Volvo Ocean Race skipper and veteran sailmaker Ken Read will return to North Sails in the role of president in early January.
Read will take over for current president Gary Weisman, who has served at the helm of the world's largest sailmaker for 16 years and plans to retire within the next four months.
"This is an important and exciting time in the world of sailing, sailmaking and in the history of North Sails,” North Technology Group CEO Tom Whidden said in a statement. ”We are absolutely thrilled to have Kenny back in the mix transitioning into the role of North’s president."
"Gary has done an absolutely fantastic job and he will be missed dearly by not only me, but all North Sails employees who have gotten to know him so well during his 39-year career at North," Whidden continued. "Gary plans to stay involved with the company in the short term, and he and Kenny will work closely to make the transition as seamless as possible."
Read started working for North Sails in 1996, yet has taken four sabbaticals to participate in some of sailing’s elite events. He was the CEO of Puma Ocean Racing and skippered Puma’s Mar Mostro during the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race and il mostro in the 2008-09 edition of what is known as the "world's toughest sailboat race."
Prior to the Volvo race Read skippered two America's Cup teams for Dennis Conner on Stars & Stripes in 2000 and 2003.
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Marine security, monitoring and tracking systems supplier Global Ocean Security Technologies promoted Nicole Lorenzi to operations manager.
Previously the company’s office manager, Lorenzi will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of GOST, including accounting, human resources, customer service, new activations and new customer support, liaison with insurance companies and the management of customer contracts and renewals.
“Nicole’s enthusiasm and effortless ability to connect with our employees, customers, dealers and technicians has made her a key member of the GOST team. Her keen attention to detail, willingness to learn everything about GOST, consummate professionalism and ability to identify and solve potential issues before they become problems makes her a great fit for this position within our company,” GOST president and CEO Jay Keenan said in a statement.
Lorenzi, a South Florida native, worked for a leading marine electronics dealer in Fort Lauderdale before she joined GOST.