Change of leadership at Viking Line - Jan Hanses succeeds Mikael Backman

20 MARCH 2014

Viking Line's Board of Directors and its President and CEO, Mikael Backman, have decided to go their separate ways. The Board is of the opinion that in recent years, Mr Backman has implemented changes that are important to the Company, but that the future will require different leadership in facing the coming challenges.

"The Board is of the opinion that Jan Hanses, currently Deputy CEO, is very suitable to take on these challenges," says Ben Lundqvist, Chairman of the Board.

At the same time, the Board has appointed Andreas Remmer, Chief Financial Officer, as Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO.

"Viking Line's task is to provide profitable passenger and cargo services. We must ensure that our customers are satisfied with the product we deliver and that our employees feel motivated to exceed customer expectations. Our operations must be characterized by stability, while making the best possible use of our employees' knowledge. It is with great respect and confidence that I accept this challenge," says Jan Hanses, the new President and CEO of the Company.

These organizational changes go into effect on March 20, 2014.


Jan Hanses
President and CEO