Movers and Shakers


Ferretti S.p.A. named Giancarlo Galeone, group shareholder and director, its new CEO after the sudden death of Salvatore Basile. Galeone was CEO of the Ferretti Group from 1995-2006.

"At a time of such sorrow for our group, which shares the profound grief of Mr. Basile's wife and family, the appointment of Giancarlo Galeone will guarantee the best company and strategic continuity for Ferretti Group," Ferretti Group chairman and founder Norberto Ferretti says in a statement.

Pelican Products appointed Jeff Cushing vice president of information technology.


Cushing brings several years of information systems management experience to the position. He is responsible for leading Pelican's information technology department, which serves the project management, information security, telecommunications and infrastructure of the company's global operations. He is also responsible for the rollout and management of SAP, the company's enterprise resource planning software.

Cushing previously held positions at Hughes Aircraft, IBM, Farmers Insurance Group, Archive Inc. and Most recently, he was director of information technology at LRN, a provider of online business ethics education programs for Fortune 1000 companies.

Nautic Global Group announced that the company's chief financial officer, Michael Kitson, will succeed CEO Robert Moran.

Moran, who is leaving his executive role with Nautic Global to pursue new opportunities closer to his home and family in Texas, will stay on as a member of the company's board.

Kitson has more than 20 years of leadership experience at public and private manufacturers. Before joining Nautic Global in 2010, he was president of Utilimaster Corp., a commercial vehicle manufacturer. Prior to joining Utilimaster in 1999, Kitson held financial roles during a 10-year career with Lilly Industries, a publicly traded manufacturer of paint and coatings for OEMs.

David Holley, who led the U.S. expansion of marine logistics provider Peters & May, was named chief executive of the U.K.-based Peters & May group of companies.

Holley will have overall responsibility for Peters & May Ltd., Peters & May USA Inc. and Peters & May Global Logistics Ltd.

Anna Colavitti was promoted to take over the general manager responsibilities.

In 2008, Holley came to Chicago from the U.K. office as managing director of Peters & May USA. He helped secure contracts with boatbuilders, including Larson Boats, PBH Marine Group, Correct Craft and Viking Yacht Co. He also was the driving force behind Peters & May Racing.

Colavitti has 16 years of experience in the logistics sector. She previously worked at Sentek International and was general manager/operations manager at Air & Ocean Shipping Inc., which was subsequently acquired and renamed Peters & May USA Inc.

She rose rapidly from operations director to general manager. She also will oversee the company's Fort Lauderdale office.

Yamaha Marine Group recently announced several promotions, including three to division manager positions.

Bob Popiel was promoted to division manager. Popiel started with Yamaha in December 2005 as department manager, technical training, customer assistance and product quality. In March 2008, he was promoted to assistant division manager of marine service. In his new role he will lead the entire marine service department.

Mark Tracy, formerly assistant division manager of marine OEM sales, was promoted to division manager. A 12-year Yamaha veteran, Tracy has held positions within the company that include district marketing manager for the Southwestern United States, district marketing manager for the east coast of Florida and Eastern regional manager for the dealer sales group.

Kyle Rippe, formerly assistant division manager of marine finance and accounting, was promoted to division manager. A 14-year Yamaha employee, Rippe previously held positions within Yamaha Motor Corp. in Cypress, Calif., in the cash department, financial planning and financial reporting/consolidation.

Adam Hall, formerly assistant regional manager of OEM sales, was promoted to regional manager. Hall, who began his career at Yamaha in December 2002 as a dealer sales coordinator for the Northeast and Midwest regions, will report directly to Tracy and will manage OEM accounts in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and New England.

David Meeler, former product marketing information manager, is now a propeller specialist. Meeler has been with the company for more than 10 years and has held positions in the service, parts and accessories and marine marketing divisions. In his new position, Meeler's responsibilities will include marketing, analysis, development and training for all Yamaha propeller brands.

Dometic Marine recently appointed Dan White account manager for aftermarket sales in Florida.


White will be based at Dometic's Pompano Beach  office, and will have the responsibility of further strengthening sales and supporting aftermarket customers in the region.

Previously an engineering product manager at Dometic, White brings technical knowledge to his new role. His experience at the company includes test engineering, manufacturing, customer support and new-product development.

Navico, parent of the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands, hired John Schweitzer as its new regional sales manager for Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Based in Houston, Schweitzer will drive sales and support dealers, distributors and retail customers for the full suite of Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G products. He also will work with Simrad Yachting professional accounts in the U.S. Gulf region.

Prior to joining Navico, Schweitzer was a regional sales manager with Southern Petroleum Laboratories. He has more than 30 years of experience in sales management, marketing and the manufacture of measurement and control products in the oil and gas industry.

Schweitzer previously worked with Navico as a member of its pro staff, and has represented several boat brands and fishing and tackle companies.

This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue.


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