12/06/2011 01:13 EST | Updated 02/05/2012 05:12 EST

BC Ferries announces new CEO

Veteran executive Mike Corrigan will replace David Hahn as president and CEO of BC Ferries in January, the corporation announced Tuesday.

"I am looking forward to working with the provincial government, the B.C. Ferry Commission and ferry dependent communities on achieving outcomes that work for everyone," Corrigan said in a written statement.

"We need a coastal ferry system that is safe, reliable and affordable. I also want to continue to engage our employees in our SailSafe program and work towards making BC Ferries an exceptional place to work."

Corrigan is replacing controversial CEO David Hahn, who announced in September he would step down at the end of the year.

Corrigan has spent the last nine years as chief operating officer and executive vice president of business development at BC Ferries.

Ready to take leadership

"We are extremely pleased that Mr. Corrigan will be taking over the helm of BC Ferries," said services board chair Donald Hayes.

"Mr. Corrigan