Changing Places

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Harken Yacht Equipment announced several appointments to its leadership team.

Harken Italy’s general manager Giampaolo Spera was named CEO for Harken Global Operations. Spera, an 18-year veteran of the company, will also continue as Harken Italy’s general manager.

Andrea Merello was named Harken Italy’s vice general manager. Merello has been with Harken for 13 years and, prior to becoming Harken Italy’s vice GM, served as Harken Italy’s technical director.

Harken’s commercial manager Bill Goggins was named CEO of Harken USA. Goggins has been with Harken for 10 years and, prior to becoming Harken USA’s CEO, was the company’s commercial manager. He is currently president of Sail America, the U.S. sailing industry association.

Bob Sweet will continue as Harken’s Global CFO and will now report to Spera.

Peter and Olaf Harken will continue to own the business and remain active in the company in their roles as co-chairmen of the board of directors.

Harken, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wis., Harken manufactures in the United States and Italy.

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