Mr. Juha Heikinheimo (50) has today been appointed as President of Aker Yards' business area Cruise & Ferries and President of Aker Yards Oy in Finland. He will also be a part of the executive management team in Aker Yards. He will be based in Helsinki. Heikinheimo takes over from and reports to Mr. Yrjö Julin, who was earlier this week appointed President and CEO of Aker Yards ASA.
"I am pleased to take on this new position in a familiar business area" says Juha Heikinheimo. "Today's cruise ship business is not just about building vessels, but together with the customer creating possibilities for cruise experiences".
Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries' orderbook today includes contracts worth approximately 7.4 billion euro. "Juha Heikinheimo has crucially contributed to the signing of those contracts, and I believe he will successfully contribute also to the building of the vessels, supported by our experienced personnel", says Yrjö Julin.
The Deputy President for the Cruise & Ferries business area is Mr. Bo-Erik Blomqvist, who reports to Mr. Heikinheimo and is based in Saint Nazaire, France.
Juha Heikinheimo is President of Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries and President of Aker Yards Oy as from today, 13 June, 2007.
More about Mr. Heikinheimo:
Juha Heikinheimo has until now been heading as SVP, Sales and Marketing the Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries business area's joint sales and marketing department, formed on May 31, 2006 by combining the French and Finnish ones.
Mr. Heikinheimo's prior positions have been in international general management and sales tasks in companies like Componenta, Metso Automation and Santasalo Group.
He has been working six years in France and two in Singapore.
Yrjö Julin, President & CEO, Aker Yards ASA, phone +358 40 751 7940
Juha Heikinheimo, President Aker Yards, Cruise & Ferries, phone +358 40 501 5181
Tore Langballe, Senior Vice President, Communications & IR, phone +47 90 77 78 41
Aker Yards ASA (www.akeryards.com) is an international shipbuilding group focusing on sophisticated vessels. The group has a strong position both in terms of innovation, product range, technology, experience and capacity. The product range includes cruise vessels & ferries, merchant vessels, offshore & specialized vessels. Aker Yards comprises 18 yards in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Romania, Ukraine and Vietnam. Aker Yards has approximately 20,000 employees.