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NAPA APPOINTS NEW CEO

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider Napa has announced the appointment of Mikko Kuosa as CEO, in succession to Ilmo Kuutti, who continues as an Advisor and a member of the Board of Directors.

Kuosa joined Napa in 1999 and holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. He was most recently EVP Napa Design Solutions, and previously headed Napa Technology as VP Technology.

Mitsuhiko Kidogawa, Chairman of Napa’s Board of Directors and ClassNK’s Regional Manager of Europe and Africa, said, “We have been extremely satisfied with Napa’s recent development and performance. Ilmo Kuutti has led Napa through a very successful transformation in the past three years. Napa’s growth has been a testament to focus, quality, and expertise. After conducting a systematic search for Napa’s new CEO, we have great faith in Mikko’s ability to lead NAPA to new heights of success.”

Kuosa said: “Three years ago, we re-structured Napa and became a self-managed organisation. Removal of hierarchical organisation meant that the teams and individuals became more autonomous in their working practices, free to utilise their capability in full, and make decisions. It wasn’t always a simple or straightforward process – but the results speak for themselves. The year 2019 resulted in record-high revenue and customer satisfaction. Also, employee satisfaction and engagement improved significantly. The results highlight the talent and professionalism of our staff. By creating three business units that better reflected our specific domain expertise and increased customer focus, we are now making the marine industry’s technology-enabled future a reality. Napa is in a prime position to enable the digitalisation of the maritime industry, ensuring its efficiency, safety, and sustainability for years to come. We have a strong foundation, and I am enthusiastic about continuing my Napa journey in a new role with our excellent, committed people.”

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