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Cummins Inc. announced that Scott Henry was named general manager of its recreational and light commercial marine business.

In December, Cummins announced the dissolution of its Cummins MerCruiser Diesel joint venture and the transition to a strategic supply agreement with Mercury Marine. The transition takes effect at the end of April and is a significant reinvestment in the marine business for Cummins, the company said.

“Cummins is committed to our marine customers’ success. Scott is an experienced leader, and I’m confident in his ability to guide and grow this business,” Cummins mid-range engine business vice president and general manager Dave Crompton said in a statement.

Henry started with the company in 1992 and has held leadership roles in engineering, service and quality. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and a master’s in engineering management from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He also is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

He will take over for Alex Savelli, who has led the CMD joint venture since November 2007. Savelli will move into a new role within Cummins as executive managing director of engine business for South America.

Cummins has a 90-year history of serving the marine market. The company first installed a diesel engine in a marine application in 1922. Cummins has been selling marine engines since 1924.

The recreational and light commercial marine business encompasses the Cummins portion of the CMD joint venture. Located in Charleston, S.C., the business develops, manufactures, sells, distributes and services marine diesel propulsion engines from 230 hp to 715 hp for the recreational and light commercial markets. The Cummins marine business also will continue to offer complete prop-to-helm propulsion solutions, including Mercury Marine Zeus pod drive systems and SmartCraft controls.

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Imtra appointed Christopher Barnes its new Southeastern sales manager.

Barnes was selected to represent the company in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and lead its sales efforts with boatbuilders, dealers and service yards in the region.

“Christopher will be a real asset to Imtra’s customers,” vice president of sales Chip Farnham said in a statement. “His Landing School training and hands-on experience with both recreational and commercial marine companies make him a great resource for our OEM and aftermarket customers. He embodies Imtra’s commitment to customer service and has the technical skills to integrate Imtra’s products into our customers’ latest designs or refit projects.”

Barnes brings six years of marine experience to Imtra. A 2007 yacht design program graduate of The Landing School, his marine industry experience includes a product and design engineer position at Scout Boats, a Cummins Mercruiser Diesel design draftsman technician position and project management work obtaining and maintaining government contracts with the U.S. General Services Administration and the Coast Guard.

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