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New President of Hydroid

Christopher von Alt has been appointed President and CEO of

Hydroid. Mr. von Alt was formerly the Head of the Oceanographic

Systems Laboratory (OSL) and a

Principal Engineer at the Woods

Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole,

Massachusetts. Mr. von Alt co- founded OSL in 1989 and estab- lished and led the engineering team that developed REMUS, as well as many other undersea robotic systems over the past 15 years. Mr. von Alt will retain his association with

WHOI by becoming an Adjunct

Oceanographer, but departs from full-time status at the Institution after 20 years of service. Mr. von Alt joined

Hydroid as Chairman when he and other members of OSL founded the company in 2001 to commercialize

REMUS technology. "I am excited to be joining Hydroid full-time as

President and CEO. I've been focused on the development and commercialization of REMUS from its conception at OSL during the early 90s." Mr. von Alt holds a

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical

Science from the State University of

New York at Stony Brook and a

Masters of Science in Ocean

Engineering from the Massachusetts

Institute of Technology.

New Ownership for


LD Equity 2 has acquired the shares of the Steenstrup family in Reson

A/S, and consequently, a new CEO and President and a new Board of

Directors have been appointed.

The goal of the shareholders is to cooperate with the Board and the new management to accelerate and continue the development of a newly finished technology platform. This new platform will be the core in the expansion of RESON's product range and will also allow the compa- ny to expand the use of its sonar sys- tems into new market areas.

Allan J. Vestergaard has been appointed CEO and President of

Reson A/S. The RESON manage- ment team is hereafter as follows:

Allan J. Vestergaard, CEO and

President; Laust Nyvang, CFO; Kim

Christiansen, VP-Group Sales &

Marketing; Peter K. Eriksen, CTO;

Flemming Bekker, Executive


Bernier Joins Schilling



Robotics said that

Ron Bernier has joined the com- pany as sales manager for remote systems.

He is based in


Robotics' Houston office, which offers support for project manage- ment, applications engineering, sales, spare parts, and service. Bernier brings to Schilling more than 15 years of experience in the ROV industry, in positions at Sonsub Inc.,

Sonsub International, and

Oceaneering International. He has held such diverse positions as project manager, technician supervisor, oper- ations manager, and ROV pilot tech- nician. Most recently, he was project manager for the BP Americas ROV services accounts for the deepwater

Holstein, Atlantis, Mad Dog, and

Thunder Horse projects.

Szabo Joins Woods Hole


David Szabo has joined Woods

Hole Group as head of Houston operations. He has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of metocean services, product and numerical modeling. He will be responsible for managing all aspects of business operations on the ground for WHG in the area. Prior to joining

Woods Hole Group, Szabo worked with Mobil Research and

Development Corporation.

Additionally, he directed operations and initiated many innovative proj- ects with Fugro GEOS, Inc. Mr.

Szabo obtained his Masters of Science from Florida State University in 1978 in oceanography. He graduated from

New York University in 1970 with a

BS in meteorology and oceanogra- phy.

MSI Delivers Multibeam

Transducer Array

Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) of

Littleton, Mass., delivered the pro- duction version of the first-of-its- kind transducer array to Sonartech-

ATLAS (Sydney, Australia). The wideband (100-200 kHz) parabolic- shaped transducer is a key compo- nent of the newly introduced ATLAS

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