto 2 066
Markus Rauramo 2 066


Board of Directors' share ownership in Wärtsilä on 31 December 2019
Board of Directors No. of shares
Mikael Lilius, Chairman 65 392
Change in 2019 4 132
Tom Johnstone, Deputy Chairman 11 693
Change in 2019 3 099
Maarit Aarni-Sirviö 34 503
Change in 2019 2 066
Kaj-Gustaf Bergh 33 769
Change in 2019 3 666
Karin Falk 5 073
Change in 2019 2 066
Johan Forssell 5 073
Change in 2019 2 066
Risto Murto 11 013
Change in 2019 2 066
Markus Rauramo 18 675
Change in 2019 2 066


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