Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has named Matt Strickler as Virginia’s next secretary of natural resources. He will oversee the departments of Conservation and Recreation; Environmental Quality; Game and Inland Fisheries and Historic Resources; the Virginia Marine Resources Commission; and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
Phoenix HSEQ Manager Preeti Mehta has joined the working committee on measuring barrier strength for the Center for Offshore Safety. Mehta is an experienced HSE leader with more than 17 years of regulatory, risk management, project management and HSE management systems knowledge.
The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) appointed Eugene Sanders as its new executive director. Sanders spent the past 36 years in upper management roles at for-profit and nonprofit associations.
NAVTOR appointed Anders Holme as chief technology officer. Holme is a veteran of many companies, including IBM, NOV, Aker Solutions and Lyse. Holme brings a wealth of business and software expertise and will manage teams working across offices in Egersund, Norway; Singapore; Japan; Sweden; Russia; the U.S.; and the U.K.
Teledyne Optech announced Michael Perdue as its new director of customer service. For the last seven years, Perdue served as field operations manager for Airborne Imaging, a Canadian LiDAR service provider, where he led specialized aerial LiDAR survey projects.
Chris Rodricks has been appointed in a business development role for the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) in their Middle East and India Region. Rodricks joined the India Steamship Company in 1971 as an 18-year-old cadet and has since worked for Essar Shipping, GAL Offshore, Seabulk Offshore and Seamec.
Jim Mosquera joined General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems as vice president and chief technology officer. Mosquera will be responsible for achieving strategic technical, business and financial objectives in support of technology, platform and next-generation product development. Mosquera will lead the development and management of technology roadmaps that execute growth opportunities.
Teledyne Oceanscience hired Vitad Pradith as technical sales manager. Pradith was previously the project lead for unmanned systems at HYPACK, where he successfully led the development of the NEXUS unmanned aerial LiDAR system.
Dr. Amy Wright of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute has been named one of two National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellows, the highest professional accolade for inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Wright’s research focuses marine natural products with potential uses against neurodegeneration, infectious diseases and cancer.
Greensea hired Matthew Parrilla as robotics engineer in its emerging technologies group to work on next-generation supervised autonomy and navigation and hired Karl Lander, previously with the U.S. Coast Guard, as account executive. Greensea also created two new positions: Marybeth Gilliam will be chief operating officer and Galal Hamdy will be vice president of business development and partnerships.