Changing Places


Louisa Beckett, founder of Turnkey Communications & Public Relations Inc., rejoined the firm, leaving her position as editor of Southern Boating and Marine Business Journal.

Under the guidance of her husband and business partner, Gary Beckett, the volume of Turnkey Communications’ business has expanded to the point at which her return was the best solution, the company said.

Fort Lauderdale-based Turnkey specializes in the recreational marine, yachting, private aviation and luxury travel industries.

“I am proud of the editorial experience and creativity I brought to Southern Boating and Marine Business Journal, and of the magazine issues I helped to produce. I have the greatest respect for the Allen family and their staff and look forward to working with them on a freelance basis in the future,” Louisa Beckett said in a statement. “Now I’m excited to rejoin Gary, who has done wonderful things with Turnkey while I was gone — including recently securing media coverage for [the National Business Aviation Association] on CNBC and CNN.”

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CDI Electronics, a manufacturer of marine ignition components, welcomed Ali Rauch to its marketing and sales team.

“We are very excited to welcome Ali to our CDI team,” CDI Electronics sales and marketing manager Thomas James said in a statement. “Ali’s marketing and design skill set will assist CDI in developing new and improved materials that convey the products and services CDI provides for the marine industry.”

Rauch will assist in new product development, technical writing and the design of marketing materials such as the annual catalog, trade show materials and technical support aids.

She also will support the CDI distribution network by conducting sales training workshops and networking sessions with marine partners via webinars, dealer events and trade shows.

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Albemarle Corp. promoted Luther Kissam to CEO, effective Sept. 1.

Kissam joined Albemarle in 2003 as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and served as senior vice president, manufacturing and law, and corporate secretary from January 2008 until his promotion to president in March 2010.

Prior to joining Albemarle, Kissam served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Merisant Co., having previously served as associate general counsel of Monsanto Co.

“Luke has demonstrated broad leadership capability in his various roles at Albemarle. He led Albemarle's restructuring efforts during the recent recession, positioning the company to recover faster than most while also expanding margins,” Albemarle chairman and CEO Mark Rohr said in a statement.

“He has been a driving force in our efforts to establish strategic commercial initiatives and has been instrumental in our overall efforts to merge commercial opportunities and innovative chemistry,” he added.

Rohr will continue as executive chairman of Albemarle’s board of directors.


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