Marine people: new faces, new places

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Fabien Vignes.
Fabien Vignes.

New business development roles at All Marine Spares and VEEM.

Marine parts distributor All Marine Spares has appointed Fabien Vignes to a new role of business development manager – Asia Pacific where he will be working on growth opportunities for the increasing number of new products and industry-leading brands distributed by AMS.

Vignes started his career in the marine industry in Europe, working for a custom-made linen company that specialised in yachts, before moving into marina management. In 2005, he made the big move to Australia and ended up on Hamilton Island, joining Sunsail Australia where he worked his way up to the position of dock manager.

He then moved to the Gold Coast, starting with Ultra Marine Products and Sovereign BBQs in 2011 where his commitment and hard work, paired with exceptional customer service, resulted in him becoming general manager in 2014.

Jason Mitchell, All Marine Spares managing director, welcomed Vignes to the role which brings a new focus for AMS and said he is very excited with latest addition to the growing AMS team.

“The new role of business development manager – Asia Pacific is an exciting position full of opportunity as we continue to expand on new products and markets for 2019,” he said.

VEEM adds to management team

Dr Steven Vidakovic.
Dr Steven Vidakovic.

Marine propulsion and gyro stabilisation company VEEM has further strengthened its sales and management team with the appointment of Dr Steven Vidakovic as global business development manager.

Vidakovic has more than 30 years of engineering, project management and sales experience, having most recently served as global sales director for Naiad Dynamics, an international supplier of marine fin stabiliser and ride control systems.

He previously led the management of several projects at the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Inc., while taking on the role of associate director for its Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences Global Supply Chain division.

Dr Vidakovic has completed a PhD in aerodynamics/fluid mechanics from the University of Adelaide and holds a Masters of Business Administration. He will be based in Australia and has already taken up his position with VEEM.

“This key appointment underpins the future sales growth of our unique gyrostabiliser products as well as assisting with the acceleration of sales of our patented VEEM Interceptor propellers and VEEM’s Conquest propellers, adding his substantial global sales experience to grow the VEEM network,” said Mark Miocevich, VEEM managing director.

VEEM recently announced that, following successful trials with Damen Ships in the Netherlands, it had received an order to supply the first of its largest gyro stabilisers, the VG1000SD.

Damen plans to install the VG1000SD in a newly-released high-speed crew transport vessel, the FCS7011, which is currently under construction. Production of the VG1000SD has commenced and the final assembly will take place in VEEM’s newly-leased purpose-built gyro assembly hall due for completion in July 2019.

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