EESPA re-elects Basware CEO Esa Tihilä as Chair

3 December 2015


Tihilä will chair the trade association for a large community of e-invoicing service providers for the third 2-year term

ESPOO, Finland, 3 December, 2015 – At its recent Annual General Meeting, Esa Tihilä, CEO of Basware, the leading provider of e-invoicing and purchase-to-pay solutions, was re-elected as Chair of the European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA). At the same time, Marcus Laube, Managing Director of crossinx, was elected as Co-Chair.

As a measure to strengthen the association’s operational management, Charles Bryant, formerly Co-Chair, was appointed to the new position of Secretary General of EESPA.

EESPA acts as a trade association at European level for a large community of e-invoicing service providers which are its members. EESPA encourages and drives the adoption of e-invoicing and works to support the vision and implementation of public policy towards compliant e-invoicing.

The adoption and awareness towards e-invoicing have increased significantly over the recent years, and a critical mass of e-invoicing has already been reached in several countries. This has been well supported by those e-invoicing service providers, which support an operator-driven model, ease of use of e-invoicing, performant technologies, as well as the Business to Government (B2G) e-commerce initiatives that are being increasingly encouraged and mandated across the world,” said Esa Tihilä, CEO of Basware.

Interoperability, harmonization of standards and e-invoicing ’go-to-market’ approaches continue to be the focus areas for EESPA. EESPA has made considerable progress over the past years in terms of building both membership and governance. We will need to continue to influence policy makers, industry analysts and influencers, provide an accurate picture of our industry capabilities, and increase awareness to accelerate the adoption of e-invoicing,” added Marcus Laube, Managing Director of crossinx.

EESPA was formed in 2011 as an international not-for-profit association to be a strategic asset for its members delivering industry leadership, influence and a framework of support. It acts as a trade association at a European level for a large and dynamic community of e-invoicing service providers, drawn from organisations that provide network, business outsourcing, financial, technology, and EDI (electronic data interchange) services. With its current over 60 full and associate members, EESPA focuses on public policy issues, the creation of an interoperable eco-system and championing the widespread adoption of e-invoicing for the benefit of economic efficiency and growth. Based on a recent membership survey, participating members processed around 1 billion electronic invoices in 2014.

More information:
European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA):

About Basware
Basware is the global leader in providing purchase-to-pay and e-invoicing solutions in the world of commerce. We empower companies to unlock value across their financial operations by simplifying and streamlining key financial processes. We help our customers to succeed and create added value to their business through better financial management. Our Basware Network, the largest open business network in the world, connects 1 million companies across 100 countries and enables easy collaboration between buyers and suppliers of all sizes. Through this network, leading companies around the world achieve new levels of spend control, efficiency, and closer relations with their suppliers. With Basware, businesses can introduce completely new ways of buying and selling to achieve significant cost savings and boost their cash flow.

Find out how Basware helps money move more easily and lets commerce flow at

Sirje Ahvenlampi-Hyvönen
Communications Director, Basware, tel. +358 50 557 3822 


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