Rolls-Royce Marine president Mikael Makinen is “on the same side of the table” as his staff in discussions over the division's future and will not be staying with Rolls-Royce once the division is sold.
“I have been very clear with the organisation that I am not going to stay in another job in Rolls-Royce” once the sale has been completed, he told Marine Propulsion during an exclusive interview. One reason is because “I am a marine person,” he said but another is because “this sales process is very stressful [and] I think it is very important for me to tell the employees that we are on the same side of the table. ‘I am not selling you and then I have a nice job at Rolls-Royce’.”
He has not yet decided whether he will stay with the marine division once it is sold, he said; “it depends on the buyer. … I have not made up my mind about that, but I made up my mind that I don’t see any role for me in Rolls-Royce.” He also confirmed that, once the division is sold, it will not retain the Rolls-Royce name.
The division now employs around 3,600 people and the sale will include Rolls-Royce’s ship intelligence and design-related functions. Alongside those will be its drive train technology, such as gear boxes and propulsion equipment, plus deck machinery. Its naval work has transferred to Rolls-Royce Defence and its MTU and Bergen engines are part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
• A full report of Mr Makinen’s interview will be published on the Marine Propulsion website.