Nicolas Furgé joins the Marlink Group to head up new Digital Solutions Business Unit

Monday 7, June 2021

Dedicated business unit will focus on the developing innovative customer-centric IT, cyber and IoT solutions to accelerate the digital transformation for Marlink customers

Paris and Oslo, 07 June 2021. Marlink, the leading provider of smart network solutions, has announced the appointment of Nicolas Furgé as President of the recently created Digital and IT Solutions business unit.

Furgé will focus on leading and scaling-up the activities of two units, IT-Cybersecurity and IoT-Digital, increasing the penetration of digital solutions to Marlink customers across markets including customers in maritime, oil and gas, mining and NGOs.

Nicolas Furgé, President, Digital, Marlink: “We will help our customers capture the value of digitalisation while managing the risks that go with it.”

The new business unit will play a key role in supporting Marlink customers as they increasingly transition to digital operations, highlighting revenue-generating and cost-saving opportunities within a cyber-secure framework.

Growing environmental and cybersecurity requirements as well as the need to collect and process increased volumes of data create a new level of complexity for Marlink customers. The new business unit will focus on increasing the uptake of digital services including delivery of a range of technologies to automate and deliver IT as a managed service, improve efficiency, simplify compliance and provide cyber safety.

Furgé will report directly to Marlink CEO Erik Ceuppens and join the Marlink Group’s Executive Management Committee. He has a project and product management background that includes telecommunications and IT development and has acquired strong international expertise including in Asia and the US.

He managed several business units within Orange Business Services, including the Cybersecurity Business Unit, where he grew annual revenues to €150m. For the last six years, he has been the CEO of Kisio, a company with 700 employees providing consulting, digital and data analytics services in the mobility sector.

Nicolas has a passion for organizational transformation, developing skills in multi-disciplinary environments and strong interaction with customers and partners that makes him a great fit with Marlink’s growth plans, said Erik Ceuppens, CEO of the Marlink Group. The further development of our digital businesses is an essential part of our continuing journey to support our customers’ innovation strategies with an expanded range of services.
Digitalisation creates a range of opportunities for shipping, from reducing fuel consumption to increasing vessel efficiency, availability and security; these are the tools we can support our customers to adopt, said Nicolas Furgé, President, Digital, Marlink. We will help our customers capture the value of digitalisation while managing the risks that go with it.

About Marlink

Marlink is the trusted partner in fully managed smart network solutions, based on an intelligent hybrid network and unrivalled digital solutions.

The company provides Smart Network Solutions, connecting people and assets around the globe and across all markets where conventional connectivity cannot reach or is not available. Marlink’s Intelligent Hybrid Network combines global satcom and terrestrial technologies via a proprietary global infrastructure.

The Marlink Smart Edge, an integrated service delivery platform, orchestrates and optimises all network elements and applications, from data handling and IT to application-based routing (SD Wan), cloud and Digital Solutions, including remote data and IT, cyber security as well as IoT/OT solutions.

This provides customers with full ‘Peace of Mind’ that their chosen network solution is fully optimised, integrated and has the security required to operate more profitably and sustainably, increasing their efficiency and safety through operational optimisation, tracking and routing, monitoring and reporting.

Marlink’s Smart Network Solutions are provided as Managed Services meeting the highest quality standards and service level agreements. The company proactively monitors and supports network solutions, providing alerts, reporting and insights on performance and usage of connectivity, systems, and applications as well as advice and consultancy on how to further optimise customer networks.