Ocean Power Technologies announced the appointment of Michael G. Kelly as Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Kelly, 50, joins OPT with thirty years of experience in the marine industry, spanning design, manufacturing, deployment and field service of large, complex ocean-based systems. The scope of this work has included the management of international commercial and technical teams to deliver best-in-class solutions within schedule and budget.
Reporting to Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of OPT, Mr. Kelly is responsible for OPT's PowerBuoy manufacturing and marine operations for the production, deployment and servicing of the Company's wave energy systems.
Mr. Dunleavy said, "We are delighted to welcome Mike Kelly, who brings a wealth of leadership experience in the marine industry. The breadth of his international work in delivering technology-based products and services to customers is a real asset to the Company. Mike's contribution will further strengthen OPT’s management team as we deploy our world class wave power generation systems in major markets."
Prior to joining OPT, Mr. Kelly held the position of Assistant Director, Regional Cabled Observatory, at the University of Washington's School of Oceanography. This followed a career of almost 20 years at VSNL International (including at the company's predecessors, Tyco Telecommunications and AT&T Submarine Systems), now part of Tata Communications. During this time, he held several positions, including Senior Director of Strategic Network Planning, Senior Director of Service Management and Director of Marine Operations. In addition, he served as Captain of the Global Mariner. Mr. Kelly's career began in 1981 with the U.S. Navy. In addition to cable ships, he also gained experience aboard deep ocean research vessels. In 1986, he was appointed Captain of the cable ship USNS Zeus, becoming the youngest Master in the history of Military Sealift Command.
He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner. Mr. Kelly holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
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