Hugh F. Munroe Elected President Morris Guralnick Assoc

Hugh F. Munroe has been elected president and chief executive officer of Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc., according to an announcement made by the firm.

Morris Guralnick, founder of the 31-year-old San Francisco, Calif.- based firm of naval architects and marine engineers, was elevated to the position of chairman of the board, and Gerald G. Graham was elected executive vice president.

The announcement was made by Mr. Guralnick, who said: "In electing Hugh Munroe president, our board of directors has selected a man highly qualified to lead the firm during the period of great growth and expansion that we are now entering. Due to the increasing scope and range of work now being undertaken, we have established branch offices in San Diego, Calif., and Bremerton, Wash., in the past year, while a new office is presently being established in Baltimore, Md., and more new locations will undoubtedly become necessary in the future. A man of Mr. Munroe's experience and proven ability in managing and directing activities involving large staffs of highly skilled technicians is essential to our operation. We are pleased to have him aboard." Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc. is currently engaged in ongoing programs related to the ocean thermal energy conversion concept, as well as major ship overhaul and conversion projects for both commercial and government clients. Mr. Guralnick, as chairman of the board, will continue to play a prominent role in directing the general policies of the firm.

Mr. Munroe, who was already a member of the Guralnick organization's board of directors, is well-known throughout the maritime industry. He has been engaged for 28 years in the marine engineering, design and ship construction field. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Munroe served 19 years (1955-1974) with American President Lines, the last 10 of those as director of engineering and vessel construction. In this position, he supervised all fleet studies, design, engineering contracting and construction and conversion during the complete replacement, expansion and upgrading of that firm's vessels.

From 1974 to 1976, he served as project engineer in the Marine Projects Group of Bechtel Corporation, where his responsibilities included supervision of many design, construction and conversion projects and studies involving various types of vessels, as well as marine terminal and operating facilities.

Mr. Graham, who joined Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc. as project engineer in November 1972, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in design from the University of Cincinnati, and completed his graduate studies in ocean engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and University of California at Los Angeles.

Mr. Graham has been active in the marine design and engineering field for 23 years. His experience includes service with General Dynamics, Westinghouse Electric Company, and M. Rosenblatt & Son, Inc. Prior to joining the Guralnick organization, he served for three years as president of Sea Systems Co., a firm engaged in design, research and development in ocean engineering, naval and commercial marine design.

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