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Featured People — June 2014 Issue

Photo of  Les Dawson
Dawson
Photo of  Nancy Gonzales
Gonzales
Les Dawson is now chairman of the board of directors for 3sun Group (Great Yarmouth, England). Dawson’s career spans 40 years and includes a variety of high-profile positions in the utilities industry. His role as chairman will underpin the company’s growth plans.

Nancy Gonzales has been promoted to branch manager of the Chula Vista, California, location of Valve Automation & Controls (VAC), a subsidiary of W&O Supply (Jacksonville, Florida). Gonzales began her career at VAC in 1993 and celebrated 20 years with the company in 2013.

The Fort Pierce, Florida-based Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation (HBOIF) board of directors recently named Katha Kissman as its president and CEO, effective July 1, 2014. Kissman has served as HBOIF’s interim executive director for the past seven months, and has provided leadership and organizational development consulting for a variety of organizations.

Hawboldt Industries Ltd. (Chester, Candada), a member of the Timberland Group, announced the hiring of Reed Okawa as business development manager, marine crane division. Okawa brings more than 35 years of experience in crane design sales and service to Hawboldt. He will also be able to assist customers with core product lines and is based near Seattle, Washington.

Sudhakar Karkera is the newest member of the sales team for Industrial Safety Technologies (The Woodlands, Texas). Karkera will focus on the Middle East region where he has more than 17 years of experience serving the instrumentation, automation, and gas and flame detection markets. He brings a strong technical background.

Shannon Lewis has been hired as system sales manager, and Andrew Ziegwied has been appointed vice president of ocean science and system sales for MacArtney (Esbjerg, Denmark). Lewis will be a part of the Gulf of Mexico operations in Houston, Texas, and Ziegwied will support all North American sales offices.

The Barack Obama Administration named Dr. Richard W. Spinrad as NOAA’s chief scientist. An internationally recognized scientist and executive with more than 30 years of experience, Spinrad will be the senior scientist for the agency, driving policy and program direction for science and technology priorities.

Adm. Bob Papp was relived as the U.S. Coast Guard commandant by Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. The change of command ceremony took place at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters on the St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington, D.C.

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