Steerprop, a Finnish designer and manufacturer of azimuth propulsors, has named Riku-Pekka Hägg as the new chief executive officer (CEO).
As former vice president of Ship Design at Wärtsilä, Hägg brings decades of maritime technology know-how, digital and strategic experience to Steerprop. This appointment will help strengthen the company’s strategic ambitions to take advantage of the upcoming changes in the marine industry, the company said.
“Steerprop shares my passions and values to ensure efficient and sustainable shipping in the future. Together with Steerprop’s skilled personnel, we have the possibility to make great things to happen for the company, the industry and the environment,” Hägg said in a news release.
Hägg is a well-known maritime technology strategist and thought leader internationally. He has been a strong advocate for safe, efficient and sustainable shipping in his role at Wärtsilä as well as in his role as chairman of the Management Board at the ONE SEA alliance, an organization that is leading the way toward an autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025.
Hannu Heino, chairman of Steerprop’s board of directors, describes Hägg as an experienced business leader and strategist with strong experience in numerous leading positions. With his experience and technical background, the company can achieve a stronger position as a solution provider in the fast-changing maritime industry.
Steerprop was established in 2000 by professionals with decades of azimuth propulsion experience. To date, Steerprop has delivered nearly 800 propulsors worldwide to vessels ranging from arctic icebreakers, offshore support vessels, tugs and workboats to ferries and cruise ships.