Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is in charge of the company’s management and of organising the operations as appropriate. The Board validates the principles concerning the company’s strategy, organisation, accounting and financial control and appoints the company’s CEO. The Board has confirmed the written agenda for its work, which determines the matters that should be handled by the board. The CEO is responsible for executing the company’s strategy and managing current matters in accordance with the instructions and regulations issued by the Board.

According to the company’s articles of association, the Board of Directors has at least three actual members, with seven being the maximum. The annual general meeting will make the decision concerning the board members and their number. The Board will elect a chair from among its members during its term of office. The term of office of the board members will end at the end of the annual general meeting that comes first after the election.

In addition, the Board of Directors has established a Nomination Committee and a Remuneration Committee to assist the Board of Directors in the preparation and management of its duties and responsibilities. The Nomination Committee consists of the members of the largest shareholders and the Board of Directors. The members of both committees are elected annually.

Timur Kärki

Chairman of the Board of Directors; Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees, M.Sc. (Tech.), born 1971

The Chairman of Gofore’s Board of Directors since 11 December, 2019. Timur is one of Gofore’s founders and was the company’s CEO 2010-2019. Before, he was Projects Director at Gofore in 2002–2010. Previously, Timur has worked as the Chief Technology Officer at Wireless Artificial Intelligence Services (2001–2002), Production Manager and Senior Software Specialist at Tietovalta / TJ Group (1999–2001) and as specialist at Sonera (1997–1999). Timur has been a board member of Ilves Hockey since 2017.


Kristiina Michelsson

Board Member; Chairman of the Audit Committee; Executive MBA, ABM, born 1973

Kristiina Michelsson works as a Director at OP Insurance Ltd. Michelsson has previously served as Managing Director of Finla Occupational Health and Tampereen Työterveys ry (2014-2017), as Business Area Director (2009-2013) and as Accounting Manager and Controller (2005-2008) for the City of Tampere, and as Auditor in KPMG Oy Ab (1999-2004).

Michelsson is an experienced Board professional and is a Board member for Ains Group, Tampere Hall and the Tampere Chamber of Commerce. Previous positions of trust include Chairman of the Board for Suomen Työterveys ry, member of the Board of Directors for Tampereen Sähkölaitos ja Tampereen Sähköverkko Oy, and member of the Board of Directors for Grönlund Palvelut Oy. Michelsson is a Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA and ABM.


Stefan Baggström

Board member, Master of Science (Technology), born 1973

Gofore’s board member since 2019 and works as a Solutions Architect and a Business Manager, and he is responsible for the Health and Wellbeing customer sector at Gofore. Baggström has a previous board experience with Movendos Oy. Previously, Baggström has worked in various roles in software development projects at GE Healthcare Finland Oy, Movendos Oy, and Nokia.

Sami Somero

Board Member, Master of Arts, born in 1975

Gofore’s board member since 2014. Private investor and board member in several growth companies. CEO of Nurmiranta Holdings Ltd since 2002 and CEO of Central Office Finland Ltd since 2011. Previous positions: Business Director at Cybercom Finland Ltd. (2008–2010), business management roles at Almare and Plenware Groups (1999–2008), development assignments of online services at Infosto Group Ltd and the University of Tampere’s Hypermedia Laboratory (1997–1998).

Positions of trust: Chair of Nurmiranta Holdings Ltd’s Board of Directors since 2002 and the Chair of Tamturbo Ltd’s Board of Directors since 2011. Additionally, a board member at VividWorks Ltd, Anders Innovations Ltd, Central Office Finland Ltd, Taipuva Consulting Ltd since 2011, at 7bros Ltd since 2014, at Ltd since 2015 and at Shoop Commerce Ltd since 2016.

Previous positions of trust: board member of Leadin Ltd’s Board of Directors (2015–2017) and several company boards of the Almare and Plenware Groups (1999–2008).


Mika Varjus

Board member, Master of Science (Technology), born 1976

Mika is one of Gofore’s founders. He works as a chief architect and consultant and he has been building several new technology and business areas on behalf of Gofore, such as the Enterprise Architecture business. Mika previously worked in Key Partners Oy, TJ Group Oyj and Tietovalta Oy.