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Woodruff Named American Maritime Partnership President

Matt Woodruff

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) today announced the election of Matt Woodruff of Kirby Corporation as its new President. He succeeds Thomas A. Allegretti, President & CEO of The American Waterways Operators. “Leading the American Maritime Partnership – which speaks for the half a million American men and women whose employment depends on the domestic maritime industry – is a great honor. Our vibrant domestic maritime industry is an essential foundation for America’s economic, national, and homeland security,” Woodruff said.

New President at Embarcadero Systems

Embarcadero Systems Corp. (ESC), a division of MTC Holdings and global provider of innovative transportation technology solutions, has announced the appointment of Richard Beedenbender as its new president, replacing Scott Skillman who left to pursue other opportunities.

Louisiana Association Picks New President

Louisiana's riverboat casino trade association chose Charles Barham, a former Ruston lawmaker, who served in the state Senate for 16 years, as its new president. Barham said one of his top priorities is to develop a positive image for the riverboat industry. He plans to launch a media campaign to inform the public about the positive effect of the riverboat gaming industry on the Louisiana economy. Louisiana's 13 riverboats paid $235 million in state taxes during the 1997-98 fiscal year, and the industry employs en estimated 14,060 workers.

Louisiana Association Picks New President

Louisiana's riverboat casino trade association chose Charles Barham, a former Ruston lawmaker, who served in the state Senate for 16 years, as its new president. Barham said one of his top priorities is to develop a positive image for the riverboat industry. He plans to launch a media campaign to inform the public about the positive effect of the riverboat gaming industry on the Louisiana economy. Louisiana's 13 riverboats paid $235 million in state taxes during the 1997-98 fiscal year, and the industry employs en estimated 14,060 workers.

Stevens Appoints New President

Photo: Stevens Towing Co.

The Board of Directors of Stevens Towing Co., Inc., elected W. Johnson Stevens, III, to serve as the new president of the company, succeeding his father, William J. “Bill” Stevens, Jr. Bill will serve as chairman of the board and as chief executive officer. The new posts reflect a planned leadership transition for the younger Stevens, son of the former president, to become the fourth generation of the Stevens family to head Stevens Towing. Johnson joined the company in 2007 and has served in a broad range of operations and management positions there over the years.

Obasanjo Insists on Bids For Nigerian Oil Blocks

Nigeria's new President Olusegun Obasanjo reportedly announced that future oil prospecting concessions would only be allocated through competitive bidding.

New President, CEO at Rickmers-Linie America

© Rickmers

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based specialist for liner services in breakbulk, heavy lift and project shipping, has appointed Wouter Huybrechts as the new President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc. Huybrechts took over for CEO and President Waldemar Poulsen, who left the company on September 18. As the new President and CEO of Rickmers-Linie (America) Inc, Huybrechts will manage and coordinate the development of Rickmers-Linie’s U.S. organization, driving its expansion throughout the Americas and further enhancing customer relations, the company said.

Grieg Named New President of the NSA

The Annual General Meeting of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) has elected Elisabeth Grieg, the Chief Executive of Grieg International AS, as the Association's new President. Grieg (48) was proposed unanimously by the election committee and succeeds Trygve Seglem of Knutsen OAS Shipping, who has been President for the last two years. Elisabeth Grieg is the first female president of the NSA. Thor Jørgen Guttormsen of Leif Høegh & Co in Oslo and Stig Remøy of Olympic Shipping AS in Fosnavåg were elected as new vice-presidents, having been NSA Board members for six and four years, respectively.

Aaron Smith Takes the Helm at OMSA

Aaron Smith (Photo: OMSA)

Aaron Smith has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Marine Services Association, Inc. (OMSA), the national trade association representing the U.S.-flag offshore workboat industry. Smith’s appointment follows the resignation of Ben Billings, who has led OMSA since 2013. Smith has held various positions in government and public affairs. He has been instrumental in the development of OSVDPA, a dynamic positioning certification authority for the OSV industry. Prior to that, he served in Washington, D.C.

MacGregor Appoints New President for U.S. Operation

The MacGregor Group has appointed Jack Finnegan as country manager/ president of MacGregor U.S.A., Inc. He took up his position at the beginning of August, and is based at the company’s New Jersey office. Finnegan succeeds John Albino, who will remain on MacGregor Inc.’s board of directors. Previously an executive in the new business development group of Drew Marine, a division of Ashland Specialty Chemical, Finnegan’s experience also includes time at Newport News Shipbuilding in global marketing and ship repair. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, with a B.S. in marine engineering, and has been active in the global marine industry for more than 30 years.

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus Elected Head of BIMCO

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus. Photo: BIMCO

Philippe Louis-Dreyfus will be BIMCO's new president for the next two years. Elected for two years, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, also former President of Armateurs de France, has outlined its mandate, from his speech at the Annual General Meeting of BIMCO: promoting fair trade practices, place ship in the heart of the work of the organization and reinforce the BIMCO leadership in various areas of the maritime sector, such as security, pollution and the environment. The new president sees Bimco's development of standard contracts and clauses as fundamental to Bimco's reputation…

WNI Oceanroutes Welcomes New President

WNI Oceanroutes welcomed its new president and CEO, Jeremy Usher in October. Usher spent five years with WNI Oceanroutes in various business management and technology roles, most recently as chief information officer. In 1998, he left the company to complete his MBA from Duke University and subsequently worked for a venture capital firm, a consulting firm and a new wireless telecommunications venture. “I am extremely pleased that Jeremy has returned to lead WNI’s American sales and global marine operations,” said WNI Group Global CEO, Hiro Ishibashi.

Omiya Named President of MHI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced that Hideaki Omiya, currently an MHI Representative Director and Senior Executive Vice President, was named the new President of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. The decision was made at the extraordinary meeting of the board of directors, held on January 29. He will assume the new position on April 1, 2008.

Multraship’s Muller Appointed President of ISU

Leendert Muller

Leendert Muller, managing director of leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship, has been appointed the new president of the International Salvage Union (ISU). The appointment was confirmed at the annual general meeting of the ISU in Hong Kong on October 24, 2013. Muller, who has been a member of the ISU Executive Committee since 2008, and vice-president since 2011, succeeds Andreas Tsavliris, who will continue as a member of the ISU Executive Committee.  John A Witte Jr., of Donjon Marine Co Inc., was confirmed as vice president of the ISU. multraship.com  

Glosten Names Springer as President

John Springer (Photo: Glosten)

Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy Glosten has appointed John Springer, PE as its new president. As Glosten’s fifth president since its founding in 1958, Springer takes over the role from the company’s fourth President John “Jay” Edgar, PE, and will have direct responsibility for strategic growth, business direction and client service. Springer has been with Glosten for 29 years. He previously managed the firms’ Naval Architecture Group from 1996 to 2003, served as Operations Director from 2004 to 2009 and most recently served on the Executive Management team.

Ringdal Appointed CEO at Odfjell SE

In accordance with his employment contract Terje Storeng (59) has elected to resign from his position as President/CEO of Odfjell SE, effective as from the Annual General Meeting on 3 May 2009. The Board of Directors has appointed Haakon Ringdal(54) as new President/CEO as from same date. Haakon Ringdal joined Odfjell in 2001 and holds the position as Chief Financial Officer of Odfjell SE.  (www.odfjell.com)

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Elects New President

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company announced the appointment of Mr. Walter J. Hartley Jr. (Joe) to the position of President and CEO. A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Hartley has an extensive background in the ship repair and conversion industry. His previous experience includes vice president at Atlantic Dry Dock in Jacksonville; president and CEO of Atlantic Marine in Mobile, Ala.; and president and CEO of S & H Land Corporation in Jacksonville.

New President Elected At ICCL

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), a trade organization representing the North American cruise industry, has appointed John A. Bastek as interim president. Bastek, who has served as ICCL vice president since January 1999, will be responsible for daily operations of the Association until a permanent replacement is named. He was named to the position after Cynthia A. Colenda, announced in November that she was stepping down as ICCL president, effective January 1, 2000.

New CEO for Aker Yards

Torstein Dale Sjøtveit has been appointed new president and CEO for Aker Yards ASA. Sjøtveit comes from the global industrial company Norsk Hydro, and brings a strong international top management experience. He will start in his new position with Aker Yards at the latest 1 September 2008.In March 2008, Aker Yards announced the start of a recruitment process for a new CEO. In the intermediate period, the chairman of the board of directors, Svein Sivertsen, has acted as CEO.

New President of the MacGregor Group

Olli Isotalo was named president of MacGregor. He was previously president of Bromma, the container spreader specialist belonging to Cargotec Corporation. Isotalo has an MSc in Engineering, and he has held different key positions in Kalmar, Cargotec’s container handling business area, since joining the company in 1993.

MHI Names New President

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) names Shunichi Miyanaga as the company's new President. The new president is currently an MHI Representative Director and Senior Executive Vice President. Hideaki Omiya, MHI's current President, will become Chairman of the company succeeding Kazuo Tsukuda, who will become Senior Corporate Advisor. Oct. Oct. 2000        President of MHI-HITACHI Metals Machinery, Inc. Apr. 2002        President of Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc. Jun. 2002        Retired from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Mar. 2006        Retired from the post of President of Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc. Apr. 2006        Senior Vice President, Deputy Head of Machinery Headquarters, â€¨ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Apr. Jun. Apr.

Bosch Rexroth Corp. Names New President & CEO

Bosch Rexroth Corporation has announced that Berend Bracht, former CEO of Bosch Rexroth China and former head of the company’s U.S. industrial hydraulics operation will take over as president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2007. Bracht replaces Wolfgang Dangel, who has led the U.S. subsidiary of the German-based company since April 2003. Dangel is leaving to accept a leadership position with the Schaeffler Group.

New President of STX Finland

Juha Heikinheimo has resigned from the position as President of STX Finland Oy. He will be replaced by Su-Jou Kim, who currently holds the position as Chairman of STX Finland. Su-Jou Kim will be temporary acting President of STX Finland. Despite significant improvements during the last few months, STX Finland is going through very challenging times - in particular at the Turku shipyard - following the delivery of the "Allure of the Seas" in October 2010. Compared with its high shipbuilding capacity for cruise ships…

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