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Wärtsilä China to start new year with new president

Wärtsilä China to start new year with new president

Shanghai: John Zhu will take over as president of Wärtsilä China as of January 1, 2009 from current president Clas-Eirik Strand who is to retire in February when he reaches his retirement age.

Zhu (pictured) has significant experience in leading and developing industrial business operations, his most recent appointment having been as country manager for Eaton Truck & Bus Components in Shanghai, China, a position he has held since 2005. He has also held other managerial positions in the automotive industry and in the consultancy business, both in China and in the USA.

Wartsila China currently has approximately 1600 individuals employed in its subsidiary and joint venture companies, located in Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong, Panyu, Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Qingdao.  During recent years, it has begun the production of propulsion and engines at its subsidiary and joint venture companies' plants. Last year, Wärtsilä opened a large new reconditioning workshop in Shanghai.  [28/10/08]