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McDonald Promoted to EVP at Ingram Industries Inc.

Ingram Industries Inc. announced the promotion of Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Eleanor McDonald to Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Secretary, effective July 1.   Orrin H. Ingram, President and Chief Executive Officer, commended Ms. McDonald’s accomplishments during her tenure at Ingram and added, “Eleanor is the right person at the right time to lead our legal efforts at Ingram and has exhibited the type of tested, collegial leadership which will make her a valuable and integral part of the senior team.” She joined Ingram in 2006 as Assistant General Counsel, and before that was in private law practice in Nashville concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, commercial finance transactions and general corporate matters.   Ms. McDonald received her juris doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.    Ms. McDonald will succeed Bill Morelli, who will retire after 22 years with the company. Mr. Ingram thanked Mr. Morelli for his long service and extraordinary contributions to the Company and to the Ingram family. Mr. Ingram said, “Bill has provided exceptional legal counsel and trusted leadership during his tenure at Ingram

Mead Promoted at Crowley

Crowley Maritime promoted Art Mead to Senior Vice President and General Counsel effective January 1. He will remain in Jacksonville and will report to Bill Pennella, Crowley's Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President. Mead will have corporate wide responsibility for all legal matters. As general counsel, Mead ensures that the business practices, policies and dealings of the corporation and its affiliates meet regulatory requirements protecting Crowley from adverse legal action

Nelson Named MARAD Chief Counsel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced the appointment of Julie Nelson as Chief Counsel for the Department’s Maritime Administration. “Julie brings the right combination of experience to the job,” said Acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian. “Her experience in industry and her credentials in the field of Maritime and Admiralty Law give her a solid understanding of the work we do here,” he said.

Lundstrom Joins Tidewater

Tidewater Inc. said that Bruce D. Lundstrom has joined Tidewater as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Lundstrom, who will report to Chairman, President and CEO Dean Taylor, will be responsible for the Legal, Insurance and Human Relations/Benefits staffs of the company, and will also act as Tidewater's Chief Compliance Officer. He joins Tidewater following a ten-year career within the oil and gas industry. In his most recent position at Prisma Energy International Inc

Northrop Grumman Promotes VPs

Northrop Grumman Corporation appointed two vice presidents to key positions in its newly formed Shipbuilding sector, effective immediately. George Simmerman, Jr. will serve as vice president, assistant general counsel and sector counsel, and Jerri Fuller Dickseski will serve as sector vice president of communications. Simmerman is based in Pascagoula, Miss. and Dickseski is based in Newport News, Va.

Rune Olav Pedersen Takes Over Corporate Communications in PGS

  PGS' General Counsel Rune Olav Pedersen's role is expanded to also include the following departments from Corporate communications; investor relations (IR), internal and external communications, corporate marketing and customer relations. He will now have the position General Counsel and SVP Communications and Marketing and will continue to report to CEO Jon Erik Reinhardsen.   Bård Stenberg is appointed VP Corporate Communications, responsible for IR

Atlantic Marine Executive To Head SCA

Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr., Vice President of Atlantic Marine Holding Company, was elected Chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). Mr. Vinyard will replace outgoing Chairman Bruce Croushore, VP and General Counsel, Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. Cherrie Felder, Channel Shipyards, New Orleans was elected Vice Chairwoman. SCA is the largest and most broadly-based national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry

Wikborg Rein Recruits LNG Specialist

Joe McGladdery

International law firm Wikborg Rein has recruited Joe McGladdery as a partner in its London office.   McGladdery joins from Qatar Gas Transport Company Limited (Nakilat) where he acted as the company's General Counsel and as a board member for a number of its subsidiary companies and joint ventures.  He was responsible for developing Nakilat’s legal and insurance department and formed part of the senior management team which oversaw the expansion of the company into the

WSC CEO Koch to Retire in 2015

Chris Koch (Photo: WSC)

Chris Koch, current president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC), will retire from his position on July 31, 2015, and WSC Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, John Butler, will assume that position on August 1 of next year. Following his retirement as president, Koch will continue to support the council in a senior advisory capacity.   In announcing the personnel changes, Chairman of the WSC Board of Directors, Ron Widdows, said

Port of Portland Welcomes New Commissioners

Alice Cuprill-Coma

  The Port of Portland Commission today welcomed new commissioners Alice Cuprill-Comas and Gary Young. Both were earlier nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed the Oregon State Senate. Alice Cuprill-Comas Cuprill-Comas of Portland is a transactional lawyer, and is currently legal counsel at Oregon Health & Science University. A member of the Oregon, Washington and Texas State bars, she was in private practice for more than 15 years, most recently as a partner at Ater, Wynne

Foss Hires VP, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Foss Maritime announced that Lam Q. Nguyen-Bull has joined the company as the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer.   Based in Seattle, Nguyen-Bull will lead Foss's Legal and Risk Management Group, where in addition to providing counsel on legal issues and business

Seaspan Announces Senior Management Changes

  Seaspan Corporation announced that Sai Chu, Chief Financial Officer, has informed of his resignation and retirement from Seaspan effective November 6, 2015, after more than 10 years' of service with Seaspan and related entities. Gerry Wang, Chief Executive Officer

Cohen Retires from ExxonMobil, McCarron to Takeover

Ken Cohen Courtesy ExxonMobil

  Ken Cohen, vice president, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation, has announced his intention to retire effective Jan. 1, 2016, after more than 38 years of service. It is anticipated that the board of directors will elect Suzanne McCarron as vice president

U.S. loses WTO Appeal in Mexican Tuna Dispute

Courtesy WTO

  The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body ruled against the United States on Friday in a dispute with Mexico over tuna labelling, upholding an earlier ruling issued in April that found U.S. rules discriminated against Mexico. "The Appellate Body concludes that the United States

HII Board of Directors Elects Two VPs

Kellye Walker (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) board of directors has elected Kellye Walker to serve as corporate vice president and general counsel and Charles R. “Chuck” Monroe Jr. to serve as corporate vice president, associate general counsel and secretary

Cummins' Carter to Retire

Pamela Carter (Photo courtesy: Cummins)

Cummins Inc. announced that Distribution Business President Pamela Carter, the first woman to lead one of the company's four main business units, will retire April 1. Carter, who became Indiana's first African American woman Attorney General in 1993, has been with Cummins since 1997

Wikborg Rein & Co: Oil Prices Won't Impact Dual-Fuel LNG Carriers

   Joe McGladdery (Photo courtesy of Wikborg Rein & Co)

Joe McGladdery, a partner with the London law offices of Wikborg Rein & Co, says that, while falling oil prices have exerted pressure on the LNG charter markets, the new generation of low-speed, dual-fuel LNG carriers now in service and on order remain an attractive option for owners and

Crowley Joins the Trident Alliance

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Crowley Maritime Corp. announced its membership in the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in robust enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations. In joining, Crowley said it has signed a statement of commitment

Intertanko Protests Nigeria Tanker Ban

Photo: Intertanko

 Intertanko has issued a strong protest against Nigeria's decision to ban 113 tankers from its coast.   Nigeria's state oil company NNPC has recently banned 113 oil tankers from the country's waters, citing a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari

INTERTANKO Demands End to Nigeria Tanker Blacklist

A ban on 113 oil tankers by Nigerian state oil company NNPC must be lifted immediately as no grounds have been given for the measure, the global oil tanker industry association said in a letter of protest. NNPC issued a letter on July 15, citing a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari

Wärtsilä Scrubbers for Finnlines Vessels

A total of nine Finnlines vessels have now been contracted to be fitted with Wärtsilä scrubber systems (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Finnlines, a Ro-Ro and passenger vessel operator with services in the North and Baltic Seas, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply three vessels with exhaust cleaning scrubber systems. The deal marks a repeat order for Wärtsilä

General Counsel Sjöbring Quits Transocean

Lars Sjobring

  Transocean Ltd. today announced that Lars Sjöbring, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has informed Transocean that he will be leaving the company. Mr. Sjöbring has agreed to aid in the search for a replacement, but will resign no later than December 31, 2015.

Seaspan Appoints Three to its Executive Team

Vancouver Shipyards (Photo: Seaspan)

Seaspan, an association of Canadian companies primarily involved in coastal and deepsea transportation, bunkering, ship repair and shipbuilding services, named three senior leaders to its corporate executive team, the company announced today.  

Nigeria's Oil Exports Under Threat

Nigeria's latest effort to combat theft could imperil its oil income lifeline, compounding the damage the crude price fall has done to its finances, access to dollars and imports. Oil traders and shipping brokers said a newly implemented "letter of comfort" requirement under which

HMS Announces Management Hires

Steve Carlson (Photo: Harley Marine Services)

Marine services company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has expanded its management team, naming Don Martin as Vice President and General Counsel and Steve Carlson as Vice President of Engineering, the company announced today.   Prior to joining Harley Marine

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