New Hands on Deck


Ewan Hind, Arksen


Arksen, a company building autonomy-ready vessels in London has named Ewan Hind chief operating officer. Hind has 25 years of experience, primarily in the commercial vessel segment. He’s a qualified charter engineer, naval architect and large yacht captain. He has logged more than 100,000 miles at sea and he was the skipper in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

“It’s exciting to be part of an ambitious company at an early stage, and I’m looking forward to being part of the team as it grows,” said Hind in a statement. “I was first attracted to the Arksen explorer vessels; perfect platforms for adventures and expeditions, that allow access to incredible places but with a very light footprint.”

Added Jasper Smith, Arksen founder, “We are thrilled to welcome Ewan to the Arksen project as we continue to grow our team. Ewan brings a great depth of skill and knowledge of the marine industry that will be highly valuable in the delivery of our initiatives such as the Arksen Foundation and the Explorers’ Club, and as a whole, our wider company strategy to help drive a sustainable marine future.”

Jeff Wagner joins Golden Boat Lifts


Golden Boat Lifts has named Jeff Wagner as chief financial officer and chief operations officer. He brings nearly 30 years of manufacturing operations and plant management expertise. Most recently, he served as operations manager at Munters Corporation, a global leader in energy-efficient air treatment and climate solutions. Prior to that, he was the senior program manager at UK-based Cabham plc, a defense firm. He has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lakeland University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“Jeff’s broad and extensive experience will serve Golden Boat Lifts and our customers well,” Bill Golden, CEO and president of Golden Boat Lifts, said in a statement. “He has a proven track record in business and manufacturing process improvement and brings the leadership, analytical and financial skills that will keep us on a strong growth trajectory.”

Windy promotes Fenlon to CEO

Trevor Fenlon, COO of Windy Scandinavia AB, has been promoted to managing director/CEO. He will report directly to the board of directors of Windy and work closely with the executive chairman on strategic planning for the company’s two brands, Windy and Draco.

Fenlon has more than 10 years of experience in the marine industry. In a statement, the company said Fenlon will present plans for the further development of the company’s Swedish and Polish operations.

The company added that it wants to become “the best yacht tender builder in the world” and it is launching its new Windy SR 44 Blackhawk, a luxury chase boat for the yacht market.


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