Juha Heikinheimo has today resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland.
Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010.
Compared with its high shipbuilding capacity for cruise ships, STX Finland and the Turku shipyard have not been successful in getting new orders. The main task for the new President will therefore be to secure new orders and gradually restore the activity level of STX Finland. Mr Kim will be supported by a committed and experienced management team in these efforts. In the last few months STX Finland has seen significant improvements to its productivity and cost structure. These efforts will be accelerated and further strengthened to improve the competitiveness of STX Finland.
The new President of STX Finland says: "My objective is that STX Finland shall again be in a position to build and deliver the world's most magnificent cruise vessels - and exceed the clients' expectations when it comes to quality, innovation, reliability and deliverability."
Su-Jou Kim (b.1956) has gained significant experience from STX Finland and STX Europe during the last few years. He currently also holds the position as CEO of STX Europe AS (parent company of STX Finland) and Chairman of STX Finland Oy. Mr Kim has held various management positions within the STX Business Group, including in shipbuilding and international business development. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University.
Tanja Sabell, Communication Manager, STX Finland Oy, tel. +358 41 448 8740
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STX Finland Oy has three shipyards in Finland, Turku shipyard, Rauma shipyard and Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy, of which STX Finland Oy owns 50%. STX Finland's subsidiaries include Aker Arctic Technology Oy and STX Cabins Oy, among others. The company belongs to the STX Europe Group, an international shipbuilding group with a product range including passenger ships, ferries, offshore services vessels and specialized vessels. STX Europe has approximately 15,000 employees. www.stxeurope.com
STX Europe's principal shareholder, the Korean based international industrial group STX Business Group, has approximately 54,000 employees and aims to be a global top player in its core areas; shipping and trade, shipbuilding and machineries, plant and construction, and energy.
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