Changing Places

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Hobie Cat Co. named Michel Corigliano to the newly created position of director general for Hobie Cat Europe.

Corigliano, who has 21 years of experience at the company, will be responsible for managing Hobie Cat Europe from the company’s headquarters in Toulon, France.

He will represent Europe in unifying Hobie’s worldwide brand image, accelerating market expansion, focusing product offerings and enhancing Hobie’s strong position in the European sailing, kayaking and fishing markets.

On Sept. 1, Hobie Cat, based in Oceanside, Calif., acquired Hobie Cat’s business in Europe. The agreement gave the sailboat and kayak company worldwide trademark rights and brought the operation of Hobie Cat‘s business in Europe directly under the control of Hobie Cat Co.

Corigliano’s appointment completes the transition cycle. For 15 years he has been sales and marketing director and liaison between Hobie Cat Europe and the main worldwide sailing associations, such as ISAF and the IHCA International F18 Association.

“Through the process of uniting Hobie worldwide, Michel has demonstrated his ability and knowledge of Hobie Cat business that he needs to take over the helm,” Hobie Cat president Doug Skidmore said in a statement.

“His understanding of our dealers, Hobie products and the necessary infrastructure for manufacturing boats make him uniquely qualified for this position. These are all important elements of our market vision, and we are very excited to add a well-respected leader to our team.”

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ASA Electronics named Matt Wood marine and spa national sales manager.

For the last two years Wood has served as OEM account manager for the marine and spa division of ASA, an Indiana-based international manufacturer and supplier of marine audio and video electronics and appliances.

He will coordinate product planning and development, directly interface with key figures throughout the marine and spa industry and manage the distribution program.

“We are very enthusiastic about having Wood take the lead in the marine division,” ASA Electronics president Brent Barrow said in a statement. “We are confident he will continue to expand the presence of ASA in the marine industry.”