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International Superyacht Society names officers and executive committee

Derik Wagner

Derik Wagner

The International Superyacht Society appointed its 2015 officers and executive committee with an effective start date of Jan. 1.

Derik Wagner, managing director of the MTN yacht services business, was chosen as ISS president. During his tenure the business has rapidly achieved recognition as the preferred supplier of global managed VSAT services for the megayacht industry, with more than 50 percent of the world's top 100 largest yachts using MTN for their broadband communication requirements.

Gary DeSanctis

Gary DeSanctis

The ISS vice president is Gary DeSanctis, group publisher and general manager of the Active Interest Media Marine Group, of which Soundings Trade Only is a part. He has been involved in the yachting world for 15 years. Prior to joining AIM, he was the president and publisher of ShowBoats International Magazine and vice president of CurtCo Media for five years, with additional media experience at Yachting Magazine from 1997-2005.

Michele Leung, office administrator for the private client services yacht practice of Marsh, has been named ISS treasurer. Leung has served on the ISS board since 2013 and as the gala program administrator since 2011.

Diane Byrne

Diane Byrne

Diane Byrne, who established MegayachtNews.com in 2007, was announced as ISS secretary. Byrne has been covering the megayacht industry since 1993 and she serves on the ISS board of directors and as co-chairman of its marketing committee.

Norma Trease, director of the Salamanca Group’s marine division, has been designated ISS board representative. Trease has been a leader in organizing ISS activities for many years and has served as administrator of the ISS Awards of Distinction.

Ken Hickling

Ken Hickling

Ken Hickling, global business development manager at AkzoNobel, just concluded his third year as ISS’s president after serving as vice president and treasurer following several years as an active board member.

“In addition to improving organizational structures and ISS’s outreach programs, in the past several years ISS has successfully organized the global Associations’ Alliance, meeting at major global events to discuss the most critical issues affecting our industry and devising strategies with the aid of the regional associations to implement strategies and solutions,” Hickling said in a statement. “We have also collaborated, created and implemented the Ethics/Professional Initiative.”

Hickling continues to work with the International Organization for Standardization and the International Council of Marine Industry Associations on technical matters as part of the ISS Technical Committee.

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