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Nautic Global Group named industry veteran Conrad West as the new brand manager of its Parti Kraft pontoon and Polar Kraft aluminum fishing boat lines.

West, who has worked with Sea Ray, Monterey and Chris-Craft, most recently held a number of roles at Forest River, helping that company launch and grow its Berkshire pontoon business.

"There are some great opportunities with the Polar Kraft and Parti Kraft brands, and Conrad is the perfect choice to help take them to the next level," Nautic Global senior vice president of sales and marketing Doug Sexton said in a statement. "He will be focused on growing our dedicated dealer network in specific markets and guiding the development of exciting new designs."

Built in Nautic Global Group’s Syracuse, Ind., aluminum boat facility, which has been building boats since 1954, the two brands are known for their quality and rugged construction, the company said.

"There is a real excitement surrounding this new initiative and I am thrilled to be a part of it," West said in a statement. "It's not often you get the chance to reshape the future of two classic American boat brands. While maintaining the extremely high existing quality, the new direction means we can be even more responsive to our dealers and boat-buying consumers and develop products that are perfect for their particular markets."

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CMP Global named Mark Pocock as its Octopus sales manager for North, Central and South America.

Autopilot drive manufacturer Octopus also said it launched a new website.

Pocock assumed the new role from Jonathan Ingente, who is now the company’s customer service manager. Pocock previously ran Suncoast Marine, the North American distributor for Rocna Anchors, and will continue to assist CMP Global with Rocna sales and marketing.

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Global Satellite USA hired Hassen Ben Khalifa as technical engineer.

Hassen has an engineering background in electrical, electronics, telecommunications and information technology in the maritime industry.

“Our business is all about customer support and quality control,” Global Satellite president Martin Fierstone said in a statement. “We decided to recruit a technical specialist who understands the marine and satellite industry so that our customers receive excellent customer care 100 percent of the time. We hope to grow our business organically as customers spread the word about the excellent service they receive from Global Satellite USA.”

The company will host free breakfasts to give Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show visitors an opportunity to ask Hassan technical questions. The breakfasts will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 at Global Satellite’s Fort Lauderdale office.

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