SmartPlug names Ron Bailey VP of global sales and marketing

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SmartPlug Systems has hired Ron Bailey as its global vice president of sales and marketing. A statement said that Bailey has joined the company during a transitional period as incumbent Terry Gilliland prepares his retirement in 2020. CEO Tony Barber made the announcement.

"Ron has demonstrated leadership, vision and success throughout his career," said Barber in the statement. "He has a deep knowledge of our core markets and customers, and the ability to transform that insight into actionable results."

Bailey was most recently vice president of global marine sales and marketing at Dometic. Before that, he was president of Turning Point Propellers. He sits on the National Marine Manufacturers Association Board of Directors and Marine Accessories and Components Division.

"Joining SmartPlug is an opportunity to work with a company that places safety before industry stereotypes," said Bailey in the statement. "Plus, Tony Barber is an evangelist for his products with infectious enthusiasm."

Bailey, a USCG-licensed captain, holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Western Michigan University and an M.S. in science, business administration and management from Central Michigan University.