Strategy of continuous change
‘As a long-term strategy of continuous exchange between the yards on all levels it was since the beginning planned to rotate the leadership at some suitable time in the future,’ said Bernard Meyer, chairman of Meyer Turku and managing director of Meyer Werft. ‘The acute situation caused by the corona crisis will require and lead to major changes on all yards. As these changes and new structures will be implemented, it is now a good timing to carry out a family internal leadership switch between Jan and Tim.’
The switch, he added, is also intended to ensure continuous improvement by changing perspectives.
Benefits of cooperation
‘The three yards in Papenburg, Turku and Warnemünde are already working closely together. We are learning from each other by implementing knowledge and experience of all locations,’ Jan Meyer said. ‘Already today, we are seeing the benefits of this cooperation. The exchange of people between the locations is essential and a success factor for the future.’
Jan Meyer called his time in Finland ‘very intensive and personally inspiring,’ involving ‘many changes and investments, faced and made through many challenges together with our teams and partners.’ Further challenges remain, especially with the coronavirus situation.
Seeking new opportunities in crisis
‘We are now turning a new page at all our sites and need to seek also the opportunities in this crisis, implement many changes and at the same time strengthen our global functions, hence I am looking forward to push that change in Papenburg while staying involved with Turku through our cross-site collaboration,’ Meyer added.
For his part, Tim Meyer expressed enthusiasm for getting to work even more closely with the shipbuilders and partners in Turku ‘and of course also to get to know Finland and its people personally. We are encouraging an exchange between the yards on all levels and want to act as role models here,’ he added.
Bernard Meyer noted substantial and ‘some painful’ adjustments are still needed to cope with the coronavirus crisis.
‘Our shipyard went through many different times … If we take the right and bold steps, taking into account our changes, we will emerge stronger from this crisis than before,’ he said.
Management switch after summer
The management switch will take place after the summer.