Sea Machines Hires Black as Vice President
Sea Machines Robotics has announced that it has hired Don Black as vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to Founder and CEO Michael G. Johnson.
Effective immediately, this new position gives Black responsibility for the company’s global sales of Sea Machines autonomous-command and remote-control products for commercial workboats. He also has special oversight for supporting the development of the company’s advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for commercial ships and vessels, currently being trialed aboard an A.P. Moller-Maersk container ship. Black resides in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, but reports to the position from Boston.
Having served as a senior executive for more than 25 years, Black brings to Sea Machines significant experience in strategy development, sales and marketing management, and product development. His background spans several industries, but he has consistently supported companies focused on technical hardware and/or software development.
Black’s notable career roles include global senior vice president of sales, marketing and business development for NAVIONICS Inc., from 2008 to 2018, and CEO/president of startup Sea Wave, from 2000 to 2007. He has an MBA from IESE Business School and will complete a masters in data science in June 2019 from Northwestern University.
Sea Machines’ SM series of products, which include the SM300 and SM200, provides marine operators a new era of capability with task-driven, computer-guided vessel control, bringing advanced autonomy within reach for small- and large-scale operations. These products can be installed aboard existing or new-build commercial vessels with return on investment typically seen within a year. The company is also currently developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships.