Norwegian ship technology company Havyard has chosen Kristian Steinsvik to steer the company’s new research and development initiative.Steinsvik will be responsible for the direction and structure of the development work and will contribute his expertise in various projects. He has a master’s in engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, with hydrodynamics as his field of expertise.He has worked as a researcher in Marintek, which is now part of SINTEF, and as an engineer in Det Norske Veritas where he was also involved in research work. He is now looking forward to boosting Havyard’s R&D activities by coordinating the Group’s development work.Believing this new initiative will have several benefits, Steinsvik commented: “The fact that several business areas and disciplines are coming together to exchange knowledge and ideas will have an effect in itself. We will continue with the projects that we are ready to start on already now. And we will also take steps to ensure a more long-term perspective in this work.”“We also need to look at our services and tools – for example creating a calculation tool that will enable us to work much faster, or developing services internally that we have previously had to hire from external suppliers.“Several long-term projects are already under way. To mention just a few examples, Havyard Design & Solutions has developed design concepts in new segments, a new bow and stern concept, and a complete simulator for the ships we develop. Now we will gather the knowledge in the Group, draw on each other’s expertise and help to ensure further growth and development.”CEO Geir Johan Bakke says: “There are certain threats in the current market situation, but there are also opportunities. We are now gathering our development work in one group, which will free up resources for innovation and fresh ideas.”
Alex McLeish has been sacked as Aston Villa manager after 11 months in charge at Villa Park.The news comes less than 24 hours after Villa’s 2-0 defeat at Norwich City on the final day of the Premier League season as the club finished just two points above the relegation zone.The 53-year-old Scot was at the club’s training ground on Monday morning to say his farewells to the Villa staff.A club statement read: “Aston Villa can confirm that Alex McLeish’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect. The club has been disappointed with this season’s results, performances and the general message these have sent to our fans.“The board wishes to assure supporters that we are conscious in every sense that Villa expects and deserves more and we will strive to deliver this.”Villa chairman Randy Lerner said: “We need to be clear and candid with ourselves and with supporters about what we have lacked in recent years.“Compelling play and results that instil a sense of confidence that Villa is on the right track have been plainly absent. “The most immediate action that we can take is to look carefully at our options in terms of bringing in a new manager who sees the club’s potential and embraces our collective expectations.”The early favourite for the Villa Park role is Norwich City boss Paul Lambert, who has guided the Canaries to a 12th-place finish after an impressive debut campaign in England’s top flight.However, Norwich chief executive David McNally insisted earlier on Monday he is ready for a fight to keep Lambert at Carrow Road.