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2024-03-01 10:21 CET | Catella Group | Press release, Regulatory

The nomination committee proposes new chairman of the Catella AB board of directors

The nomination committee has resolved to propose that Sofia Watt be elected chairman of the Catella AB board of directors at the annual general meeting on 22 May 2024. In addition, Pernilla Claesson is proposed as new board member. The background is that current chairman of the board, Johan Claesson, informed the nomination committee not being available for re-election.

“After many years as chairman of the board, and for a period board member and CEO of Catella AB, the time has come to make room for a new generation. I have great confidence in the group management and the proposed board. I will of course continue to follow Catellas’ development with great interest in my capacity as shareholder”, said Johan Claesson, current chairman of the board.

“The nomination committee would like to convey our gratitude to Johan Claesson for his essential contribution during his 15 years at Catella. Johan has played a very important part in the company that Catella has become. The nomination committee is very pleased being able to propose Sofia Watt as new chairman of the board and Pernilla Claesson as new board member. We are convinced that Sofia Watt’s extensive experience within pan-European property investments and funds will contribute to a chairmanship managing Catella’s legacy as well as contributing to continued growth”, said Eje Wictorson, chairman of the nomination committee.

Johan Claesson has been chairman of the board of Catella AB since 2008 and will continue to be the majority shareholder in the company through the Claesson & Anderzén group. Sofia Watt was elected as new board member of Catella AB at the 2023 annual general meeting. Sofia Watt has extensive experience in the international private equity and real estate market in roles such as Head of Asset Management, Managing Director, at Deutsche Finance International, Head of Asset Management Real Estate and Managing Director at EQT and before that i.e. positions as Executive Director at Pramerica Real Estate Investors Ltd (PGIM) and Senior Asset Manager at Cambridge Place Investment Management.

As a part of the Catella board succession planning, Pernilla Claesson is also proposed as new board member. Pernilla Claesson has long been active within the Claesson & Anderzén group in roles such as investment manager and regional manager.

If the general meeting resolves in accordance with the nomination committee’s proposals, the nomination committee´s ambition for a balanced board, as evident from the diversity policy for the composition of the board, will be fulfilled. The nomination committee continues to prepare its proposals for the annual general meeting 2024 and will publish its complete proposals no later than in connection with the notice to convene the annual general meeting.

The nomination committee comprises Eje Wictorson (chairman), appointed by Claesson & Anderzén, Erik Eikeland, appointed by Alcur Fonder and Henrik Abrahamsson, appointed by Symmetry Invest.

For more information, please contact:
Eje Wictorson
Chairman of the nomination committee
+46 (0) 480 574 55

This information is information that Catella must disclose in accordance with EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, on 1 March 2024 at 10.21 CET.