Baja Marine president resigns

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John “Johnny” Walker resigned as president of Baja Marine, parent company of Pro-Line, Donzi and Fountain.

Walker, who has spent 35 years in the boating industry and five years leading Baja Marine, now serves the company as a special adviser to its board of directors.

Daily operations for the boat brands are being managed by an executive team that includes several longtime company veterans.

“Baja Marine is being led by the skilled, professional manufacturing and marketing team we have built in North Carolina,” Walker said in a statement.

In 2010 Walker oversaw moving the fishing and performance boat brands Pro-Line and Donzi to their current 250,000-square foot manufacturing facility in Washington, N.C., where they joined the Baja and Fountain brands.

“My mission for the past five years has been to get production up and running on the boat brands in North Carolina and to rebuild our international dealer network. We have successfully accomplished that,” Walker said. “Baja Marine has a healthy order book for its consumer and government/commercial boat lines and it has financially solvent, highly engaged dealer partners in place in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.”

Walker joined Pro-Line Boats in 1991, and in 2007 was named general manager of the company, which was founded in 1968 and grew to be one of the biggest fiberglass fishing boat manufacturers in the world. In 2009, he was appointed COO of American Marine Holdings, which consisted of Pro-Line Boats and Donzi Marine.

The following year, Walker was named president of AMH and transitioned the company to the former Fountain production facility in Washington, N.C. In 2012, when Baja Marine acquired the assets of Pro-Line, Donzi and Fountain, Walker was named president.

“Unlike some of my predecessors, this business has never been all about me,” he said. “It is about the products and the people. I have total confidence that the company is in excellent hands with Baja Marine’s executive, production, engineering, sales and service staff and I will continue to advise the board.”

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