Montgomery Named CEO of Ports America
New Jersey-headquartered marine terminal operator and stevedore Ports America Group, Inc. has appointed Mark Montgomery as president and CEO. He replaces former president and CEO, Michael Hassing.Montgomery was previously president and CEO of Ports America Chesapeake (PAC) from 2010 to 2014, and currently serves as a senior advisor and operating partner to the Infrastructure Investing strategy of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (Oaktree), where he brings more than 30 years of maritime industry experience.Montgomery led the company through a successful Public Private Partnership with the Maryland Port
Ports America Names Surett CFO
New Jersey-headquartered marine terminal operator and stevedore Ports America Group, Inc. has named Richard Surett as its new chief financial officer.Surett has been with Ports America since 2010 and most recently held the position of senior vice president, FP&A and treasury. He is a financial professional with more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and financial planning and analysis.
Asahi/America Promotes Van
Thermoplastic fluid flow technology company Asahi/America, Inc. has promoted Rodney Van to industrial business development manager for the eastern and central regions effective January 1, 2017. Based out of North Carolina, Van will lead Asahi/America’s sales efforts of industrial single wall and double wall piping systems for chemical service. Van has been with Asahi/America for 27 years in various roles; most recently as district sales manager in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Craig Named President and CEO of MOL America
MOL Liner Ltd. has announced that Richard “Dick” Craig has been promoted to President and CEO of MOL (America) Inc. effective June 24, 2014. He has 34 years of experience in the container shipping industry including over 11 years with MOL. MOL Liner Ltd.’s President & Chief Executive Officer Toshiya Konishi said, “Dick was instrumental in bringing MOL (America) Inc. up to one of the most efficient and productive organizations within MOL Liner in the last 10-plus years. I believe Dick is ideally suited to continue to drive the company forward, build on its potential and
US Shipyards: Building for America, Jobs for Americans
. Webb inherited his father’s shipyard in 1840 and built over 130 of the fastest clipper sailing vessels; he later built the largest and most celebrated steamships of his era. Those were glory years for the U.S. maritime industry, an era when the shipping industry was synonymous with American sovereignty. While it is no longer the nation’s most profitable export manufacturing industry, U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair continues to be a major economic engine, as critical to our national security and commerce as it was in colonial times. Our founding fathers recognized that our
Roan Joins IMCA in North America
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Eric Roan as its regulatory representative in North America. “I am very pleased to welcome an experienced professional with the stature and credentials of Eric on to the IMCA bench,” said Allen Leatt. “He will play a key role in our dialogue with industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Roan has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Volvo Penta Expands N. America Training
Volvo Penta of the Americas informs it is expanding its service school offerings by partnering with vocational technical schools in the U.S. and Canada. Volvo Penta is now offering technical training classes at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont.; Oak Harbor Vocational School in Oak Harbor, Ohio; Lake Career & Technical Center in Camdenton, Mo.; and New England Institute of Technology in Providence, R.I.. Volvo Penta instructors will conduct the classes at the schools’ campuses for dealer and OEM service technicians, and also train the schools’ technical teachers to conduct
Crowley Honored Among America's Healthiest Companies
For the fourth consecutive year, Crowley Maritime Corp. has been honored as one of the Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health, a national leader for personalized wellness solutions. Crowley is among 156 companies nationally being recognized for helping employees improve their health, sometimes with life-saving changes. More than 1,700 Crowley employees and spouses participated in the company’s Live Well health evaluation and wellness program in 2016, representing about 84 percent of eligible participants. As Crowley has emphasized wellness programs, employee health
Romano Named Sales VP at Asahi/America
Fluid flow technology company Asahi/America, Inc., said it has appointed John Romano as its new vice president of sales and marketing. Romano joined the Massachusetts-based manufacturer on June 12, 2017. Romano brings 29 years of industrial plastics distribution experience to Asahi/America including sales management, strategic planning, new product launches, marketing campaigns, e-commerce and business-to-business sales in both the commercial and industrial markets. He holds a degree in business management and has been an active member in a number of industry associations.
Thomsen Named Dan-Bunkering (America) Commercial Director
Michel Dominique Thomsen has been promoted to the position of commercial director with Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. as of August 1, 2017. Thomsen initially started as bunker trader with Dan-Bunkering at the office in Copenhagen in 2005. During his 12 year career, he has been stationed abroad, working as a sales manager for three years, before returning to Copenhagen to become a team leader in 2013. Thomsen is succeeding Jim Jensen who was promoted to managing director of Dan-Bunkering (America) Inc. earlier this year.
Bolien Shifts to Digital Marketing at YANMAR America
Effective August 29, 2016, YANMAR America announces that Zack Bolien will transition from his current role of Parts Marketing Specialist to Digital Marketing Specialist. The Digital Marketing Specialist is a new position for the company created in an effort to support YANMAR’s premium brand initiative, as well as to provide more solutions to customers using the latest technology. In this role, Bolien will be responsible for helping the company utilize marketing automation software to enhance online marketing efforts, managing the company’s digital assets, including the recently
AGCS Makes Leadership Changes in North America
Allianz Group’s specialist corporate insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) announced today that effective December 31, Henning Haagen will take over as North American Regional Head of Specialty Lines, and Rich Soja will become the North American Regional Head of Marine. These appointments follow the retirement of John Barnwell after more than 20 years with the company. While taking on these new responsibilities, both Haagen and Soja will continue in their current roles as Northeast Zone Executive in the U.S. and Global Head of Inland Marine, respectively. Sin
New Managing Director for GAC North America
Industry veteran Patrik Ziegler has been appointed Managing Director of GAC North America – Logistics (GNAL). He brings to the role more than 30 years’ experience in logistics and oil and gas. In his new role, Ziegler is tasked with overseeing the continuing expansion of GAC’s integrated logistics services throughout North America. He is based at the company’s main office in Houston. The Group also serves the U.S. logistics market through its offices in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Woodruff Named American Maritime Partnership President
The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) today announced the election of Matt Woodruff of Kirby Corporation as its new President. He succeeds Thomas A. Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators. “Leading the American Maritime Partnership – which speaks for the half a million American men and women whose employment depends on the domestic maritime industry – is a great honor. Our vibrant domestic maritime industry is an essential foundation for America’s economic, national, and homeland security,” Woodruff said. “I look forward to
Hapag-Lloyd North America President Freese Retires
Wolfgang Freese, President Region North America, will be retiring after almost five decades with Hapag-Lloyd. Freese began his career in the shipping company in 1971 with an apprenticeship to become a shipping agent. In recent decades, he has held management positions in several locations, including Germany, Indonesia, Great Britain and the U.S. Since 2009, Freese has led this region headquartered in Piscataway, near New York City. Following a transitional period, he will be succeeded on April 1, 2018 by Uffe Ostergaard, who joined Hapag-Lloyd in May 2017 following
Bell Named President & CEO Rolls-Royce North America
Rolls-Royce announced the appointment of Tom Bell as President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, a post he will hold alongside his current position as President – Defence. Bell's appointment follows the decision of Marion Blakey to retire at the end of June after serving a three year term. Chief executive Warren East said, “To support our ambitions in the [North America] region, we have made significant investments including at our facility in Indianapolis, where we are currently undertaking the largest single investment that Rolls-Royce has made in the U.S. since we acquired
Dio Named President, Chairman of BP America
BP announced that Susan Dio has been appointed chairman and president of BP America Inc., BP’s chief representative in the U.S., from May 1, 2018. Dio succeeds John Mingé, who will move to chair a study by the National Petroleum Council (NPC) into CCUS technologies and their potential deployment. He will retire from BP in March 2019. Dio, a chemical engineer by training, has been chief executive of BP Shipping for the past three years, responsible for BP’s shipping business worldwide, including its fleet of over 70 operated and time-chartered vessels. In this time