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Navico, the Tulsa, Okla.-based electronics manufacturer, has promoted Louis Chemi to executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas.

In addition to his continuing responsibilities as executive vice president of product management, Chemi will manage the sales and marketing efforts for the Navico brands with a focus on expanding the company’s presence and positioning.

“His extensive background in marketing to the recreational and commercial boating industry, coupled with his unparalleled understanding of what is required to bring high-quality products to the marine market, make him an excellent choice for this important position,” said Jens-Thomas Pietralla, Navico president and CEO, in a statement.

Prior to joining Navico in May 2007, Chemi spent seven years as global product manager with Raymarine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and a Master of Science degree in applied marine physics from the University of Miami.

An avid fisherman and boater, Chemi holds a 100-ton Coast Guard master’s license.

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Pearson Composites LLC of Warren, R.I., has appointed Beth Simkins as division manager for the recently acquired PDQ Yachts Division. She spent the last four years involved in the marketing, sales, owner education and cruising aspects of the power catamarans.

“Beth’s product knowledge, customer relationships and energy assure a great future for the PDQ product line,” said Pearson CEO Patrick Burke in a statement. “Pearson and all PDQ owners are fortunate to have her leading the charge.”

Simkin’s  firsthand experience will ensure the continuity of the popular PDQ programs, such as PDQ University and Flotillas, in addition to marketing consistency with the Pearson-built PDQs, according to the company. The first Pearson-built PDQ 34 is scheduled for launching at the end of the year, and the PDQ 41 is set to launch in mid-2009.

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