John “Johnny” Walker has resigned as president of Baja Marine, parent company of the Pro-Line, Baja, Donzi, and Fountain brands, and will now serve the company as a special adviser to the board of directors.
Daily operations for the boat brands are being managed by an executive team that includes several long-time veterans of the company.
“Baja Marine is being led by the skilled, professional manufacturing and marketing team we have built in North Carolina,” Walker said.
In 2010, Walker oversaw moving the Pro-Line and Donzi brands 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. In 2009, he was appointed COO of American Marine Holdings (AMH), 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.