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Textron Financial Corp. names Shelley Wilson senior VP of marketing; John Wooldridge is new editor-in-chief of PassageMaker magazine Textron Financial Corp., a Textron Inc. company, has named Shelley Wilson senior vice president of marketing. Wilson replaces Adele Suddes, who is joining Textron Inc. as executive director of customer leadership.

Wilson will plan and direct all aspects of the company’s marketing policies, objectives and initiatives, as well as oversee the management of positioning and promotional activities for the company’s products and services. She also will collaborate with divisional marketing and sales managers to develop and implement business plans and strategies.

With more than 20 years marketing experience, Wilson joined Textron Inc. in 2005 as director of customer leadership. Prior to that, she held leadership roles with Check Point Software Technologies Inc., Oblix, Inc. and Symantec Corp.

She is a graduate of the Stanford/AEA Institute for the Management of High Technology Companies.

Wilson has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. She is a certified Textron Six Sigma Green Belt and has attended Textron’s executive leadership program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as the company’s growth leadership program at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

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John Wooldridge has been named the new editor-in-chief of PassageMaker: The Trawler & Ocean Motorboat Magazine. Wooldridge joined the magazine in January as executive editor after serving as managing editor for Yachting and Motor Boating magazines.

Wooldridge takes the helm from Bill Parlatore, who will begin edging toward retirement by stepping back from his overall responsibilities at PassageMaker and moving into a new role as founding editor-at-large. In 1995 Parlatore and his wife, Laurene, started the magazine, now owned by Dominion Enterprises, the parent company of Soundings Publications.

“As a lifelong boater and cruiser, I am thrilled at the chance to work more closely with our readers and with the expert staff of this highly focused, well-defined publication to further the growth of our distance-cruising lifestyle,” Wooldridge said in a statement.

“PMM defines and leads this marine industry niche, and continues to grow and prosper in these tough economic times,” publisher and general manager Rob Dorfmeyer said in a statement. “Both the print and digital editions of PassageMaker and the in-person Trawler Fest event series are the leading source of industry knowledge and information for our growing magazine and online communities.”

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