Jackson to Direct Global Marketing at KVH
Elizabeth Jackson has joined KVH Industries, Inc. as chief marketing officer and senior vice president for strategy. Jackson has worked at a variety of companies including Proctor & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, Summer Infant, and HookLogic, a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company in ad tech performance marketing. Most recently, Jackson was CMO at DOTS Technology Corp, an NEA portfolio company in health tech. Jackson has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Pitcher Joins Videotel as Sales Director
Videotel, an international provider of e-Learning maritime training programs and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has appointed Joe Pitcher as its sales director to lead business development efforts and liaise with Videotel’s global network of agents and sales offices. Previously, Pitcher was head of sales at V.Group Marine Services, providing a broad range of business support solutions to shipowners and shipmanagers as well as shipyards, oil and gas services and marine equipment suppliers. Prior to that position, he worked in sales roles in the commercial maritime travel sector.
Chris Holm Joins KVH to Direct Human Resources Initiatives
KVH Industries, Inc., announced today that Chris Holm has joined the company to drive strategic leadership in key human resources initiatives supporting KVH’s growth. He assumes the title of vice president of human resources, a newly created role within the company. From its headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, KVH has a global presence that includes offices around the world. In the past two years, the company’s annual revenue increased 45 percent, and the number of employees grew from fewer than 400 to more than 500. “We are delighted that Chris has joined KVH, bringing
Investment in Training Key to Handling Seafarer Shortage
The BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report released earlier this week indicates that there is a current shortfall of about 16,500 officers and a need for an additional 147,500 officers by 2025 to service the world merchant fleet. Nigel Cleave, CEO of VideotelTM, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has stressed that shipowners and shipmanagers need to invest in seafarer training to help combat this predicted shortfall of officers. “Attracting new blood into the industry is vital and by having properly structured training programs to ensure competent cadets can advance quickly through the ranks will help
Mariners Dread Port Calls
Seafarer social media site Crewtoo, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has published the results of its second Crewtoo Seafarers Happiness Index report detailing job satisfaction at sea. Designed to monitor and benchmark seafarer satisfaction levels via 10 key questions, the report shows a seafarer satisfaction level of 6.44 on a scale of 1 to 10, up 0.02 from the inaugural survey published in May this year. One surprising issue detailed in the second report is that seafarers sometimes dread port calls because of the increase in workload caused by the many audits and inspections when a
KVH Promotes Bruun to COO
KVH Industries has announced that Brent Bruun, currently executive vice president of mobile broadband for the company, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO). In this position, Bruun will assume direct responsibility for KVH’s corporate development, as well as operational responsibility for mobile communications products and services for maritime and land markets. His purview as COO covers the customer lifecycle from sales and manufacturing through customer onboarding and on into long-term services, support, and customer retention.
Keehan Promoted to President of Advanced Polymer Coatings
Advanced Polymer Coatings, Inc. (APC), manufacturer of patented polymer high performance industrial coatings used worldwide in a range of markets, has promoted David J. Keehan to President. The announcement, made by Donald J. Keehan, APC Chairman, is designed to ensure management continuity for future years in the closely held family business. Previously David Keehan was APC Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1993 to 2017, engaged in introducing, promoting and selling the company’s leading coating brands, ChemLine for a wide range of industrial coating and tank transport equipment
Protheroe Joins Greystoke Team in Vancouver
Tim Protheroe has joined consultancy Greystoke Marine Management, headquartered in Vancouver. Protheroe is a Master Mariner who came ashore with Lloyds Register in 1992 and worked in several senior positions before being appointed President, Lloyds Register America’s Inc. in 2014. Greystoke recently secured a two-year contract with Swan LNG providing essential marine oversight for the company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal development in Gujarat on the north west coast of India.
VT Halter Marine Names Socha Senior VP
program. Socha brings to the position more than 30 years of experience as a senior level executive in domestic and international sales, marketing, business development, public relations as well as deep industry knowledge of the offshore and inland shipbuilding, engineering/construction industries. He has worked as Vice President at Mid-Gulf Shipping Company, Baker Marine Solutions and as Executive Vice President at Bollinger Shipyards in Louisiana. Robert also has previous experience as Assistant Division Manager at Tidewater Inc., North America and International Divisions. He holds a Bachelor
PMI Industries Promotes Zivich to Manager
PMI Industries, Inc. announced that Phil Zivich has been promoted to Manager, Inside Sales/Customer Service. In his new position, Zivich is responsible for managing PMI's customer-facing timely responses and day-to-day interaction. He supports PMI's sales and service organization and also interfaces with the company's subsea cable hardware, testing laboratory and seismic survey and mapping customers. These customers include various domestic and international marine companies that use subsea cable technologies. Zivich has more than 20 years of sales and engineering experience in various industries.
Cook Joins Horizon Shipbuilding as Operations VP
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced that Mickey Cook has joined the corporation as the Vice President of Operations for the Bayou La Batre shipyard. Cook, one of the founders of C & G Boatworks, where he served as General Manager, brings 38 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry to his current position at Horizon. His many years of experience and relationships with others in the industry are an asset that will allow Horizon to better serve our customers and the marine industry as well as aid in the growth of Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. Travis Short, owner of Horizon and Cook have had
Hydroid Names Rogers VP of Engineering
28 years of experience that spans a broad range of technologies and markets. He most recently served as the president of DRIVE Solutions, a consulting and independent advisory company supporting several leading companies within the automotive autonomy, robotics, private equity, aerospace and defense industries. Prior to founding DRIVE Solutions, Dr. Rogers was the president of QinetiQ North America. During his 19 years at QinetiQ (or with companies acquired by QinetiQ), he held a variety of corporate positions including executive vice president and general manager; senior vice president and group director
Armstrong Named VP MOL (America)
MOL (America) Inc. welcomed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of vice president, area operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional accountability for operations in Mexico and the Caribbean. He reports to Richard Craig, President & CEO, MOL (America) Inc. Armstrong joins MOL (America) Inc. after 20 years in the container shipping industry, including experience serving as a head of intermodal operations along with responsibility
R&M Names Huber as N. America Manager
Recently acquired Silicon Valley-based REALM Communication Group Inc. will operate under R&M USA Inc. as of May 1 Swiss Cabling and Connectivity specialist R&M announced that Markus Huber will lead its North American Operation and become President of its U.S. subsidiary. During his career, Huber has held various senior management positions within the ICT industry. He has been Sales director of a large System Integrator and Managing Director of a leading ICT Distributor in Switzerland. Within R&M, Markus founded and managed R&M Far East with its subsidiaries in
Two Directors Join Global Ship Lease’s Board of Directors
CMA CGM announced that following its nominations, Alain Wils and John Van de Merwe joined the Board of Directors of Global Ship Lease Inc. Wils currently serves as a consultant in the shipping and logistics industries, with more than 40 years of experience. He was managing director of the shipping group Delmas Vieljeux from 1982 to 1992. After serving as Chairman and CEO of Sceta International, a leading European logistics and freight forwarding company, Wils was a Managing Director and then Executive Board member of CMA CGM from 1996-2008. Van de Merwe provides consultancy services in transportat
Global Ship Lease Expands Board of Directors
van de Merwe to the company's board of directors, increasing the board to six members. Wils and van de Merwe were appointed by the existing Board of Directors following their nomination by the company's largest shareholder, CMA CGM. Wils currently serves as a consultant in the shipping and logistics industries, with more than 40 years of experience. After serving as Chairman and CEO of Sceta International, a European logistics and freight forwarding company, Wils was a Managing Director and then Executive Board member of CMA CGM from 1996 to 2008. Van de Merwe provides consultancy services in transportatio
Northern Lights Hires Great Lakes/Inland Waterways Manager
Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has appointed 35-year industry veteran Kevin Kyle as Area Manager for the Great Lakes and Inland Waterways Region. Kyle will serve the needs of boat builders, architects, captains and end users of Northern Lights and Technicold products in the region. The market area includes commercial, military and government vessels, private yachts and trawlers, in both the United States and Canada. Kyle brings a variety of marine industry experience to the NLI team. Previously, he held positions as a