Edson International names new CEO

Marine manufacturer Edson International said today that Adam Cove was promoted to chief executive officer.
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Marine manufacturer Edson International said today that Adam Cove was promoted to chief executive officer.

Cove had been Edson’s vice president of engineering, technology and marketing.

“Adam has achieved success at every position of the
company that he has served in, and more importantly,
he has earned the respect of his associates, as well as Edson’s customers and vendors,” Will Keene, who will lead Edson’s customer service department while continuing in his role as chairman, said in a statement.

Will Keene

Will Keene

“I’m not going away; I am merely getting out of the way to allow Adam to shape Edson’s vision and strategy while I work on further strengthening two key foundations of Edson’s business: top-tier customer service and solid industry relationships,” said Keene, who started at Edson in 1979 and had been president since 1989.

New Bedford, Mass.-based Edson makes marine steering systems, wheels, accessories, boat davits, radar towers, custom castings and fabrications, and marine pumps for sailboat, powerboat and marina applications. The company was founded in 1859.

“Through 157 years of American manufacturing, Edson has established a strong reputation in the marine industry,” Cove said. “We will continue to focus on superior products and to pursue Jacob Edson’s legacy of innovation, with a strong focus on product research and development. We have a very talented team at Edson and it is a pleasure to work with them, as we drive towards a bold set of goals.”

Separately, Edson said Connor Bailey was promoted to marketing and IT manager.

Steven McCarthy (left) and Connor Bailey

Steven McCarthy (left) and Connor Bailey

“Connor has an excellent grasp of both marketing strategy and Edson’s customers. His time on the water and marketing studies have made him a great addition to the Edson team,” Cove said.

The company also said Steven McCarthy is now its purchasing director, with a strong focus on strengthening relationships with material suppliers.

Cove said that “with Steven’s strong manufacturing background and structured planning, he has provided effective support for our shop to maintain its top level craftsmanship. Steven is a vital component to our team going forward, and it is a pleasure to work beside him.”

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