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Jeppesen Marine announced company changes within its Massa, Italy, branch and a new hire for the Americas. The company's worldwide product management organization will be consolidated under Francesco Altamura as the new senior light marine project manager. Previously in service and product management for 15 years, Altamura will work out of Massa and oversee the market introduction of new products and services.

In another move, Andrea Buralli transitioned from European market management to the newly established position of Global Light Marine marketing manager and will work with Altamura out of the Massa office. Buralli's position will be filled by Gianluca Tucci, who will continue to oversee Jeppesen Marine's original equipment manufacturer business as well as charting products and services.

Scott MacDonald joins the company as an American market manager. Working out of Florida, MacDonald will be responsible for introducing key products in the United States and surrounding areas.

Chuck Baier was named the new sales and marketing manager for Dozier's Waterway Guide. He will be responsible for continuing to refine and promote the Waterway Guide brand, which includes six cruising guides. Baier has almost 40 years of experience in the marine industry with marine management, yacht brokering, sales and service, and is an occasional contributor to Soundings magazine, Trade Only's sister publication.

Turkish boatbuilder Vicem Yachts appointed Dirk Boehmer president of Vicem Yachts USA, the company's U.S. sales and service operation.

Boehmer comes to Vicem with more than 15 years of managerial and sales experience in the global consumer retail and marine industries. Prior to joining Vicem, he was sales director for Bertram Yachts in Miami.

"Vicem has presented me with a tremendous opportunity, and I am excited about leading Vicem to a new level of success in the U.S. marketplace," Boehmer said in a statement.

Boehmer earned bachelor's degrees in business administration and German from Indiana (Pa.) University in 1994 and the following year was named European account manager for Dorian Drake International. In 1997, he joined Brunswick Corp. as international sales manager for Sea Ray Boats.

In 2000, while with Sea Ray, Boehmer earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee. In 2003 he became vice president of North American sales for Vancouver, British Columbia-based Walker Bay Boats.

Peter Dawkins, founder and principal of ShiningStar Capital and a brigadier general in the U.S. Army (retired), joined Iridium Communications' board of directors.

Prior to founding his current firm, Dawkins was vice chairman of Global Wealth Management for Citigroup, vice chairman of the Citigroup Private Bank, and executive vice president and vice chairman of Travelers Insurance during an 11-year tenure with the firm.

From 1991-1996, he served as chairman and CEO of Primerica Financial Services and earlier served as head of the U.S. consulting practice of Bain & Company. During his military career, Dawkins served as military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense and was selected as a White House Fellow.

"A proven leader in business and the military, Gen. Dawkins brings outstanding credentials to Iridium," Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a statement. "We look forward to benefiting from his insights and experience as we build our capital base and embark on the development of our next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT."

Dawkins is a 1959 graduate of West Point, where he won All-American honors as a football player and was the 1958 recipient of the Heisman Trophy as the nation's top college fooball player. He has a doctorate and a master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University from 1959-62. In 1963, Time magazine identified him as one of the "Top 50 Leaders in the U.S." In 2006, he received the Horatio Alger Award.

Benjamin Ford was recently admitted to the Maine State Bar Association and joined the law firm of Verrill Dana.

While in law school, Ford focused on the intersection of the marine industry and law. He researched and wrote on such legal topics as environmental compliance, copyright infringement, negligence liability and construction contracts - issues that present challenges to the marine industry.

Prior to his legal career, Ford worked for West Marine, beginning in sales and progressing to management.

Ford can be reached at (207) 774-4000 or

Verrill Dana is a full-service law firm with more than 100 attorneys conducting a nationwide practice from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine, Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Washington, D.C.

Brunswick Corp. named Andrew E. Graves president of the Brunswick Boat Group. Graves most recently served as president of US Marine and Outboard Boats for Brunswick and will also now have responsibility for the operations of Sea Ray and Meridian. He will continue to report to Brunswick chairman and CEO Dustan E. McCoy.

"Since joining Brunswick in 2005, Andy has consistently demonstrated his leadership capabilities and foresight in helping to direct the transformation of our boat operations and manufacturing footprint, while skillfully guiding a large portion of our brand portfolio through the most challenging marine market in decades," McCoy said in a statement.

In other news, Brunswick also announced it named Robert J. Parmentier president of the Sea Ray Group and Terry D. McNew executive vice president of product development and engineering, manufacturing and quality, concentrating on Sea Ray, Bayliner and Meridian.

Parmentier most recently was executive vice president of Sea Ray, overseeing a range of responsibilities, including the Meridian yacht brand, which was integrated into Sea Ray in 2008. Parmentier will retain responsibility for the Meridian brand, as well as assume P&L responsibility for Sea Ray.

McNew most recently was senior vice president of product development and engineering. McNew has spent most of his 20-plus years in the boating industry with Sea Ray, beginning his career at Brunswick's PD&E facility in Merritt Island, Fla. He progressed through several manufacturing roles before assuming the position of Sea Ray vice president of manufacturing in 2001. He left the company in 2004 to become president and CEO of Correct Craft Boats in Orlando, Fla., returning to Brunswick in 2006.

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue.



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