At the end of August 2017 Styrk Bekkenes, president of international deck equipment manufacturer Palfinger Marine, stepped down from his position. Bekkenes had been the president of Palfinger Marine since January 2017. Prior to this Bekkenes was part of a leadership-sharing arrangement at Palfinger Marine following the company’s acquisition of Harding Safety in 2016 where he had been CEO.
According to Palfinger Marine, during his tenure Bekkenes spent much of his time amalgamating and integrating the company’s several acquisitions to strengthen Palfinger Marine’s position in the market.
“With the strengths that lie within the company, both in terms of personnel and products, Palfinger Marine is very well positioned to be the preferred supplier of cranes, lifesaving equipment and winches for vessels and installations worldwide. Furthermore, the wide range of segments that we cover mean that the company is more prepared than ever before to cater for variations in activities between the different markets we operate in. With Palfinger Marine in such a position, I feel that the time is right for me to step down and seek new challenges. I’m incredibly grateful for the time I’ve had in the company and for all the great colleagues who I’ve been lucky enough to work and cooperate with,” says Styrk.
In a statement Herbert Ortner, Palfinger CEO, said that he would like to offer his sincerest thanks to Bekkenes for his great contribution and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.