Board of Directors

According to the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors shall consist of no less than three and no more than twelve Directors elected by the General Meeting.

Tom Boardman

Chairman
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Born: 1949
Nationality: South African citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 10,000 class B shares.
Committee work: Member of the Audit Committee, member of the Remuneration Committee.

Tom Boardman has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2011 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2016. He is also Chairman of the Board of Millicom and Non-Executive Director of Nedbank Group, Woolworths Holdings, Royal Bafokeng Holdings and African Rainbow Minerals, and was a Non-Executive Director of Vodacom Group 2009-2011. Tom held various managerial positions within the South African mining and retailing industries during 1973-1986. Between 1986 and 2002 he held managerial positions within the BoE Bank and 2003-2010 he was Chief Executive of Nedbank Group. Tom holds a B Com and CTA from University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Dame Amelia Fawcett

Deputy Chairman
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Born: 1956
Nationality: US and UK citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management, not independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 10,000 class B shares.
Committee work: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, Chairman of the GRC Committee.

Dame Amelia Fawcett has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2011, and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2013. She is also Chairman of the Hedge Fund Standards Board, a Board Director of State Street Corporation in Boston, USA and Chairman of its Risk Committee and a member of the Board of the UK Treasury. Dame Amelia is a Governor of the London Business School, Chairman of the Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation, a Commissioner of the US-UK Fulbright Commission and a Trustee of Project Hope UK. She held managerial positions within Morgan Stanley 1987-2006 and was Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of its European operations 2002-2006. She was a Board Director of the Guardian Media Group 2007-2013, and Chairman 2009-2013. Dame Amelia has a Law Degree from University of Virginia, USA, and a BA Magna Cum Laude in History from the Wellesley College in Massachusetts, USA.

Henrik Poulsen

Deputy Chairman
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Born: 1967
Nationality: Danish citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 15,000 class B shares.
Committee work: Member of the Audit Committee.

Henrik Poulsen was elected a Director and appointed Deputy Chairman of the Board of Kinnevik AB in 2017. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Dong Energy, the global leader in offshore wind power. Prior to joining Dong Energy in 2012, Henrik was the Chief Executive Officer of Danish telecommunications company TDC between 2008 and 2012, and also spent one year at KKR & Co after seven successful years at Lego. Henrik is graduated with BSc and MSc degrees in International Business and Finance & Accounting from Aarhus School of Business.

Cynthia Gordon

Board Director
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Born: 1962
Nationality: UK citizen.
Independence: Not independent of the Company and management, independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 1,381 class B shares.
Committee work: Member of the GRC Committee.

Cynthia Gordon was elected a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB in 2017. She is currently a member of the Board of Tele2 and was until February 2017 CEO of the Africa Division at Millicom. Prior to joining Millicom in 2015, Cynthia spent three years at MENA and Asia Pacific telecommunications company Ooredoo as Chief Commercial Officer, and also spent nine years at Orange as Vice President, Business between 2001 and 2006, and Vice President, Partnerships and Emerging Markets between 2009 and 2012. Between 2007 and 2009, Cynthia was Chief Commercial Officer at the Russian/Eastern European communications company MTS. Cynthia holds a BA Business Studies Degree.

Wilhelm Klingspor

Board Director
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Born: 1962
Nationality: Swedish citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 1,315,474 class A shares and 780,071 class B shares.
Committee work: -

Wilhelm Klingspor has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2004 and was Director of Industriförvaltnings AB Kinnevik 1999-2004. He also served as Director of the Board of BillerudKorsnäs 2012-2014 (Director of Korsnäs 2003-2012). Wilhelm is CEO of Hellekis Säteri. He graduated as a Forest Engineer from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Skinnskatteberg.

Lothar Lanz

Board Director
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Born: 1948
Nationality: German citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: -
Committee work: -

Lothar Lanz has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2016. He was also elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zalando in 2016, where he has been a Supervisory Board Member and Chairman of the Audit Committee since 2014. He is also a Supervisory Board Member of Axel Springer, TAG Immobilien and Home24. Lothar was Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Axel Springer 2009-2014, after having spent 12 years at ProSiebenSat.1 Media as Chief Financial Officer. Lothar graduated with a Master of Commerce after studies in Business Administration in Stuttgart and Berlin.

Erik Mitteregger

Board Director
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Born: 1960 
Nationality: Swedish citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 35,000 class A shares and 165,000 class B shares.
Committee work: Member of the Audit Committee, member of the Remuneration Committee.

Erik Mitteregger has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2004. He is also Chairman of the Board of Firefly, Fasadglas Bäcklin, MatHem and Wise Group, as well as member of the board of Exeger and Resscapital. Erik was Founding Partner and Fund Manager at Brummer & Partners Kapitalförvaltning 1995-2002. In 1989-1995 he was Head of Equity Research and member of the Management Board at Alfred Berg Fondkommission. Erik holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics.

Mario Queiroz

Board Director
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Born: 1966
Nationality: Brazilian and US citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: -
Committee work: -

Mario Queiroz has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2016. He is Vice President of Product Management at Google for consumer hardware, including smartphones, Chromecast, Google Home, VR, and others. Previously at Google, Mario led Android product management, product internationalization, and the build out of Google R&D centres outside of the United States. Prior to joining Google in 2005, Mario held a number of positions at Hewlett-Packard, including Vice President of Operations and Senior Director of Global eCommerce. Mario also served as non-executive director of Metro International 2008-2013. Mario holds BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

John Shakeshaft

Board Director
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Born: 1954
Nationality: UK citizen
Independence: Independent of the Company and management and independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 2,880 class B shares.
Committee work: Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the GRC Committee.

John Shakeshaft has been a Director of the Board of Kinnevik AB since 2014. He is also Deputy Chairman of the Council of Cambridge University, Chairman of Ludgate Environmental and Valiance Funds, Investment Director of Cornerstone Investment Managers and a trustee of the Institute of Historical Research, the London Symphony Orchestra and Trinity College, Cambridge. John served as Director of the Board of Tele2 2003-2014. He has 28 years of global financial services expertise and held leadership positions at ABN Amro (2004-2006), Lazard LLP (2000-2002) and Barings (1994-2000). John previously served in HM Diplomatic Service and holds a master’s degree from Cambridge University.

Cristina Stenbeck

Board Director
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Born: 1977
Nationality: Swedish citizen 
Independence: Independent of the Company and management, not independent of major shareholders.
Direct or related person ownership: 2,200 class B shares. Cristina Stenbeck owns 25.9% of the shares of Verdere S.à r.l. directly, with CMS Sapere Aude Trust reg., a trust of which Cristina Stenbeck is beneficiary, owning an additional 44.5% of the share capital. Verdere S.à r.l. owns 28.3 million Class A shares, corresponding to 43.8% of the votes and 10.3% of the capital in Kinnevik.
Committee work: -

Cristina was elected Vice Chairman of the Board in 2003 and was the Chairman of the Board during 2007-2016. She currently serves as a non-executive on both the Board of one of Kinnevik’s private investee companies, Babylon Health, as well as the Board of Kinnevik. She also serves on the Board of Spotify. Cristina has held Board positions in a number of Kinnevik’s investee companies within e-commerce, financial services and communications, including Zalando, Invik & Co., Millicom, Tele2 and MTG. Cristina graduated with a B.Sc. from Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA.

The AGM 2017 resolved to re-elect Tom Boardman, Anders Borg, Dame Amelia Fawcett, Wilhelm Klingspor, Lothar Lanz, Erik Mitteregger, Mario Queiroz, John Shakeshaft and Cristina Stenbeck as members of the Board and to elect Cynthia Gordon and Henrik Poulsen as new members of the Board. The AGM further re-elected Tom Boardman as Chairman of the Board. On 5 August 2017, Anders Borg tendered his resignation as a Director of Kinnevik.