Iiro joined Rolls-Royce in 2005 and has held various roles such as Development Project Manager, Technical Product Manager and last Vice President of Remote and Autonomous Operations and led the development work at the autonomous shipping R&D centre in Turku, Finland. Currently, he is a self-employed consultant working on future maritime technologies and autonomous solutions.
He has a degree in Automation and Electrical Engineering from Vaasa University of Applied Sciences.
In his early career, Iiro worked with the development of azimuth thrusters control and electrical solutions specializing in frequency converter driven solutions. From 2007 until 2010 Iiro held the position of Technical Product Manager for Aquapilot control system solution and linked electrical solutions. From 2010 until end of 2015 he worked as Development Project Manager for propulsion, steering gear and waterjet control and electrical solutions in Ålesund, Norway. As part of the Development Manager role he also was in charge of the development of future bridge and unmanned vessel remote operations centre concepts called oX. These concepts revolutionized the way future maritime operations were described and especially the futuristic representation of the unmanned vessel command centre which received global acknowledgement.
In his previous role as Vice President Remote & Autonomous operations, he was an integral part of setting up the Ship Intelligence business and R&D Centre for Autonomous operations within Rolls-Royce Marine. His team was the global leader of remote and autonomous system for maritime industry. They developed and demonstrated the world’s first commercial remotely controlled vessel, the Svitzer Hermod, an 80t escort tug of Svitzer in 2017 and worlds first fully autonomous vessel, road ferry Falco in 2018.
Iiro is also one of the key speakers globally in regards to remote and autonomous maritime operations.