New Zealand: WASSP Appoints New Development Manager

WASSP Ltd has appointment Stefan Richardson as its Development Manager to oversee the company’s multibeam sonar products. WASSP Ltd CEO Gareth Hodson said that Richardson has a tremendous amount of experience and passion around marine technology and holds a BSc 1st Class Hons in Marine Navigation with Technology from the University of Plymouth.

Stefan is a highly experienced Development Manager who brings over 6 years management and 8 years team and product delivery experience. He brings strong leadership skills in driving process improvement through interactive development, integration points and strong phased release procedures,” said Mr Hodson. Mr Hodson said that the appointment reflects the company’s continued growth and its need to meet market demand for further multibeam products. “I believe Stefan will complement our world class development team as we look to develop and project manage a number of our new and innovative WASSP Multibeam Sonar products over the coming years.”

From a specific marine product and development perspective, Richardson has previously held positions with Raytheon Marine, DERA Sea-Systems, Raymarine, and Navico.

During this time he was involved in driving the development of Navico products from concept to production as Software Development Manager from 2006-2008.

Whilst also at Navico he managed, coordinated and led the development teams including the Software and Software Quality Assurance teams across multiple geographic locations. He also made technology decisions in order to ensure success across multiple projects and mentored and made final decisions on design and architecture.

Mr Richardson said: “WASSP is a very innovative company and has developed world class multibeam technology. I look forward to being involved with the development team and continuing in the development of the company’s future products”.

Designed and manufactured at its global headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand, WASSP Ltd is the world leader in multibeam sonar technology. WASSP multibeam sonar’s allow a wide spectrum of marine users to map the seafloor and see detailed information in the water column using its wide sonar coverage. The technology accurately profiles the water column and seafloor highlighting reefs, wrecks, fish schools, seafloor hardness changes and foreign objects in the water column or on the seafloor. The information is presented in user-friendly displays, all controlled via a mouse and stored on computer hard drive for future use.

Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, February 20, 2012; Image: wassp

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Posted on February 20, 2012