Seakeeper said it promoted Andrew Semprevivo to chief operating officer, effective April 10.
A Seakeeper employee since the commercialization of the company in 2008, Semprevivo had sales roles that culminated in his appointment as vice president of sales and marketing in 2014.
As vice president he pioneered the advancement of the company’s first-class global sales and support network and defined the Seakeeper brand by developing the current company logo and website. He also visited with customers, partners and Seakeeper employees around the world.
“Andrew has that rare combination of ability, drive and character and is an integral part of the Seakeeper team,” Seakeeper co-founder Shep McKenney said in a statement. “His thorough understanding of the technical sophistication of our product, combined with the strong relationships he has developed with colleagues and members of the industry, make him the obvious choice to continue to serve as the face of Seakeeper in this expanded role.”
Semprevivo has been instrumental in introducing Seakeeper technology to new markets, the company said.
Within the past year he coordinated the launch of the Seakeeper 3, the first gyroscope optimized for vessels as small as 30 feet. He also oversaw the launch of the new Seakeeper HD product line, the first Seakeepers designed specifically for military and commercial applications.
“Andrew has been the essential driving force in introducing our game-changing product to the marketplace, increasing sales 50 percent year on year to an annual rate of over 1,600 gyros projected for 2017,” McKenney said. “In achieving this result he has modeled core company beliefs — that Seakeeper gyros are transforming a fundamental human experience and should be delivered to consumers in a way that makes the most of that transformation, including prompt and conscientious product support.”
Seakeeper said Semprevivo will continue to lead the company’s sales and marketing efforts and play a leadership role in other departments.