In a move which signals its growing focus on sustainability and the clean energy transition, Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors has appointed Håkan Agnevall as the company’s new President and CEO.
Agnevall will assume his new role ‘no later than in April 2021′, and will succeed Jaakko Eskola, who will continue as a senior advisor to the Board and executive team until he retires on 30 June 2021.
Agnevall is currently President of Volvo Bus Corporation within Volvo Group, a position he has held since 2013. In the decade prior to that he held various leadership positions in Bombardier and in ABB.
Tom Johnstone, Chairman of the Board of Wärtsilä, said that Agnevall has a ‘proven record of developing organisations and businesses with a strong focus on customers, technology, and people’.
Furthermore, said Johnstone, Agnevall’s experience within the Volvo Group on ‘pioneering electrification and autonomous vehicles’ will strengthen Wärtsilä’s activities in these areas, and he has ‘the skills needed to accelerate Wärtsilä’s activities in supporting and enabling our marine and energy customers on their journey towards more sustainable operations and business models’.
Agnevall also emphasised how he hopes to drive forward Wärtsilä’s role in the energy transition. ‘I believe that Wärtsilä can make a real difference for its stakeholders and the society through innovation, focusing on sustainability and operational performance,’ said Agnevall. ‘The technology trends in clean energy, automation, and connectivity offer exciting new business opportunities, and Wärtsilä is very well placed to be a leading player in the marine and energy markets of the future.’