VT Halter Marine appoints new President and CEO

US shipbuilding and repair firm VT Halter Marine, part of VT Systems, has appointed Ronald Baczkowski as its new president and CEO.

Baczkowski was promoted from the role of vice president of business development. He had previously served 22 years with the United States Marine Corps, before moving on to Engility Corporation and then joining VT Systems in 2016.

John Coburn, chairman and CEO of VT Systems, commented: “Ron comes with proven leadership and operational skills from his time with the United States Marine Corps. Since he joined the group, he again demonstrated his leadership skills and business acumen through various high profile competitive programs. We are confident in his ability to grow the company while maintaining its reputation as a customer-focused and reliable shipbuilder to our US military customers and to our commercial customers.”

VT Halter Marine is based in Mississippi and is part of VT Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore’s ST Engineering.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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