According to Talouselämä, Anne Brunila owes her top ranking to the fact that she has an extremely broad reach in Finnish financial and research circles. Brunila currently serves on the board of a number of top-tier companies including the insurance group Sampo, the elevator and escalator company Kone, forest products company Stora Enso and the media company Sanoma.
Brunila has also inaugurated the position of Professor of Practice at the Swedish-speaking Hanken School of Economics. In the post she will share her considerable experience and expertise with students and other educators.
Talouselämä lists Finland’s second most influential woman executive as Fortum chair Sari Baldauf, who also serves on the boards of a number of foreign companies. Other publications such as the US business magazine Fortune and the business daily The Wall Street Journal have also ranked Baldauf as one of Europe’s most important female executives in the past.
Finland’s third most powerful woman executive is Maija-Liisa Friman, according to Talouselämä. Like her power-peers Friman has also served on a number of boards and is currently vice chairman of the board of the oil company Neste Oil.
Talouselämä’s list of powerful women in business has remained more or less unchanged over the past few years. Last year the top three places were also held by the troika of Brunila, Baldauf and Friman.