Agnevall currently president of Volvo Bus Corporation within Volvo Group, will take over from Eskola at helm of Wärtsilä no later than April 2021. Eskola will continue as a senior advisor to the board and executive team until he retires on 30 June 2021.
”Håkan Agnevall, a highly appreciated leader, has a proven record of developing organisations and businesses with a strong focus on customers, technology, and people. His experience within the Volvo Group on pioneering electrification and autonomous vehicles will strengthen our activities in corresponding areas”, said Tom Johnstone, chairman of the board of Wärtsilä.
”Håkan 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.”
Commenting on his new appointment Agnevall said: “I believe that Wärtsilä can make a real difference for its stakeholders and the society through innovation, focusing on sustainability and operational performance. 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."
Johnstone added: ”On behalf of the Board I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Jaakko for his considerable contribution during his 22 years with the Group. During his leadership of Wärtsilä as president & ceo over the last five years, Wärtsilä has developed into a smart technology company for the marine and energy markets.”