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Featured People — July 2016 Issue

Mike Theobald
Mike Theobald
Jo Christian Oterhals
Jo Christian Oterhals
WFS Technology Ltd. has appointed Mike Theobald as project director for Southeast Asia and Australia. Theobald brings more than 25 years’ experience in the subsea industry with a core discipline in subsea control systems. He has achieved notable firsts in the oil industry, namely the early development of all-electric subsea systems and Subsea HIPPS.

Jo Christian Oterhals has been named chairman of Ocean Hub. Oterhals has extensive experience as a manager of digital media companies. He will bring the company into a more visible and scalable phase, enabling users to more efficiently connect and interact.

Jerome Best has been hired as vice president of business development for Seaward Services. Best brings more than 20 years’ experience, with more than seven years of executive experience in business development of government services.

Northern Lights, Inc. has appointed Kevin Kyle as area manager for the Great Lakes and Inland Waterways region. Kyle has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry and will serve the needs of boat builders, architects, captains and end-users. The market area includes commercial, military and government vessels, private yachts and trawlers in the U.S. and Canada.

Sergio de Frutos has joined Ibercisa as director of the technology and systems department. De Frutos has more than 15 years’ experience and will manage I+D+i for drives and controls and commissioning in collaboration with the product development and operations department.

Seaborne Communications has appointed Simon Gutteridge as business development director. Gutteridge brings more than 30 years’ experience in maritime sales and conference activities.

Christopher J. Wiernicki has been inducted to the International Maritime Hall of Fame. The chairman, president and CEO of ABS, Wiernicki has more than 20 years’ of service and also serves as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies.

OceanLED has named Jim Deheer as director of marketing. Deheer has more than 20 years’ experience in the marine industry. He will be responsible for all of the marketing and communication activities.

Xin Lian has joined BIRNS, Inc. as manufacturing engineer. Lian will be responsible for writing detailed work instructions, operation procedures and job travelers for all production operations. The role will also include collaborating with the company’s manufacturing, engineering and quality leadership to plan, direct and streamline production.


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