Basware Names Barrett Schiwitz as CIO, Anssi Ruokonen as Director of AI Research and Enablement

Anssi Ruokonen,  Basware Director of AI Research and Enablement
Anssi Ruokonen, Basware Director of AI Research and Enablement

(US and Canada) AP automation and invoice processing provider Basware has announced the appointments of Anssi Ruokonen as its Director of AI Research and Enablement, and Barrett Schiwitz as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO). 

Ruokonen will lead Basware's AI development, shaping the company's strategy, research, and approach to AI, implementing AI technology to optimize Basware's product offering and enhance operations across the business. He joins from AI firm Fluentic where he served as Chief Product Officer. He will be based in Helsinki, Finland, and be part of Basware's Products, Cloud Engineering & Operations (PCE&O) function.

"Basware's commitment to leveraging AI in transforming business operations is exciting and I'm fascinated by AI's potential in revolutionizing industries. Its position enables us to leverage AI in every aspect of our business, directly translating to increased customer value," says Ruokonen.

As CIO, Schiwitz will oversee Basware's digital transformation projects including the technological advancement and management of Basware's internal digital transformation to allow staff to better serve customers. The project will revamp Basware's systems and data across all functions, starting with customer-facing areas. This initiative will be supported by major investments in new systems and education to empower staff to deliver more value to customers.

With more than 30 years of experience in the technology sector, Schiwitz will strengthen Basware's technology team as part of the company's overall digital strategy. Prior to Basware, he served as SVP of Integration and Business Transformation at tech firm Snap One.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Schiwitz will be a part of the executive team and report to CEO Jason Kurtz. 

"I'm excited to be a part of the team and leverage my experience to make an impact by leading the digital transformation strategy across the business to make technology work better for employees and customers," Schiwitz says.

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