Guthrie to Direct KVH Initiatives in Asia-Pacific Region
KVH Industries, Inc. announced that Mark Guthrie has been named KVH’s vice president for the Asia-Pacific region.Guthrie will oversee all KVH activities in this area, which is of vital importance in the mobile connectivity market. Mobile tech innovator KVH provides connectivity solutions for the maritime market, including global mini-VSAT Broadbands services used by thousands of vessels worldwide.Guthrie joined KVH in 2013, and has held a variety of roles, most recently serving as vice president for global channel management. Mark’s extensive experience in the satellite communications and
Seafarers’ House Launches $4.5m Campaign
Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades has launched the public phase of its “Place of Welcome” Campaign to build a new home for the mariners who visit the port. The announcement was made at its annual Golden Compass Gala on May 19, honoring President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley, who announced that the cruise line is committing $500,000 to the campaign. The three-year, $4.5 million fundraising effort will allow Seafarers’ House to build a new facility, as well as provide a way to sustain the operations of programs and services offered to
Nolan Tapped to Take Over as TOTE CEO
Tim Nolan has been named the next president and CEO of U.S. domestic ocean carrier TOTE Inc., parent company Saltchuk announced today. TOTE is the parent company to TOTE Maritime and TOTE Services.Nolan, who is currently president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico, will succeed retiring president CEO Anthony Chiarello who will step down July 16 after eight years at the helm.Nolan has been with the TOTE family of companies since 2013. He will remain in Jacksonville, Fla., as TOTE’s corporate headquarters shift to Jacksonville where both TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico and TOTE Services are currently
Glas Joins Bouchard Transportation
Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. said that Captain Robert “Bob” Glas has joined the company as Vice President of Vessel Compliance and Auditing. In this role Captain Robert Glas will usethe management afloat approach by rotating throughout the fleet and accompanying crews on voyages aboard Bouchard vessels to conduct ISM, and operational based audits and assessments, including underway navigation audits in accordance with OCIMF TMSA 3 element 5.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Conrad Industries Appoints Leonard as VP
Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the appointment of Rene J. Leonard as Vice President of Business Development and Engineering. "Rene has been in the shipyard business over 25 years in various capacities including naval architect, project engineer, program manager, director of commercial programs and more recently as Vice President – Engineering for the past ten years, overseeing all functional design development, regulatory approvals, and production engineering," said Johnny Conrad, President and Chief Executive Officer. Conrad Industries, Inc., established in 1948 and
KVH Videotel Names Karkhanis Middle East Sales Director
KVH Videotel has named Capt. Milind Karkhanis as sales director for the Middle East to develop business in this strategically important maritime location. Capt. Karkhanis has more than 40 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including 15 years at sea on tankers, bulk carriers, and container ships; on shore, he worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong in ship manning and operations roles. Capt. Karkhanis has recently relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “I am looking forward to servicing our current clients in the region and expanding our operations to new clients who are based in this
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.
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
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.