Discussion and mingle with co-founders of Rederi Ab Nathalie

Join us for a really interesting virtual call on 14 April


14 April 2021




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Free of charge

Picture: Åland Maritime Day / Therese Andersson, Blick

Take the opportunity to call in and hear the interesting story on how Antti Partanen and Johan Liljeström managed to buy their first vessel in 2009 and how the company has developed since then. Rederi Ab Natalie (RABN) have at the moment six vessels in their fleet. 

Tune in on Teams at 17:00 on the 14 April 2021. Get ready for the event by bringing some complementary drinks and prepare some questions to Johan and Antti. 

Register before the 13 April. 

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By the way, don't miss RABN's blogg. Here is an instruction about Antti:

What are the next challenges to solve? The excitement of new opportunities keeps the job interesting, says Antti Partanen, CEO of Rederi AB Nathalie.

The drive to do a bit more, a bit better

Hailing from Kuopio, a city in Northern Savonia, Antti is a person with an ambitious mindset and a practical yet positive approach to challenges. Antti wasn’t afraid of changes, when he moved from the other side of Finland to the west coast in his teenage years and enrolled in Maritime Academy to become a maritime professional.

Today, Antti is the CEO of RABN – actually, he has been that for ten years already. He’s into continuous improvement: to always do a little bit more, a little bit better. 

Commitment and mutual trust matter

Antti’s deep and genuine interest towards the maritime industry is impossible to overlook if you happen to find out his Google search history or you go on a holiday with him – it’s always ships and ports in his head. 

After several years of working as a captain, Antti knows what it truly is like to be on a ship and what it takes to steer her successfully. This is the reason he may sometimes be demanding as a leader, Antti thinks, because he knows what it takes in practice to do the work well. “My role is to offer support to our employees. It’s in my best interest to enable the employees to grow in their career path”, describes Antti. 

As a leader, Antti strives to be the most reliable and responsible employer. For him, it’s crucial that employees can trust his words. When an employee considers him as an equal coworker, he thinks he has done something right. Mutual appreciation and trust are essential. 

Endlessly evolving

What is a typical workday of a CEO like? According to Antti, there is no such thing. Instead, his work is characterized by change and new challenges. 

Since the tasks and situations are continuously on the move, the job of a CEO requires an ability to combine ideas, perceive broad entities, notice the essential issues, understand numbers and think creatively, Antti thinks. First and foremost, it’s about solving problems.

A tight-knit partnership with co-founder Johan keeps things running smoothly, as they have a like-minded attitude towards problem-solving. They both have their own strengths, and both are aware of them. “Without Johan, there is not a chance I would be in this position by now. Our teamwork is absolutely essential.”

To sum up, Antti thinks the most interesting part of his job are the new opportunities. “You never know what a new day has to offer. There are only opportunities: you do, and you learn.” 

Here is an introduction of Johan:

“My job is to empower my employees to succeed on their own”, fleet manager and co-founder Johan Liljeström says about his career, “and it’s rewarding for all of us.”

Life onboard

Originating from the shores of the Baltic Sea, Johan has always been fascinated by ships, vessels, and shipping. For him, it’s a matter of deep interest. He grew up in Porvoo, where he used to spot the ships passing by. At the age of 15, he started his maritime career and has stayed on that road from then on.

At Rederi AB Nathalie, Johan is the fleet manager and co-founder. This means it is his responsibility to take care of the technical matters and to coordinate the crews. Various tasks, new projects and diverse challenges make the job interesting to him. When a new RABN ship is launched, he is the most likely person to be found onboard. 

Willing to get amongst it 

Whereas co-founder and CEO Antti is in charge of finances, Johan is the one responsible for human resources. Being a leader is his second nature, after having served as a captain for years.

According to Johan, what makes a good leader is the ability to listen and to put yourself in an employee’s place. Most of the time, it feels natural to Johan: when you have sailed for 19 years, you know what skills are required onboard and what kind of situations can occur. Thus, through his own experience, he is able to give perspectives to his employees. He trusts in leadership by going first.

As a person, Johan sees himself as ambitious and curious. ”I’m not from a rich and wealthy family. Maybe that’s what has kept me going. I’m sort of an adventurer. I’m eager to see what I can achieve and how far I can go.”

“I’m very straight-forward, as well. Most of the time it’s a good trait, I think,” Johan states and continues, “as people can count on my honesty.”

You are the master of your own destiny

During the 10-year journey of RABN, Johan and Antti have learned that both entrepreneurship and managing a shipping company has its ups and downs. Throughout his career, Johan has always relied on his motto: you are the master of your own destiny.

“That’s a thought I want to share with my employees. My role is to inspire, encourage and support them, but above all, I want to create an environment where people can thrive as a result of their own work.”