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US FMC Names Usman Chief Information Officer

Mohammad “Ali” Usman has been hired as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Federal Maritime Commission and appointed to be a member of the Senior Executive Service.Usman will serve as director in all areas of information technology (IT) and as the primary IT technical advisor to the Managing Director.He assumes his new duties effective immediately.“Well functioning, publicly accessible, and secured information systems are vital to being able to meet the mission of a government agency in the 21st Century. Mr. Usman possesses skills and experience that permit him to be pivotal

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Port of Corpus Christi Names Bertolami CFO

CEO in September.Previously, Bertolami served four years as director of finance for the Port of Corpus Christi. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial leadership roles and has served as Interim CFO since September.As CFO, Bertolami will oversee the port’s real estate, information technology, finance, accounting, procurement and risk management departments.In her prior role as director of finance, Bertolami was responsible for a number of duties, including coordinating the completion of the port’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, improving efficiencies with financial

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Port of Oakland launches 2023 Summer College Internship Program

The Port of Oakland is recruiting full-time college students for its 2023 Summer College Internship Program. Through a competitive process, prospective applicants apply for internships in 18 professional fields – Aviation, Communications, Engineering, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Maritime, Planning & Development and Risk Management – at the port.With more than 20 years of hosting interns, the Port of Oakland will support local students throughout the eight-week paid internship program.“This program offers college students an opportunity to

Erika Graziuso (Photo: Crowley)

Crowley Names Graziuso Chief Information Officer

Crowley has named Erika Graziuso as its new Chief Information Officer, tapped to lead the company’s information technology and digital transformation strategy with a key focus on digital solutions, cybersecurity and responsible data management.“Erika brings a demonstrated track record of driving innovation that helps corporations prepare for the opportunities and challenges of today and tomorrow,” said Tom Crowley, Chairman and CEO. “As Crowley expands its technological capabilities to exceed the demands of a constantly changing landscape, Erika’s mastery of leading

Jeff Vogel (Photo: Cozen O’Connor)

Vogel Promoted to Shareholder at Cozen O’Connor

contracts across all industries. In the maritime space, he represents ocean carriers and maritime stakeholders in regulatory and financial matters before government regulatory bodies. In his government contracts practice, he represents clients in the aviation, defense, engineering, health care, information technology, maritime, security services, and translation services industries. Vogel has been a regular contributor to Marine News magazine since 2018.Other members promoted to shareholder include Paul Connell, Jason Domark, Matthew Glazer, Maureen Holland, Jim Kwartnik, Robert Magovern, Mariah Passarelli

Left to right: Matt Needy, Bryan Caccavale and Cullen Glass (Photo: HII)

Newport News Shipbuilding Announces Leadership Changes

and material logistics functions across Newport News.Glass joined HII in 2019 as corporate director of enterprise transformation before joining the Newport News supply chain team. Prior to joining HII, he spent 18 years at Honeywell, including leadership roles in planning, manufacturing, information technology, logistics, order management and supply chain. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota

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Hornblower Names Peakes EVP and CFO

the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Peakes will report to Kevin Rabbitt, chief executive officer, Hornblower Group.As Hornblower Group’s CFO, Peakes will oversee the company’s global shared services functions of finance and accounting, human resources, information technology and marine operations.“I am excited to welcome Adam to the Hornblower family and work with him as a trusted partner,” said Kevin Rabbitt, chief executive officer, Hornblower Group. “Adam’s more than 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions and financings

Rebecca Chhim (Photo: NUWC Division Newport)

NUWC Newport Names Chhim Head of the Undersea Warfare Combat Systems

she provided technical leadership and oversight to ensure long-term stewardship of NUWC Division Newport’s technical capabilities, with a focus on the cybersecurity USW engineering thrust.Prior to that, as the deputy department head for cybersecurity, Chhim led NUWC Division Newport’s information technology (IT), digital modernization and 100% risk management framework efforts, and was triple-hatted, also serving as activity chief information officer and acting head of the IT division. Most notably during this time, she initiated a major modernization effort to upgrade NUWC Division Newport'

Mitchell Duplantis (Photo: DSC Dredge)

DSC Dredge Hires Duplantis in IT Role

DSC Dredge announced it has welcomed Mitchell Duplantis as the newest member of its information technology (IT) team.As a former IT support analyst and helpdesk specialist, Duplantis brings experience in applying technical and problem-solving skills to improve both team and organizational performance and the ability to leverage existing technology with internal resources to facilitate DSC achieving its technological goals. He joined DSC Dredge on October 26, 2021As IT specialist for DSC, Duplantis supports the company’s network and technology operations, ensuring the department provides efficient

Ben Weithman (Photo: Ports of Indiana)

Weithman Named Director of Ports of Indiana-Mount Vernon

;s tenants for four years, Consolidated Grain & Barge, as a grain merchandiser. Wiethman holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master of business administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Indiana. Ports of Indiana has also hired Doug Mitchell as the information technology manager. He will coordinate and lead all computer-related activities. He had been POI’s IT consultant since 2019. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two children. Additionally, Erica Jackson has

Jason K. Sutton (Photo: HII)

Sutton Named Chief Information Officer at Newport News

America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on Friday that Jason Sutton has been promoted to chief information officer for its Newport News Shipbuilding division, effective June 21.Sutton will be responsible for all aspects of information technology to enable Newport News to establish IT priorities and meet strategic objectives. Sutton will guide the day-to-day leadership of all information systems, while ensuring the appropriate alignment to enterprise cybersecurity and IT goals. Additionally, he will lead the HII enterprise cybersecurity

Rebecca Chhim (Photo: NAVSEA)

NUWC Division Newport Names Chhim Director of Cybersecurity for Undersea Warfare

just nice to have?”Chhim has served many roles at Division Newport since then, so many that she does not remember a time when she was not in the cyber and technology space, she said. As deputy department head for cybersecurity, she also provided technical leadership in the command’s information technology (IT) and 100% risk management framework (RMF) efforts. She concurrently served as the command’s chief information officer (CIO) and acting head of the IT Division, overseeing the daily IT and cybersecurity operations of Division Newport and its detachments.Chhim worked in Division Newport&rs

Elliott Bay Design Group Hires Cardella, Laduke

floating wind turbine concepts for the emerging renewable energy market. Joseph has a Bachelor of Science in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of New Orleans.Jacob Laduke joins the team as the IT manager and is based out of the Seattle office. He will manage the information technology of the company, while developing strategic objectives, adapting evolving software and hardware, and supporting day to day business and application functions. Laduke has worked in the IT field for 16 years, most recently with FEMA, and brings a wealth of knowledge in computer systems and network

The maritime education baton held by Safmarine following its 25-year investment in the Lawhill Maritime Centre at Simon’s Town School, will pass onto Maersk as of 2021. (Photo: Maersk)

Maersk Supports Maritime Education in South Africa

others.Over the years the Centre has helped thousands of students embark on careers in the industry, either at sea or ashore in ships’ agencies, clearing and forwarding, shipbroking and in transport and logistics. Many others have been successful in various fields, including Medicine and Information Technology, but yet have the essential maritime background against which the global economy operates.Jonathan Horn, Maersk’s Area Managing Director for Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, reconfirmed Maersk’s commitment to supporting Lawhill into the future: “Education and knowledge

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Gibbs & Cox Hires Hobbs as Chief Information Officer

Naval architecture and marine engineering firm Gibbs & Cox announced Brian Hobbs has joined the company as Chief Information Officer. In his new role, Hobbs will provide executive leadership and oversight of the full spectrum of corporate information technology infrastructure, security, end user services, people and processes."With the cyber landscape constantly evolving and threats becoming increasingly more sophisticated, Brian's experience will help us and our clients increase resiliency and securely achieve the next generation of cyber capabilities," said Chris Deegan, President

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Ransomware: The IT Danger on the Horizon

that this threat will only get worse.So how does this affect the maritime industry? And how should a global business network struggling with technology integration across the board deal with this aggressive mode of attack?Over the last 10 years, the integration of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) systems in the maritime environment has accelerated dramatically. Onboard ships, modern network technologies allow for greater control and monitoring of engineering and mechanical systems, leading to increased reliability and efficiency for vessel operators. For ports and other infrastructure

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Lee Named GNS Chief Executive

effect from January 15,  2020. Kent’s appointment follows the acquisition of GNS by the Cornes Group in November 2019. He succeeds Paul Stanley, who led GNS from 2014 until its acquisition by Cornes.During the last 25 years, Kent has held a number of senior executive positions in the information technology industry with wide international exposure. In 2012, he co-founded CloudRadigm, a company focused on the R&D of an AI-driven intuitive analytics engine and the development of a simplified ERP solution that enables businesses with mobile workforces to operate more effectively. Prior to

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