Changing Places

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kermet1016John Kermet was promoted to chief operating officer at Seakeeper.

He previously served as vice president of sales, marketing and service for the California, Md.-based manufacturer of gyro stabilization systems.

Kermet joined Seakeeper in 2008 as vice president of sales and marketing and was charged with commercializing the fledgling product worldwide. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and held sales and engineering roles in plastics and manufacturing. He co-founded a specialty packaging equipment company and oversaw its sales and marketing for 12 years before joining Seakeeper.

“John has demonstrated his professionalism and commitment to Seakeeper in managing our worldwide sales and service network and directing multiple company initiatives,” Seakeeper co-founder and CEO Shep McKenney said in a statement. “He understands the market and needs of our customers, our products and technology portfolio and our organization’s tremendous growth potential.”

“Seakeeper’s continued success, in a really tough economy, is a testament to the product and company behind it,” Kermet said in a statement. “As we push to the next phase of our growth I look forward to the opportunity of leading Seakeeper to our goal of becoming the world’s leading supplier of gyro stabilization systems.”

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Elenor Ekman was named global marketing manager for AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip, International and Interlux Yacht Coatings.

Ekman, formerly marketing manager for Interlux and Awlgrip North America, will be based in Houston.

“I am excited about the opportunities for our yacht coatings business worldwide,” Ekman said in a statement. “We have assembled a highly experienced team of marketing professionals across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Not one of our markets is the same and we are now better positioned to focus on the different needs of our customers, wherever they may be.”

The North America marketing team is now headed by Jim Seidel, who will continue to be based at the North America headquarters in Union, N.J.

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