Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors has appointed Mr Jaakko Eskola
(57) MSc (Eng.), as the new President and CEO of Wärtsilä Corporation. He will assume the position on 1 November 2015, succeeding Mr Björn Rosengren, who will become the CEO of Sandvik, a global engineering group based in Sweden.
Currently Mr Eskola is President of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, Senior Executive Vice President and Deputy to the CEO. Mr Eskola joined Wärtsilä in 1998 with a background in international project and corporate finance. He has since worked as Managing Director of Wärtsilä Development and Financial Services, Vice President for Sales and Marketing in the Power Plants business and since 2006 as the head of the Marine Solutions business. He is currently based in Shanghai, China.
“I wish to thank Björn Rosengren for steering Wärtsilä towards profitable growth in challenging markets during the past four years. Today the Wärtsilä brand is well positioned and our broad offering gives us competitive edge going forward,” says Mikael Lilius, Chairman of Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors.
“Jaakko Eskola has an outstanding track record from his 17-year long career in Wärtsilä. The Board is confident that his global experience, deep understanding of the market dynamics, open management style and commitment to the Wärtsilä culture will lead us to continued success.”
“With focus on energy efficiency and innovation Wärtsilä is extremely well positioned in its markets. I am thrilled and honoured to lead the company as it shapes the industry with advanced technology and lifecycle solutions. As a global team we will enhance our customers’ business and benefit the environment,” Jaakko Eskola comments his appointment.
Wärtsilä has started a process to appoint a successor for Mr Eskola to head the Marine Solutions business.
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Board of Directors
For further information, please contact:
Mr Mikael Lilius
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Tel +358 10 7095599
Mr Atte Palomäki
Executive Vice President, Communications & Branding
Tel +358 10 7095599
Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2014, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 17,700 employees. The company has operations in more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki, Finland.