Two new members, Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt and Hannu Syrjänen, were appointed to the John Nurminen Foundation’s Board of Directors in the Board’s Annual Meeting of 26 January 2012.
Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt (born 1969) has held the position of Director of the Academic Bookstore since 2010. Prior to this, she was a publishing director at Tammi Publishers (2002-2009) and at German media groups (1998-2002).
Hannu Syrjänen (born 1951) was the president and CEO of Sanoma Group in 2001-2010; prior to this, he held various positions, including that of president and CEO, at Rautakirja Oy during 1989-2001. He is a member of the Board of Directors of, for example, Orion Corporation and VR-Group Ltd.
Chancellor Emeritus Kari Raivio, who has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2004, withdrew from this duty in December 2011. Juha Nurminen thanks Kari Raivio for his valuable and active input to Board operations, his versatile expertise, and the perspectives he provided to the development of the Foundation’s operational branches of marine culture and marine environment.
Sari Baldauf, Peter Fagernäs, Juhani Kaskeala, Jouko Lönnqvist (Vice Chairman), Juha Nurminen (Chairman), Sirpa Ojala and Veli Sundbäck continue as members of the Board of Directors.
Read Kari Raivio’s farewell blog ‘The Dimensions of Saving Our Planet’ (12 January 2012).
The John Nurminen Foundation, established in 1992, seeks to preserve the cultural traditions of Finnish seafaring and marine history. The Foundation has two operational branches, namely maritime history and the marine environment. The Foundation’s cultural operations focus on the history of seafaring, expeditions and cartography. The Foundation’s collections of naval art, maritime antiquities and ancient maps form the basis for these activities. The Foundation publishes non-fiction on maritime history, organises exhibitions, and loans items from its collection to other exhibitions. The Foundation’s Clean Baltic Sea projects focus on two areas of operation: projects combating the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea, and the project for improving tanker safety.