CEO, executive teamand board

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Board of Directors

  • Hannu Vaajoensuu Chairman of the Board since 2005

    Born in 1961, Vaajoensuu holds an MSc in Economics and has served on the board of Basware since 1990.

    Key working experience

    • CEO, Basware Corporation, 1994-2004
    • Executive director, Basware Corporation, 1991-1999
    • Consulting positions, Basware Corporation, 1987-1991

    Positions of trust

    • Board member, Biocomputing Platforms Oy
    • Board member, Comptel Oyj
    • Chairman of the Board, Dovre Group Oyj
    • Board member, Fenno Kvantum Oy
    • Chairman of the Board, Havacment Oy
    • Board member, Movenium
    • Board member, Profit Software Oy
    • Chairman of the Board, Solita Group Oy
    • Board member, Tradehit Group Oy
    • Board member, XMLdation Oy
  • Ilkka Sihvo Vice chairman of the Board since 2012

    Born in 1962, Sihvo has an MSc in Economics and an MSc in Technology (Engineering).

    Key working experience

    • Vice chairman of the Board, Basware Corporation, 2012-
    • CEO, Basware Corporation, 2005-11
    • Chairman of the Board and chief financial officer, Basware Corporation, 2000-2004
    • Management tasks, Basware Corporation, 1989-1999
     
  • Pentti Heikkinen Board member since 2009

    Heikkinen was born in 1960 and studied the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2001. He has an MSc in Economics.

    Key working experience

    • Founder and CEO, Gateway Technolabs Finland Oy, 2008-
    • President and CEO, TietoEnator Oyj, 2006–2007
    • Chief operating officer, TietoEnator Oyj, 2004–2005
    • President, Telecom and Media division, TietoEnator Oyj, 2001-2003
    • President, Services division, TietoEnator Oyj, 1999–2000
    • President, Public Administration division, TietoEnator Oyj, 1996–1998
    • Managing director, VTKK Government Systems Ltd, 1994-1995
    • Director, CapGemini Finland, 1991-1993
    • Director, VTKK Group, 1987-1990
    • Management consultant, VTKK Group, 1985-1986

    Positions of trust

    • Board member, Hammerkit Oy
    • Board member, Technotree Oyj
    • Advisory board member, Nordea Bank Finland Oyj
  • Tuija Soanjärvi Board member since 2013

    Soanjärvi was born in 1955 and has an MSc in Economics.

    Key working experience

    • Senior vice president and chief financial officer, Itella Corporation, 2005-2011
    • Executive vice president and chief financial officer, Elisa Corporation, 2003-2005
    • Senior vice president and chief financial officer, TietoEnator Oyj, 1990-2003
    • Finance manager, Tietotehdas Corporation, 1987-1990
    • Internal auditor, Tietotehdas Corporation, 1986-1987

    Positions of trust

    • Board member, Silta Oy, 2012-
    • Board member and audit committee member, Tecnotree Corporation, 2012-
    • Board member and audit committee member, VR-Group Ltd, 2012-
    • Board member and audit committee chairperson, Affecto Plc, 2011-
    • Board member and audit committee member, Metsähallitus, 2011-
    • Board member, National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, 2010-
    • Member, The Auditing Board of the Central Chamber of Commerce, 2010-
  • Anssi Vanjoki Board member since 2012

    Vanjoki was born in 1956 and has an MSc in Economics.

    Key working experience

    • Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nokia, until 03/2011
    • Executive board member, Nokia Group, 1998-2011

    Positions of trust

    • Chairman of the Board, Amer Sports Corporation
    • Chairman of the Board, Vertu Holdings Ltd
    • Board member, Koskisen Oy
    • Angel investor, chairman and board member of several technology start-up companies

Basware Executive Team

  • Esa Tihilä CEO

    Born in 1964, Basware CEO Tihilä has worked for the company since 2004. He has been on the Executive Team since 2005. Tihilä has an Executive MBA.

    Key working experience

    • CEO, Basware Corporation 2011-
    • Senior Vice President, Basware  Automation Services 2009-2011
    • Senior Vice President, Basware Europe & Asia-Pacific 2009-2010
    • General Manager, Basware Europe & Americas 2006-2008
    • Senior Vice President, Basware Global Operations 2004-2005
    • CEO, Meridea Financial Software 2001–2004
    • Group Executive Director, iCL PLC 2001
    • Global Director,  iCL PLC e-Business 1999–2001
    • Director, iCL Data Oy e-Business 1997–1998
    • Business Development Director, iCL Data Oy 1995–1996

    Positions of trust

    • Chairman of the board, European E-invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA) 2011-
    • Board member Futurice 2011-
    • Board member, The Finnish Orienteering Federation 2008-
  • Kari Aarvala Senior vice-president, Global Sales

    Aarvala joined Basware in 2013, and took his place on the Executive Team in the same year. He was born in 1965 and has an MSc in Economics.

    Key working experience

    • CEO, SAP Central and Eastern Europe, 2012-2013
    • Director, Ecosystem and Partner Group, SAP Nordic, 2006-2012
    • Marketing director, SAP Nordic, 2005-2006
    • SME sales director, SAP Nordic, 2002-2005
    • Vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Nixu, 2000-2002
    • Marketing director, Tekla, 1998-2000
     
  • Mika Harjuaho Chief financial officer

    Born in 1966, Harjuaho holds an MSc in Economics. He joined the company - and the Executive Team - in 2007.

    Key working experience

    • Financial Director, Suunto Oy, subsidiary of Amer Sports, 2001-2007
    • Controller, Ericsson Mobile Phones in Finland and in Sweden, 1997-2001
    • Controller and Internal Auditor, Unilever Finland and Unilever Nederland, 1994-1997
       
     
  • Mari Heusala Senior vice-president, HR and Development

    Heusala joined the company in 2009 and the Executive Team in 2011. She has an MSc in Economics.

    Key working experience

    • HR director, Europe sales, Nokia, 2009
    • HR director, Distribution West Sales, Nokia, 2008-2009
    • HR director, Multimedia Global Sales a Marketing, Nokia, 2003-2007
    • Global HR director, Compensation and Benefits, Nokia Mobile Phones, 2003
    • Global HR manager, Delivery Operations, Eagle Program, Nokia Networks, 2002-2003
    • International transfer manager, International Transfers, Nokia Oyj, 1997-2002
     
  • Steve Muddiman Chief marketing officer

    Muddiman, who has been with Basware since 2008, was born in 1961 and has a degree in Communications. He has been a member of the Executive Team since 2008.

    Key working experience

    • Director, field and corporate marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, VMware Inc, 2006-2008
    • Vice-president, marketing and strategy, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ariba Inc, 2001-2005
    • Various general management and marketing management positions, Hewlett-Packard Inc, 1989-2000
     
  • Ilari Nurmi Senior vice-president, Products and Services

    Born in 1975, Nurmi is the youngest member of the Executive Team. He joined Basware and the Basware Executive Team in 2013. He holds an MSc in Engineering.

    Key working experience

    • Vice-president, Product Marketing, Nokia, 2011-2012
    • Vice-president, Nokia Eseries Marketing, Nokia, 2009-2011
    • Vice-president, Nokia Eseries Go To Market, Nokia, 2008-2009
    • Director, Product Management, Software Platforms, Nokia, 2007
    • Director, Product Management, S60 Platform, Nokia, 2005-2006
    • Director, Mobile Applications and Services, Nokia, 2001-2005
    • Business development manager, Nokia, 2000-2001
    • Business analyst, Nokia, 1998-2000

    Positions of trust

    • Board member, Innofactor Oyj, 2013-
  • Riku Roos Senior vice-president, Network Services

    Roos was born in 1960 and holds an MSc in Technology. He has been with Basware since 2007, and joined the Executive Team in 2012.

    Key working experience

    • Basware: SVP, Automation Services 2012-2013, VP EPP Automation Services 2009-2011; VP & Country Manager 2007-2009
    • Meridea Financial Software: EVP 2000-2007
    • Nokia Corporation: Global Head of Services Hosting 1999-2000
    • Cap Gemini Oy: Director 1999
    • Deutsche Bank: Global Relationship Manager for Private Banking 1998-1999, Regional Head of IT Infrastructure 1997–1998
    • Microsoft: Various managerial positions 1993–1997
     
  • Matti Rusi Senior vice-president, Solution Services

    MBA graduate Rusi has worked for Basware since 2010, the same year he joined the Executive Team. He was born in 1965.

    Key working experience

    • Chief operating officer, Profit Software Oy, 2008-2009
    • Chief executive officer, Valimo Wireless Oy, 2008
    • Senior vice-president, Basware, 2005
    • President and country manager, Basware, 2003-2004
    • Senior vice-president, e-Flow Business Unit, Basware, 2000-2002
    • Area manager, Benelux, Basware, 1999-2000
    • Project manager, Basware, 1997-1999