During a short ceremony held on Wednesday the 4th of July in Rome, Emanuele Grimaldi, Managing Director of the Grimaldi Group and President and CEO of the subsidiary company Finnlines, received the honor of Commander of the Order of the Lion of the Republic of Finland.
The Ambassador of Finland in Italy, Janne Taalas, declared that the award, conferred by the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, is a recognition for the great commitment of Emanuele Grimaldi, through the company Finnlines, in developing maritime transport to and from Finland which is of great support to the country’s economy.
“I am very pleased to receive this honor”, said Emanuele Grimaldi. “We worked very hard in Finnlines, as a team of hundreds of employers both at sea and ashore, to improve our operational and economic performances, achieving results beyond our expectations and allowing us to position the company among the successful business stories in the Baltic area. It is an honor for me to lead this team, and to receive this prestigious award from the President of the Republic of Finland and the Ambassador of Finland in Italy “.
The decoration Commander of the Order of the Lion is awarded to individuals, very few of which are foreign citizens, who have distinguished themselves in the service of Finland.
Finnlines is a company owned by the Grimaldi Group, which started the acquisition process in 2005 until it was completed in 2016. Leader in the maritime transport of freight and passengers in Baltic and North Seas and in the Gulf of Biscay, it operates the biggest and more efficient fleet of ro/ro and ro/pax vessels. Besides maritime transport, Finnlines supplies terminal services in the ports of Helsinki and Turku, through the subsidiary Finnsteve.