10/2022  |  News

ARCO prepares for its next stages of growth, with Marko Somerma appointed as new CEO

Marko Somerma has been appointed as the new CEO of ARCO Architecture Company Oy as of 31 October 2022. The current CEO, Sami Horto, will stay in the executive group and focus on project development, sales, and marketing.

Mr Somerma has previously worked as the CEO of Siili Solutions and Ruukki Construction, as well as in management consulting at PwC and BCG. “I look forward to joining ARCO in accelerating their success story and building the operating model and culture of the new company together with the team,” says Marko Somerma.

“Marko has extensive international experience in business management, strategy consulting, business acquisitions and integrations, which is a great fit for ARCO’s current development phase. The appointment of the CEO has been planned in close co-operation with the executive management, and I would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank Sami Horto for leading the first phase of ARCO,” says Jani Nieminen, Chairman of the Board.

“When ARCO was formed about a year ago, it was considered important to appoint a CEO from inside the company, one who would know the companies and the people. We successfully brought three companies together to create Finland’s largest architectural firm. During the past year, two new architectural firms have been aquired, Schauman Arkkitehdit from Turku and Avario Arkkitehdit from Oulu and the goal is further growth, both in Finland and in the Nordic countries. In the future, different kinds of expertise will be required in leading the company. My own passion and strength has always been in customer co-operation and project planning, so it is only natural to step aside from the role of CEO and get back to the operational front line. I warmly welcome our new CEO to our great company, to build our shared story,” says Sami Horto.

ARCO Architecture Company was born in 2021 with the merger of Aihio Arkkitehdit, Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto, and Cederqvist & Jäntti Arkkitehdit. During its first year of operation, ARCO Architecture Company Oy, a pioneer in Finnish architecture, has progressed in line with its strategy and expanded its operations in Finland to new cities. The company currently operates in Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. For more information:

For more information:

Sami Horto, Architecture Director, ARCO Architecture Company, +358 40 544 4234, sami.horto@arco.fi

Jani Nieminen, Chairman of the Board, ARCO Architecture Company, +358 50 373 4847