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Corporate Governance

EQT AB is a Swedish public limited liability company listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

EQT AB applies the Swedish code of corporate governance (the Code). Any deviation from the Code will be reported in the company’s corporate governance report, which is prepared annually in connection with the annual report. The company’s corporate governance report is prepared in accordance with the Code and the Swedish Annual Accounts Act.Articles of Association.

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Executive Committee


  • Christian Sinding

    CEO and Managing Partner

    Christian Sinding

    Position
    CEO and Managing Partner since January 2019.

    Other assignments
    Board member of Vidsjaa AS, Baggins AG and EQT Partnership Association

    Previous assignments
    Board member of XXL ASA

    Shareholding in the company
    28 120 000 shares directly and indirectly

    Education
    B.Sc. in Commerce with Distinction, University of Virginia 1994

    Experience
    Christian Sinding joined EQT Partners in 1998 from AEA Investors Inc., a leading U.S.-based private equity firm, and is CEO and Managing Partner. Prior to joining AEA, Christian was employed as a financial analyst with Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co. investment bankers in the U.S.

    Christian has worked in the Stockholm-, Munich- and Copenhagen- offices of EQT Partners and opened the Oslo office in 2007. He has been involved in a number of investments including Plantasjen, Symrise, Gambro, Vaasan&Vaasan, Findus, ISS, XXL, and InFiber.

    Christian is Chairman of the Executive Committee and member of the Equity Partners Investment Committee.

    • Born
      1972
    • Nationality
      Norwegian
    • Employee since
      1998

  • Lennart Blecher

    Head of Real Assets' Advisory Teams, Deputy Managing Partner and Chairperson of EQT Exeter

    Lennart Blecher

    Position
    Deputy Managing Partner since August 2013. Head of Real Assets advisory team since January 2015.

    Other assignments
    Board member of Volito Aktiebolag, Volito Fastigheter Aktiebolag, Volito Industri Aktiebolag and Nordkap Holding AG

    Previous assignments
    Vice Chairperson of the board of Falcon Private Bank. Board member of Volito Aviation Aktiebolag

    Shareholding in the company
    29 203 556 shares

    Education
    Master of Laws from Lund University. Academy of American and International Law, University of Dallas

    Experience
    Prior to joining EQT Partners, Lennart was from 2004 to 2007 Managing Director and Senior Banker in the investment bank of Unicredit/HypoVereinsbank in Munich.

    From 2002 to 2004, Lennart was Managing Director at GE Commercial Finance in London.

    Between 1987 until 2002, he held various position in the ABB Group, in Zurich such as General Counsel for the ABB Financial Services Group, President and Business Area Manager for ABB Structured Finance and ABB Equity Ventures.

    Lennart is a member of the EQT Executive Committee and is a Chairperson of the Infrastructure Partners Investment Committee.

    • Born
      1955
    • Nationality
      Swedish
    • Employee since
      2007

  • Christina Drews

    Chief Operating Officer

    Christina Drews

    Position
    Chief Operating Officer

    Education
    MA from Cambridge University

    Experience

    Prior to joining EQT, Christina spent 25 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as Global CAO for the Investment Banking Division (IBD), spending two years in the New York office, as well as COO and CFO for IBD in EMEA. She started at Goldman Sachs in M&A in London for seven years, after which she moved to the Executive Office as Chief of Staff to the co-heads of Goldman Sachs International, before returning to IBD.

    From 2018 to 2022 Christina was Chief Operating Officer and on the Executive Committee of Helios Investment Partners LLP, with oversight for the firm’s strategy development and implementation. Helios became the largest emerging markets-focused private equity firm globally to receive the B Corp sustainability certification.

    She began her career as a management trainee at Bayer AG.

    • Born
      1970
    • Nationality
      German
    • Employee since
      2022

  • Per Franzén

    Head of Private Capital and Deputy Managing Partner

    Per Franzén

    Position
    Head of Private Capital and Deputy Managing Partner

    Other assignments
    Member of the EQT Executive Committee and Chairman of the Equity Partners Investment Committee. Board member of Anticimex, Independent Vetcare Limited, Bark Partners AB, Lago Invest, Lago Holding.

    Previous assignments
    Board member of Academedia, Duni, Securitas Direct, SSP, Automic, Evidensia, IFS and Eton.

    Shareholding in the company
    27 596 291 shares indirectly via Bark Partners AB

    Education
    M.Sc in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics with exchange studies at the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.

    Experience
    Per has worked in the Stockholm and Munich offices at EQT Partners and has been involved in a number of investments including IFS, Automic, SSP, AcadeMedia, Securitas Direct, IVC, Anticimex, Eton, Duni, Karo Pharma and Piab. In January 2019 Per was appointed Co-Head of EQT Equity and in 2021 Global Head of Private Capital.

    • Born
      1976
    • Nationality
      Swedish
    • Employee since
      2007

  • Ward Fitzgerald

    Partner and Head of EQT Exeter

    Ward Fitzgerald

    Position
    Partner and Head of EQT Exeter since April 2021

    Other assignments
    Board member for Jefferson Hospital, The Ehlers Danlos Society, The Papal Foundation, The National Centre for Padre Pio, and the Business Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame

    Previous assignments
    Chief Executive Officer and Senior Managing Principal of Exeter Property Group. Senior Management at Rouse/Liberty Property Trust. Board member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart, Fields Design and Development Committee Notre Dame Academy in Villanova, Real Estate Board for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame for LaSalle College High School

    Shareholding in the company
    23 203 640 shares (with family)

    Education
    MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

    Experience
    Prior to Exeter, Ward began as a senior management team member with Rouse/Liberty Property Trust, a $7B publicly traded office and industrial REIT, which he helped take public in 1994. Ward has held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Senior Managing Principal of Exeter Property Group since the firms founding in 2006.

    • Born
      1963
    • Nationality
      American
    • Employee since
      2021

  • Bahare Haghshenas

    Global Head of Sustainable Transformation

    Bahare Haghshenas

    Position
    Global Head of Sustainable Transformation

    Other assignments
    -

    Previous assignments
    -

    Shareholding in the company
    799 class C shares

    Education
    BS. Social Science from Mid-University in Sweden and a mini MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the UK

    Experience
    Prior to joining EQT, Bahare was a Partner at Deloitte and Executive Director of Acacia, Deloitte's Sustainability Innovation Hub. She was the driving force behind creating Deloitte Denmark's commercial platform using sustainability as a lever for strategy and innovation. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of strategy, innovation and sustainability as well as with working in multi-stakeholder environments, solving complex societal challenges and delivering strategies and innovative business models.

    • Born
      1979
    • Nationality
      Swedish
    • Employee since
      2021

  • Kim Henriksson

    CFO

    Kim Henriksson

    Position
    CFO since October 2018

    Other assignments

    Board member of EQT Partners Aktiebolag, Altia Oyj and Nokkila Konsult & Förvaltnings Aktiebolag

    Shareholding in the company
    225 000 shares and 28 004 class C shares

    Previous assignments
    Partner and board member of Access Partners Oy. Executive Vice President and CFO of Munksjö Oy.

    Education
    Master of Science in Economics from Hanken School of Economics

    Experience
    Kim started his career at Morgan Stanley in 1994 and left the Nordic M&A team as a Managing Director in 2008. Between 2010 and 2015 Kim held the position as CFO at Munksjö and subsequently he was a Partner and Corporate Finance Advisor at Access Partners.

    • Born
      1968
    • Nationality
      Finnish and Swedish
    • Employee since
      2018

  • Jean Eric Salata

    Head of BPEA EQT and Chairperson of EQT Asia

    Jean Eric Salata

    Position
    Head of BPEA EQT and Chairperson of EQT Asia since 2022.

    Other assignments
    Trustee of Salata Family Foundation. Trustee of Carnegie Hall.

    Previous assignments
    Founding Partner and CEO of Baring Private Equity Asia.

    Shareholding in the company
    115 906 128 shares

    Education
    Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Experience
    Jean Eric Salata joined EQT Partners in 2022. He was the Founding Partner and Chief Executive of Baring Private Equity Asia (“BPEA”). Jean has overseen all investment and divestment decisions made at BPEA, as well as its strategic direction, since he founded the Firm in 1997.

    Jean has previously worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company based in Hong Kong, Sydney and Boston, and has also worked as a Director of the Asian private equity investment arm of AIG. 

    Jean has lived and worked in Asia since 1989. He is a member of the EQT Executive Committee.

    • Born
      1965
    • Nationality
      Chilean
    • Employee since
      2022

  • Gustav Segerberg

    Head of Business Development

    Gustav Segerberg

    Position
    Head of Business Development since 2018

    Other assignments
    -

    Previous positions
    -

    Shareholding in the company
    16 300 class A shares and 17 904 class C shares

    Education
    M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

    Experience
    Gustav started his career at SEB in the Investment Banking team, lastly as a Vice President. At EQT, he started in the Client Relations and Capital Raising Advisory team.

    • Born
      1983
    • Nationality
      Swedish
    • Employee since
      2016

  • Ricardo Reyes

    Global Head of Communications and External Affairs

    Ricardo Reyes

    Position
    Global Head of Communications and External Affairs since April 2022.

    Other assignments
    Board Member of Moveable Feast.

    Previous assignments
    -

    Shareholding in the company

    -

    Experience
    Ricardo Reyes brings significant experience from his roles positioning Tesla, YouTube and most recently Dyson, where he was the Chief Communications Officer. In addition to his work in Silicon Valley, Reyes started his career in Washington DC, working at the White House and on policy initiatives. Born in Managua, Nicaragua, his diverse experience is instrumental to ensure that the EQT brand supports the business and addresses an ever-expanding global audience.

    • Born
      1974
    • Nationality
      American
    • Employee since
      2022

  • Suzanne Donohoe

    Chief Commercial Officer and Global Head of EQT-Ext (CXO)

    Suzanne Donohoe

    Education
    B.A. in Government magna cum laude from Georgetown University. M.B.A. from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

    Other current assignments
    Board Member of EQT Partners Inc. Vice Chair of the Board and Member of the Executive Committee as well as Chair of the Finance Committee for Georgetown University’s Board. Suzanne also serves as a Vice Chair of Georgetown’s Wall Street Alliance which creates endowed scholarships for Georgetown University students.

    Previous assignments
    Board member of Global Atlantic Financial Group, KKR Capital Markets and PAAMCO Prisma Holdings. Chairman, trustee and president of the Board of trustees of KKR Income Opportunities Fund.

    Experience
    Before joining EQT, Suzanne was a Partner at KKR & Co from 2009-2022. In that capacity, she founded and led the Global Client & Partner Group for over eleven years and then served as the firm’s Global Head of Strategic Growth. Suzanne’s experience prior to KKR included an extensive career at Goldman Sachs where she served from 1992-2009. During this period, she worked in both the Investment Banking and Investment Management Divisions and worked in both New York and in London. She became a Partner in 2000. Further, Suzanne has been involved in various philanthropic work, including serving as Board Member for the New York State chapter of the Nature Conservancy and also serving on the Board of Fertile Hope, a charity which focused on delivering fertility resources to cancer patients.

    • Born
      1970
    • Nationality
      American
    • Employee since
      2023

  • Anna Wahlström

    Chief People Officer

    Anna Wahlström

    Position
    Chief People Officer since October 2017.

    Other assignments
    Board member of Inannut AB

    Shareholding in the company
    433 335 shares

    Education
    Master of Social Science and Human Resources with a major in Sociology from Uppsala University

    Experience
    Prior to joining EQT, Anna was CEO at Propell, a recruitment agency that she founded in 2004 together with Investor and Novare. Prior to that she worked as HR consultant for Investors HR firm Novare for four years. Earlier in her career Anna worked with project management and HR at StepStone.

    • Born
      1976
    • Nationality
      Swedish
    • Employee since
      2013

Board's recommendation

The Board recommends each Executive Committee member (who do not already have such holding) to acquire, over a three-year period, EQT AB shares corresponding to at least one year’s base salary, before taxes and excluding other remuneration.


  • Nomination Committee

    Members
    • Chairperson, appointed by Investor AB
      Jacob Wallenberg
    • Appointed by Bark Partners AB
      Harry Klagsbrun
    • Appointed by Jean Eric Salata
      Shireesh Vasupalli
    • Appointed by Alecta
      Henrik Gade Jepson
    • Chairperson of the Board of EQT AB
      Conni Jonsson

    As of 22 November 2022, shareholders having appointed members to the Nomination Committee represented approximately 38 percent of the voting rights for all shares of EQT AB.

    The Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of EQT AB will be held on Tuesday, 30 May 2023.

    Shareholders who would like to submit proposals to the Nomination Committee can do so by e-mail to nomination.committee@eqtgroup.com, or by ordinary mail under the address:

    EQT AB,
    Attn: Nomination Committee,
    Box 164 09,
    103 27 Stockholm, Sweden

    by 13 March 2023, at the latest.

    The EQT Partnership Association
    The EQT Partnership Association is a non-profit association in which certain Partners are members. The EQT Partnership Association’s purpose is to act as manager of the EQT Foundation as well as to preserve the partnership feeling and EQT AB’s values within the EQT AB Group.

    In accordance with the principles for appointment of a nomination committee adopted by the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2020, the members of the nomination committee of EQT AB should be appointed by the four largest shareholders in EQT AB, or the three largest shareholders and the EQT Foundation if none of the four largest shareholders is the EQT Foundation or a member of the EQT Partnership Association. In addition, the Chairperson of EQT AB shall be a member of the nomination committee.

    The nomination committee’s proposals will be submitted in connection with the notice of the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2023.

    The nomination committee is responsible for preparing and presenting proposals for Board fees (divided between the Chairperson, members and committees), Chairperson of the Meeting, remuneration of auditors, principles for the nomination committee and election of Chairperson, Board members and auditors.

    EQT AB’s Nomination Committee for the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting 2023 has been appointed based on the ownership structure as of 31 August 2022, and taking into consideration subsequent changes of the ownership structure that impact the composition of the Nomination Committee.


  • Audit Committee

    The Company has an audit committee consisting of four members.

    Members
    • Chairperson
      Gordon Orr
    • member
      Conni Jonsson
    • member
      Johan Forssell
    • member
      Diony Lebot

    The company has an audit committee consisting of four members: Gordon Orr (Chairperson), Conni Jonsson, Johan Forssell and Diony Lebot. Without it affecting the responsibilities and duties of the board of directors the Audit Committee is tasked with, among other things, monitoring the company’s financial reporting and the efficiency of the company’s internal controls and risk management, keeping itself informed about the audit of the annual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements, monitoring the handling of related party transactions, reviewing and monitoring the impartiality and independence of the auditors and paying special attention to whether the auditors are providing other services besides audit services to the company, and assisting in preparations for the purchase of auditing services as well as preparations for the annual shareholders’ meeting’s decision on the election of auditors.

    Diony Lebot is, on behalf of the Audit Committee, overseeing the work of the Cyber and Information Steering Committee.


  • Renumeration Committee

    The Company has a remuneration committee consisting of three members.

    Members
    • Chairperson
      Margo Cook
    • member
      Conni Jonsson
    • member
      Marcus Wallenberg

    The company has a remuneration committee consisting of three members: Margo Cook (Chairperson), Conni Jonsson and Marcus Wallenberg. The Remuneration Committee is tasked with preparing proposals on remuneration principles, remunerations and other employment terms for the executive management. The Remuneration Committee is also tasked with monitoring and evaluating programmes for variable remuneration for the executive management, the application of the guidelines for remuneration to the executive management adopted by the annual shareholders’ meeting as well as the current remuneration structures and remuneration levels in the company.


  • Sustainability Committee

    The Company has a sustainability committee consisting of three members.

    Members
    • Chairperson
      Nicola Kimm
    • member
      Conni Jonsson
    • member
      Margo Cook

    The Company has a sustainability committee consisting of three members: Nicola Kimm (Chairperson), Conni Jonsson and Margo Cook. The Sustainability Committee marks the first of its kind in the private capital space dedicated to sustainability at the Board level. Through quarterly meetings, the Committee will formalize ongoing discussions between Management and the Board to challenge the firm’s sustainability strategy in the context of an ever-evolving environment.

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