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Nautic Global Group announces new COO, other changes

By By Jonathan Sweet

Boat manufacturer Nautic Global Group has named Mike O’Connell chief operating officer and restructured its sales team.

O’Connell had previously served as senior vice president for the Indiana company, running its manufacturing operations. Nautic manufactures several boat brands, including Rinker, Hurricane, Godfrey, Polar Kraft, Parti Kraft, Sweetwater, Aqua Patio and Sanpan.

"Mike is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results.  Mike’s leadership and experience is invaluable to lead our operational excellence strategy,” CEO Brad Gates said in a statement.  “Mike has a strong track record of success in the marine industry and is uniquely qualified to bring his clear vision to deliver continuous improvement for the company.”

Doug Sexton, the current vice president of sales and marketing, will also be leaving Nautic Global Group effective July 25. Sexton, an industry veteran who has worked at Larson, Genmar, Brunswick and Chris-Craft, has been at Nautic since 2011. The company said it intends to fill the position.

Nautic also announced that effective August 1, Andy Lindstrom and Mike Kamaloski are being promoted to national sales managers for the North American markets, with all regional sales managers reporting directly to them. Bob Wachs, brand manager for the pontoon business, is being promoted to dealer development director, where he will focus on relationship building, dealer expansion, national accounts, and developing tools to create a healthier dealer network.  As part of the restructuring, the brand manager positions are being replaced with product managers that will work closely with the engineering group to drive new product innovation, the company said.

The moves are the latest in a series of changes at Nautic since last fall, when Jim Malone was named chairman of the board of directors and CEO, replacing Mike Kitson. In February, Gates was named CEO, with Malone retaining the chairman position.  Director of marketing Steve Tadd also left the company earlier this year.




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