Friday, October 12, 2012

Jensen Maritime Announces Retirement of Former President

Former Jensen Maritime president and part-owner Sue Williams, who spent more than three decades helping to shape the direction of the company, is retiring.

Williams joined Jensen in 1980 as a front desk manager, and by 1993, she had become the company’s president and majority owner. She maintained that role until 2005, when Jonathan Parrott assumed the position of president.

In 2008, Jensen was purchased by Crowley Maritime and today the two companies share an office on Pier 17 in Seattle. Jensen is now under the direction of Vice President Johan Sperling, who Williams helped to hire in 2001.

Throughout the changes, Williams remained on staff and in recent years has served the company as the director of finance and a business analyst.

“What many people don’t realize is that Sue is truly a self-made woman. She worked very, very hard to build the foundation for the company that Jensen is today,” Sperling said. “As one of the few women in this industry, she accomplished an incredible amount. It’s important for us to take the time to celebrate her contributions to this company now that she’s retiring.”

“Sue humanized Jensen,” said Parrott, now vice president for all of Jensen’s new vessel designs. “She installed the ‘family feel’ for the organization and was very personable and approachable. Not only did we all have respect for her, but she earned it from so many in the industry, as well. We are sad to see her leave the company but are grateful for her efforts.”

Prior to working at Jensen, Williams was in the accounting department of a marine equipment supplier. She studied business at the University of Washington before earning a Bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Northwest University.