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What CEOs learn from board roles: An interview with Johanna Lamminen, CEO of Gasum and NED of Sampo and Cargotec

3/9/2021 Tuomo Salonen

For our video series, “What CEOs learn from board roles,” Heidrick & Struggles’ Tuomo Salonen speaks with Johanna Lamminen, the CEO of Nordic energy company Gasum and non-executive director of Finnish financial services provider Sampo and global cargo handling company Cargotec, to discuss the benefits and challenges of having a non-executive director role in a different industry than her executive role. Lamminen also talks about how her non-executive director roles have benefitted her role as CEO, what surprised her about her board roles, the impact of COVID-19 on her leadership priorities, and the differences in how diversity and inclusion are addressed at the CEO level and the board level.

Tuomo Salonen ( is the managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles' Helsinki office and a member of the CEO & Board, Industrial, and Global Technology and Services practices.