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Changing Places

The Viking Yacht Co. announced that veteran sales specialist Steve Boerema, of Marfin Marine LLC, will join the yacht builder in a consultancy capacity to further Viking's international dealer and distribution development programs.

Boerema has a 19-year track record in establishing long-term relationships in foreign markets with multicultural needs and expectations, and adding him signals a new chapter in expanding Viking’s global reach, the company said.

“We look forward to collaborating with Steve and his extensive international background, which will enable us to set higher levels of dealer and customer satisfaction for the Viking brand in new expanding markets,” executive vice president Patrick Healey said in a statement.

Viking builds 14 models from 42 to 82 feet in its facility on the Bass River in New Gretna, N.J.

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Vanessa Jiron joined Northrop & Johnson in its group marketing department.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Jiron will be responsible for the coordination of group activities, including company advertising and boat shows.

Prior to joining the company, she was an executive assistant at Bartram & Brakenhoff and previously served as executive assistant to the president of a U.S. yacht builder.

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Knot 10 Yacht Sales announced key personnel changes and additions.

In Florida, Knot 10 named Mark Armstrong its managing broker. Armstrong brings years of experience to the position, having been involved in several large boat builds and international business development, as well as the day-to-day activities that brokerage demands.

“We cannot have a better person running our operations in Florida,” Knot 10 president Marc Benvenuto said in a statement. “Mark has been with us for a while and will be able to integrate our culture, customer service demands and unique approach not only to our sales team, but directly to the customers who have made us what we are.”

In the Mid-Atlantic, Knot 10 recently added Todd Wittman to the sales team.

“For us, finding and hiring the best people will continue to be my top priority,” general manager Gary Bouthillette said in a statement. “Todd represents one of the finest, and his experience selling Tiara, Silverton, Cruisers Yachts, as well as smaller fishing boats will be a perfect background to serve our varied buyers and sellers for years to come.”

Mark Mukon joined the company in New England. He has been involved in almost every facet of the boat industry, from builds to engineering to sales, and that experience will be obvious to customers, the company said.

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MTN Satellite Communications announced the addition of two key executives to its management team.

Robert Wise, previously an engineering vice president in HP's public cloud computing effort, will serve in the newly created position of chief innovation officer, and the former head of Intelsat General, Susan Miller, will serve as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development.

“MTN is leading a new revolution on how companies purchase and utilize bandwidth around the world; from the pipe to the solutions that will be optimized for the new gigabyte model,” president and CEO Errol Olivier said in a statement. “The new team will continue to deliver on the ‘Customer Intimacy’ roots that have propelled us to where we are today as it shapes the industry into the next generation of satellite network, delivery, service and price.”


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