Danfoss Editron has appointed a new marine sales director to lead the company’s marine business
Danfoss Editron has appointed Erno Tenhunen to lead the company’s marine business, with overall responsibility for sales, the delivery of projects and developing new systems technology at a time when electrification is a hot topic in the global marine industry.
Battery capacity is expanding quickly and owners are increasingly adopting hybrid systems for vessel propulsion, a theme Mr Tenhunen focused on in a statement.
“I see lots of opportunities for electrification in the marine sector. Existing fleets of small ferries are getting old for example, so there is a growing market for replacements and retrofits. However, there is growing pressure to electrify all types of marine vessels, with legislation such as Sulphur 2020 soon coming into force. Electrification is truly here to stay and will dominate the global marine industry for years to come,” he said.
Mr Tenhunen will add nearly 20 years’ experience to Danfoss Editron’s already well-established marine team. His background includes overall profit and loss responsibility for business units, and he has a proven track record of selling and negotiating, according to a statement on his appointment. Mr Tenhunen’s capabilities also include leading and developing teams, meeting financial targets and improving results, while he is adept at customer relationship management and undertaking market analysis research, according to his corporate bio.
Mr Tenhunen joins Danfoss Editron from ABB, where he has spent his entire career. After initially starting as a project manager, Mr Tenhunen held several senior roles at the company, such as vice president of sales and global sales manager for specific marine segments, such as icebreakers and cruise vessels. Most recently he led ABB’s Digital Solutions unit in Finland, focusing on developing new and innovative digital systems for ships including those relating to automation, navigation and intelligent operations.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Tenhunen said “Making this move is a great opportunity to challenge myself in a similar area to what I’m used to. Though there will also be some differences which I’m excited about, such as developing smaller, fully electric vessels compared to the cruise liners and icebreakers that I previously focused on.”
Danfoss Editron has electrified a growing number of vessels in the marine industry. Significant projects delivered this year include the Ellen E-ferry in Denmark, which is the world’s most powerful fully-electric ferry, while the company also provided the electric power equipment for two workboats operating on the Miyun Reservoir, Asia-Pacific’s largest artificial lake.