Working together for unique solutions
Over the years Marcel Labordus, Product Management Manager in Wärtsilä’s propulsion team, has worked in various positions in the marine industry. His career started as an engineer in a major Dutch shipyard, where he first came across Wärtsilä engines and propellers. After five years, Marcel took his experience and product understanding gained at the shipyard into a more commercial role in sales support as he joined John Crane-Lips company to further expand his learnings. Eventually, Marcel got to work with Wärtsilä’s power systems again as John Crane-Lips was acquired by Wärtsilä in 2002. Since then, Marcel has become familiar to his Wärtsilä colleagues thanks to all the propulsion related solution launches he has been driving.
The global atmosphere in Wärtsilä is motivating to Marcel: “As a global company, the whole world is our playground. It is amazing to meet and work with people from different cultures and backgrounds”. Cultural differences require sometimes some extra attention but working in a multicultural environment on a daily basis really helps to develop a wider understanding. “Like many Dutch people, I can be sometimes really direct with my communication. But I aim to use this skill only in situations where it has a positive impact,” Marcel says.
According to Marcel, Wärtsilä’s global company culture has made a significant impact on his team. “After John Crane-Lips became part of Wärtsilä, the earlier locally managed Lips team became truly global. Through all the reorganisations and mixing of people, nationalities and cultures, we have now a much better understanding of our total product portfolio and shared knowledge on all the solutions. In addition, people have learned that only by working seamlessly together we are able to bring something unique to the market.”
Like many others, Marcel has seen the energy markets changing over the years, and it's clear that Wärtsilä needs to adapt to these changes in the world. Furthermore, digital development in relation to efficiency and operations is becoming important. “We need to be the front-runner in digitalisation and transformation to remain a key player in the maritime market in the future. In the short term, we need more focus on digital development in relation to agreement sales,” he adds.
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is extremely important for Marcel as it helps him perform his job better, and also be totally present when being with his family and friends back home. To clear his head, Marcel walks – and it’s not just to the next street.
“I enjoy long-distance walking during the weekends. 30-40 km on a Sunday is more common than an exception for me. The last months I have been training for two events: the first was the International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen that took place in July, where we walked 160 km in four days. The second is a Kennedy march in the area around Drunen, The Netherlands, where we will walk 80 km in 20 hours. That stamina will come handy at work too!”