Marine Contractors Association Hires Alan Melia as Technical Diving Adviser
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has announced the appointment of Alan Melia as Technical Adviser – Diving. As a
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Ocean Industries Association Appoints New VP of Government and Political Affairs
Tim Charters has been promoted to vice president of governmental and political affairs at the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA). 
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Sean Newsome Hired as the New Business Development Director at Deep Trekker
Deep Trekker Inc. has hired Sean Newsome as its director of business development, a newly established position within the company
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Teledyne Optech Hires New Business Development Director
Teledyne Optech hired Martin Flood as director of business development to expand the reach of the Teledyne Optech product portfolio
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The late Edwin A. Link, a driving force behind Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, has been inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Link was a pioneer in aviation, underwater archeology and submersibles and inventor of the Link flight simulator. Link helped to create Harbor Branch as an independent research institution and designed tools to explore marine environments, including the Johnson-Sea-Link submersibles.

RBR Ltd. has hired Gavin Scandlyn as its business development manager to be based in New Zealand and primarily involved in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. Scandlyn has lived and worked in Japan, South Korea and Australia, and has a background in business communications, marketing and sales.

Trevor Hughes has been named business development officer at the International Geomatics Group. Hughes brings more than 30 years of experience in the U.K., Middle East and the Americas with Racal, Thales and Ashtech. Hughes will focus on the DGNSS service line and the Hemisphere Atlas technology.

ORPC Inc. has hired Alexandre Paris as president and CEO of its Québec subsidiary, Énergies Marines Renouvelables Québécoises Inc. (EMARQ). Paris was most recently senior manager of growth and innovation at Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ. He has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia.

EOM Offshore LLC has appointed John Flynn and Flynn Technical Solutions LLC as its representative in the Southeastern U.S. to focus on data transmission and management of moored buoy systems. Flynn’s background is in technical sales and marketing for marine interconnect, instrumentation, imaging, software, vehicles and anti-biofouling coatings products throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has promoted Justin Williams to the position of senior director of digital and public affairs. Williams is responsible for media relations on legislative issues and staffs NOIA’s Public Affairs and Education Committee. The NOIA Board of Directors has elected John Gellert, the CEO of SEACOR Marine Holdings, as chairman and Richard Clark, a founder of Deep Gulf Energy, as vice chairman for the 2018 to 2019 term.



Larry Mayer
Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for development of techniques and technologies for coastal, Arctic and ocean floor mapping. Mayer has a broad background in marine geology and geophysics, with research in sonar imaging, remote characterization of the seafloor and advanced applications of 3D visualization to ocean mapping.

Russell Petrucci
EBL Products appointed Russell Petrucci as director of business development. Petrucci has 34 years of experience, including: piezoelectric and optical materials and transducer design and manufacturing; product and account management; and business development in the medical, industrial, power ultrasonics, and oil and gas industries.

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.