Danfoss Editron has appointed Erno Tenhunen as its new Marine Director. He will 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.
Tenhunen comes to Danfoss Editron’s marine team with nearly 20 years experience His background includes overall profit and loss responsibility for business units, while he has a proven track record of selling and negotiating. His capabilities also include leading and developing teams, meeting financial targets and improving results.
He joins Danfoss Editron from ABB where, after initially starting as a Project Manager, he held several senior roles including 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.
“Danfoss Editron has great products and a growing team, so making this move is a great opportunity to challenge myself in a similar area to what I’m used to,” says Tenhunen, noting that “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.”
“I see lots of opportunities for electrification in the marine sector,” he adds. “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 IMO 2020 soon coming into force. Electrification is truly here to stay and will dominate the global marine industry for years to come.”
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.