Corporate Governance

Management Team

The CEO is responsible for the management, guidance and supervision of Aiforia’s business operations. In addition, the CEO is responsible for the day-to-day executive management of Aiforia in accordance with the instructions and orders given by the Board of Directors. In addition, the CEO shall ensure that Aiforia’s accounting practices comply with the Finnish legislation and that its financials have been arranged in a reliable manner. The duties of the CEO are governed primarily by the Limited Liability Companies Act. The CEO shall provide the Board of Directors and its members with the information necessary for the performance of the duties of the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors appoints and dismisses the CEO. The Board of Directors decides on the terms and conditions of the CEO’s employment, and they are defined in a written service agreement. In addition, the Board of Directors decides on the remuneration of the members of the Management Team.

The duty of Aiforia’s Management Team is to support the CEO in the planning of the operations and operational management. In addition, the Management Team prepares possible investments, business acquisitions and development projects. Aiforia’s Management Team convenes regularly.

Members of the Management Team

Jukka Tapaninen, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Management Team since 2020

b. 1963
Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Business Administration
Company shares: 605,175
Company options: 313,830 pc, which entitle to subscribed 991,500 shares of the company. 

Relevant work experience
  • Vice President at Pegasystems Inc, since 2016
  • Vice President at SAP, since 2004

Current positions of trust
  • Member of the Board of Directors of QPR Oyj, since 2021
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Meshworks Wireless Oy, since 2011
  • Member of the Board of Directors of WeVision Oy, since 2014

Previous positions of trust
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Addoro Ab
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Aiforia

Kaisa Helminen, Chief Operating Officer since 2020, member of the Management Team since 2014

b. 1975
Finnish citizen
Master of Science (Biochemistry)
Company shares: 145,700
Company options: 131,316 pc, which entitle to subscribed 465,300 shares of the company.

Relevant work experience
  • CEO of Aiforia, since 2014
  • Product Manager at Sartorius Biohit Liquid Handling, since 2012
  • Product Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific, since 2010
  • Product Manager at Finnzymes, since 2001

Kari Pitkänen, Director of Business Development and member of the Management Team since 2013

b. 1960
Finnish citizen
Master of Science degree in Technology
Independent of significant shareholders but not independent of the company
Company shares: 1,261,000
Company options: 0

Relevant work experience
  • Director of Business Development at Aiforia, since 2013

Current positions of trust
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Scellex Oy, since 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Genna Health Oy, since 2020

Previous positions of trust
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Aiforia

Tuomas Ropponen , Chief Technology Officer and member of the Management Team since 2017

b. 1978
Finnish Citizen
Master of Science degree in Technology
Company shares: 5,000
Company options: 52,900 pc, which entitle to subscribed 195,000 shares of the company.

Relevant work experience
  • Platform Owner at Aiforia, since 2016
  • Platform Owner at Outotec, since 2013
  • Software Project Manager at Outotec, since 2012
  • Team Leader software development at Sartorius Biohit Liquid Handling, since 2012
  • Software Engineer at Sartorius Biohit Liquid Handling, since 2010
  • Automation Manager at Oy Delt-Enterprise Ltd, since 2002

Veli-Matti Parkkonen, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Team since 2021

b. 1963
Finnish citizen
Master’s degree in Business Administration
Company shares: 15,000
Company options: 52,000 pc, which entitle to subscribed 150,000 shares of the company

Relevant work experience
  • Director at Prudentus Capital Oy, since 2017
  • Investment Manager and Partner at Finesco Capital Oy, since 2016
  • Partner and Owner at Alesco Investment Partners Oy, since 2014
  • Director of Pareto Securities Oy/E Öhman J:or Securities Finland Oy, since 2007

Current positions of trust
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of 3-Stiernet Oy, since 2009
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Suonenjoen Kone ja Rauta Oy, since 2018

Previous positions of trust
  • Member of the Board of Directors of BCB Medical Oy
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Finesco Capital Oy
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Yeford Oy