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Johnson Outdoors named two new people to its Geonav management staff.

Dan Ritchie is the new national sales manager and is responsible for sales management and forecasting, as well as channel programs and promotions for the Americas. Ritchie has an extensive marine sales and management background. He was previously employed by Raymarine, Russo Marine and the Coast Guard.

George Irish is the new national service manager and is in charge of managing product support, field technical and applications support, and service and warranty policies. Irish previously worked for Navico/Northstar Technologies.

"The experience of both Dan Ritchie and George Irish adds strength to our staff. They are taking on important roles as we prepare to make a major brand and product launch for Geonav in the Americas this fall," Bruce Angus, business director for Geonav, said in a statement. "We are introducing a complete line of marine electronics products that will provide boaters the opportunity to put together innovative, stylish and ergonomically designed navigation systems."

Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics consists of the Geonav, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Cannon brands.

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Ocean Signal appointed Mark Day as its global sales and marketing manager.

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Prior to joining Ocean Signal, he was European sales manager for McMurdo.

"This is an exciting opportunity for me to be involved with a company from its launch to market, being able to influence both growth and direction," Day said in a statement. "The initial product range from Ocean Signal is not only a strong offering within the market sector, but the specifications set new standards for safety and communication products worldwide."

An avid sailor and sailing instructor with an RYA Yachtmaster certification, Day participated in the 1998-99 Clipper Round the World yacht race.

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