Friday, February 27, 2015

Robert Allan Ltd. Names New President, VP

By Mark Edward Nero

Vancouver, British Columbia-based naval architectural and marine engineering firm Robert Allan Ltd. has named a new president and senior vice president.

The company announced Feb. 17 that senior management member Mike Fitzpatrick is its new president, replacing Ken Harford, who’s retiring after eight years. Harford has said he intends to leave the company in June 2016, but will remain in the role of managing director during the transition process.

“I am honored to be offered this opportunity to help lead Robert Allan Ltd. into the future,” Fitzpatrick, who joined the company in 2003, said. “If I retire at the age of 66, it will be the 100th anniversary of this incredible company. One of you will be sitting in the president’s chair when this occurs but my goal for the coming years will be to ensure the company is even stronger on its 100th anniversary than it is now.”

In addition, the company has named Rollie Webb to the newly-created position of senior vice president.

Webb has been with Robert Allan Ltd. since 2008, serving in the role of senior project director. He previously served in senior management positions in shipyards in both Canada and the United States. From 1993 to 2003, Webb was president of Seattle-based Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. Just prior to joining Robert Allan Ltd., he was shipyards president with Washington Marine Group in Vancouver, British Columbia.