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Decisions of the Sampo plc Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Sampo plc, held today, decided to distribute a dividend of EUR 1.00 per share for 2009. The record date for dividend payment is 16 April 2010. The dividend will be paid on 23 April 2010. The Annual General Meeting adopted the financial accounts for 2009 and discharged the Board of Directors and the Group CEO and President from liability for the financial year.

The following members were re-elected to the Board of Directors: Tom Berglund, Anne Brunila, Veli-Matti Mattila, Eira Palin-Lehtinen, Jukka Pekkarinen, Christoffer Taxell, Matti Vuoria and Björn Wahlroos.

At its organisational meeting, the Board elected Björn Wahlroos as Chairman and Matti Vuoria as Vice Chairman. The following members were elected to the Nomination and Compensation Committee: Veli-Matti Mattila, Eira Palin-Lehtinen, Christoffer Taxell, Matti Vuoria, and Björn Wahlroos. Tom Berglund, Jukka Pekkarinen and Christoffer Taxell were elected to the Audit Committee.

The Board of Directors has assessed the independence of its members and concluded that Berglund, Mattila, Palin-Lehtinen, Pekkarinen and Taxell are non-executive members independent of the company and its major shareholders. Based on the Board's assessment, Wahlroos, Vuoria and Brunila are independent of the Company's major shareholders but not independent of the company.

The Annual General Meeting decided to pay the following fees to the members of the Board of Directors until the close of the 2011 Annual General Meeting: the Chairman of the Board will be paid EUR 160,000 per year, the Vice Chairman EUR 100,000 per year and the other members EUR 80,000 per year. After deduction of taxes and similar payments, approximately 50 per cent of the Board members' annual compensation will be paid in Sampo A shares and the rest in cash.

Ernst & Young Oy was elected as Auditor. The Auditor will be paid a fee determined by a reasonable invoice.

The Annual General Meeting authorised the Board to acquire in one or several lots a maximum of 50,000,000 Sampo A shares. Shares can be repurchased in other proportion than the shareholders' proportional shareholdings (private repurchase). The share price will be no higher than the highest price paid for Sampo shares in public trading at the time of purchase. The authorisation will be valid until the close of the next Annual General Meeting, nevertheless not more than 18 months after AGM's decision.

The Annual General Meeting resolved to amend section 12 of the Articles of Association as a result of the amendments to section 19 of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act that entered into force on 3 August 2009 and 31 December 2009.

The proposals of the Board of Directors and its Nomination and Compensation Committee and Audit Committee approved by the Annual General Meeting were published in stock exchange releases on 11 February 2010. The Board proposals are available in their entirety at www.sampo.com/agm .

SAMPO PLC

Jarmo Salonen
Head of Investor Relations and Group Communications

For additional information, please contact:

Jarmo Salonen
Head of Investor Relations and Group Communications
Tel. +358 10 516 0030

Maria Silander
Press Officer
Tel. +358 10 516 0031

 

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