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Industry veteran Ken Hall was named CEO of Maelstrom Marine to market its RipJet electric-powered jet drive.

Hall also will be scouting locations around Florida for a potential site for Maelstrom's manufacturing facility. The RipJet is a totally electric water propulsion motor that looks like a miniature aircraft jet turbine engine.

"We already have several PWC and boat manufacturers who've expressed interest in designing new watercraft around some of our prototype drives," Hall said in a statement. "The application for this product holds tremendous potential and will revolutionize the way propulsion systems are used."

Hall has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering, production operations, strategic finance and corporate management. His roots go back to Sea Ray's early days, when C.N. Ray was at the helm.

He "masterminded the turnaround" of fledgling lines such as Pro-Line Boats, Donzi Marine, Phoenix Yachts and SportCraft Boats, according to the company.

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Yakima, a manufacturer of vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping and winter sports gear, announced a reorganization of senior management.

Effective immediately, an executive management team will lead the company and report to C.S. Lin, chairman of Yakima's board and the owner of Kemflo International Ltd., which acquired Yakima in 2009.

This team will include Mark Reis, chief financial/operating officer; Ron Ten Berge, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Josh Creasman, vice president of operations and supply chain; and Richard Jeli, senior director of engineering.

The CEO position held by Jerry Heinlen will be eliminated.

"Each of these individuals has demonstrated strong leadership and delivered outstanding business results to the company," Lin said in a statement. "I am confident in their ability to work together as a team and lead the company through the next phase of our global growth, continuing the execution of our strategic plan. This U.S. team has been responsible for a tremendous growth period for Yakima, resulting in a record year for sales in 2010."

Yakima is based in Beaverton, Ore.

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