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Basemark Strengthens Its Team by Appointing a Senior Autonomous Drive Software Executive

Soma Muthumanickam has been appointed to the role of Director & Chief Architect of Automotive at Basemark.

Mr. Somasundharam Muthumanickam (or Soma in short) hails from leading Tier-1 companies and brings a wealth of automotive industry expertise to the company. 

Helsinki, Finland | September 6th, 2022 

Soma Muthumanickam, the former Lead Software Architect for Automated Driving and ADAS at ZF Group, has been appointed to the role of Director & Chief Architect of Automotive at Basemark. 

Soma has over 10 years of experience developing Automated Driving functions at European Tier-1 suppliers, such as ZF, Bosch and Autoliv (acquired by Qualcomm). In his most recent role as lead software architect at ZF Group, he was the global software architecture lead for all level 2 & 3 AD functions and led a large cross-functional team to design a state-of-the-art ADAS platform. 

In his new role as Director & Chief Architect of Automotive at Basemark, Soma will lead the development of Rocksolid Core – OS, middleware, and tools for software-defined vehicles. He will be based in the Basemark Munich office, close to key customers and partners of Basemark. 

“As the auto industry transitions into software-defined vehicles, there is a massive need for complexity reduction and hardware agnostic software development. I’m happy to help Basemark in its bold vision to radically simplify the automotive software stack and enable true hardware-agnostic software development”, said Soma Muthumanickam, Director & Chief Architect of Automotive at Basemark.  

“We warmly welcome Soma to the Basemark team. As we are already engaged with several OEMs, this is the right time for us to add a person of his caliber to our product development team. I am sure that his appointment will be well received by our customers and partners”, said Tero Sarkkinen, Founder and CEO of Basemark. 

For additional information 

Sami Niska
COO, Basemark

About Basemark 

Basemark Oy is a software enterprise offering development tools for the automotive industry. The company was founded in Helsinki in 2015 and has operations in Finland, Germany and the US. Basemark is the developer of Rocksolid Core – the world’s first automotive end-to-end operating system and platform covering all vehicle functions for software-defined vehicles. Basemark also develops system performance evaluation tools such as Basemark Automotive Testing Suite and GPUScore. For more information, please visit   

Basemark and Rocksolid are trademarks or registered trademarks of Basemark Oy. All other mentioned brands may be the property of their respective owners. 

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