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Ilmo Kuutti appointed as President of NAPA Group

March 29, 2017 12:12

New organization to serve maritime industry even better

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Helsinki, Finland, March 29, 2017 – Mr Ilmo Kuutti has been appointed to the position of President of NAPA Group (Napa Ltd.), a world leading software solution provider for ship design and operation with a mission to improve safety and efficiency of the global maritime industry. Mr Kuutti assumes the position from Juha Heikinheimo, who successfully served as President of NAPA Group for five and a half years.

Mr Kuutti holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.  He started his career in shipyards, where he undertook various roles throughout the 1980’s.  Since joining NAPA in 1991, he has been taken on various leadership positions, most recently Executive Vice President, NAPA for Design and Senior Vice President, Key Customers.

Under the new leadership of Mr Kuutti, NAPA is organizing its business with the aim of serving its maritime industry customers even better. Effective from 1 April 2017 NAPA will be organized into three customer-facing business units; NAPA Design Solutions, NAPA Safety Solutions, and NAPA Shipping Solutions. Structuring business units around specific domain knowledge and expertise will deliver greater understanding of customers’ needs and the market, bringing NAPA closer to its customers to deliver a more customer-focused service.   

NAPA Design Solutions provides integrated 3D tools for Naval Architects and Structural Engineers for designing ships and offshore structures that support all aspects of marine engineering and design on a single 3D product model. The solutions comprise of industry standard engineering software for hull form, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and structures in particular for the initial and basic design phases. NAPA Design Solutions products and services are trusted by leading shipyards, classification societies, engineering offices, maritime authorities and research institutes around the world.

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NAPA Design Solutions unit will be headed by Executive Vice President, Mr Mikko Kuosa.

NAPA Safety Solutions provides solutions to increase safety, awareness and traceability onboard vessels.  Solutions include a system targeted especially for cruise liners and other advanced vessels that delivers timely decision support data in flooding emergencies.

NAPA Safety Solutions also include loading and stability systems for various kinds of vessels for effective and safe cargo management, and flag-state approved electronic logbook for onboard data collection, recording and replication of data to shore-based offices.

NAPA Safety Solutions offers ship officers onboard a better understanding of the stability and vulnerability of operating vessels, critical awareness of the survivability of a damaged ship, reporting tools to communicate with shore-based offices effectively, as well as services provided by worldwide network of highly trained and experienced engineers.

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NAPA Safety Solutions will be headed by Executive Vice President, Mr Esa Henttinen.

NAPA Shipping Solutions offers tools and services for enhanced ship data management, ship specific and fleet-wide performance analysis, and dynamic optimization of vessels’ routes, speed, and trim. The solutions provide ship owners, operators, charterers and other maritime stakeholders increased transparency in ship management, and improved technical and operational performance. 

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NAPA Shipping Solutions unit will be headed by Executive Vice President, Mr Naoki Mizutani.


Ilmo Kuutti, President, NAPA Group commented:

“NAPA’s success within the maritime industry is built upon our ability to combine deep maritime domain knowledge with IT expertise. This is supported by a long history of working closely with and understanding our customers and their needs. Increasingly we’ve seen the needs of our customers fall into three distinct groups; those looking for industry-leading design tools, those looking for more optimized and efficient vessel operations, and those with a focus on ensuring safety and accountability within their organizations.

“We are developing a new organizational structure within NAPA centered on three business units serving these three core needs of our customers. These are needs that span the lifecycle of a vessel, and we had teams within the business with direct experience and understanding of these areas. The new structure aims to bring those experts closer to the customers, and allow us to serve and communicate with our customers on a higher-level of understanding. It will also support the development of new, more targeted offerings to tackle the issues and challenges our customers face.

“NAPA’s strong market position and excellent offering paired with this streamlined, customer-centric approach are how we plan to build future success. “, concludes Mr Kuutti.


About NAPA

NAPA has become a global leader in software solutions and services for the maritime industry; providing best in class solutions for safety, efficiency and productivity in both ship design and operations.  
NAPA operates globally, with ten offices across Asia, Europe and the Americas supported by its Helsinki headquarters. NAPA software is used by shipyards, owners, operators, charterers, designers, classification societies, research institutes, authorities, consultancies and universities. To date, NAPA has nearly 400 user organizations for its design solutions and 2,500 installations onboard vessels.

For more information, visit www.napa.fi 


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