Alan Wrigley has announced that he is stepping down from his role as managing director of communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal.
Effective June 1, company founder Wrigley is replaced by Ocean Signal’s current Senior Project Manager Neil Jordan in a planned transition developed to continue the rapid growth of the Margate-based business.
Wrigley, who has been involved in the marine electronics industry for over 41 years, has steered engineering-led Ocean Signal from a company with a small portfolio of devices in 2011 to an international brand in safety beacon technology. It now supplies a range of products to the leisure, commercial and professional offshore sectors.
Wrigley will continue to work with Ocean Signal on special projects and on a consultancy basis, and leaves his position with confidence that the company will continue to strengthen and bring more innovative products to the market in the years ahead.
“It has been a great experience to build the company to this stage and I step down with confidence that Neil will take us to the next level of growth and that Ocean Signal will continue to go from strength to strength,” said Wrigley. “In a succession which has been part of our long-term business strategy, I am pleased to hand the reigns over to such an excellent choice for our new managing director who has a great deal of experience in the sector.
“Since we first established the company in 2008, the rate of growth of Ocean Signal has been phenomenal. During the years, we have expanded our production space and increased our personnel and in the last two years alone, the company has doubled in size,” he added. “From our initial launch of products for the commercial market, we expanded into the leisure sector with our rescueME brand from 2013 onwards and then developed professional products such as our M100 MSLD and E101V float-free memory capsule for VDR. I am certain that our engineering expertise and focus on research and development will ensure that Ocean Signal will continue to bring innovative safety products to the market which will save lives.”
New Ocean Signal Managing Director Jordan was appointed as the company’s senior project manager in April this year. He has more than 20 years of experience in the maritime and land electronic safety beacon industry, with expertise in areas including Cospas-Sarsat 406MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices, VHF and satellite communications products.
“Ocean Signal has been successfully established as a key market leader in beacon technology and innovative aesthetics and engineering design, developing products which make a real difference to people,” said Jordan. “I am therefore proud to continue Alan’s excellent work and am looking forward to leading the company to the next stage in its growth. We have new products to be announced in the near future, so it is an exciting time to be taking on the new role.”