Leadership

Duane Fotheringham, President, Chairman of the Board

During his more than 25 years working in the marine industry, Duane Fotheringham has played an important role in the research and development of marine robotics. He began his career with the United States Navy, serving as a submarine officer aboard the USS Salt Lake City. He then spent more than a decade with Kongsberg Underwater Technology (KUTI) where he managed the company’s underwater surveillance business and held hydroacoustics, hydrography, underwater positioning, fisheries acoustics and underwater vehicle responsibilities. He joined Hydroid in 2008 as the Vice President of Operations and was responsible for the research and development, engineering and manufacturing of the REMUS line of AUVs.  As President of Hydroid, Duane's mission is to ensure that Hydroid’s products and technology continue to develop and advance to effectively serve the marine industry worldwide.

Duane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the City University of Seattle, as well as executive education from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Graham Lester, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Graham Lester has 30 years of experience with military, oceanographic, offshore and hydrographic equipment, including a detailed understanding of underwater vehicles and their applications. Graham joined Hydroid in 2006 as Business Development Director. He has since established Hydroid’s European office and contributed to the rapid growth of Hydroid as a world leading AUV manufacturer. As Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Graham currently oversees Hydroid's U.S. and international sales and marketing teams, as well as customer service and training. Additionally, he collaborates with other Kongsberg entities to develop growth strategies in the Marine Robotics market.

Graham began his career in the aerospace and defense industry, where he specialized in avionics. For the last twenty three years, he has focused on sales and business development in the international marine industry.

 

Tom Reynolds, Vice President, US Government Business

Tom Reynolds joined Hydroid upon retirement from the U.S. Navy in 2013 after a career as a Surface Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer. His leadership positions include Commanding Officer of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit TWO, Commander EOD and Diving Task Group, Commander Maritime Intelligence Task Group and Commander Underwater Mine Countermeasures Task Unit for U.S. Navy Central Command. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine College. He is also a graduate of the Naval Advanced School - Republic of Singapore, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Joint Forces Staff College. He is a veteran of multiple combat deployments, including six Operation Iraqi Freedom deployments and has also served as the EOD Branch Chief at Joint Special Operations Command. Tom resides in Maryland and leads Hydroid’s Washington Operations team. He is responsible for leading the development of new business in the U.S. Government market.

 

Andrew Rogers, Vice President, Engineering

Dr. Andrew Rogers is a strategic corporate executive leader with more than twenty-eight years of experience building innovative, customer-focused engineering, R&D and information technology businesses. Andy founded DRIVE Solutions in 2015, a consulting and independent advisory company supporting several leading companies within the automotive autonomy, robotics, private equity, aerospace and defense industries. Prior to 2015, Andy was President of QinetiQ North America (QNA aka Foster- Miller Inc.) where he and his QNA team oversaw four operating divisions: Unmanned Systems; Survivability and Protective Systems; Power, Controls and Communication Systems; and Transportation Systems.

Andy holds Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in Applied Marine Physics from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Siena College. He received an executive education from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program; the Sloan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Janice Norton, Director, Finance

With more than 20 years working in the marine industry, Janice Norton has vast experience in the nuances of Government Cost Accounting (GCA). She is a member of the core group of employees that began at Hydroid when the company launched. Reporting directly to the President, Janice performed full-cycle functions for the company in the areas of finance, accounting, IT, contracts administration and human resources in the subsequent years of rapid growth. As the Director of Finance, she develops and maintains financial solutions for monthly and quarterly reporting to the President and Board of Directors, externally for regulatory and contract compliance, and globally for the parent company’s upper management. She also leads and directs the efforts of the IT and administrative departments at Hydroid.

 

Suzanne Loughlin, Director, Human Resources

Suzanne Loughlin is a strategic and results-driven leader with 23 years of Human Resources (HR) experience and a track record of driving change. As the head of HR, she collaborates with the management team to implement Hydroid’s strategic plan and promote the business transformation required to build a customer-centric, performance-based culture. Suzanne is responsible for leading Hydroid’s human capital strategy including acquiring, developing and retaining the talent that contributes to Hydroid’s success.  She directs HR efforts that further Hydroid’s mission to be a world class employer.

Prior to joining Hydroid in 2015, Suzanne began her career implementing HR information systems in the high-tech sector. Over the last 15 years, she has held leadership roles focused on HR service delivery re-design, mergers and acquisitions, talent development, strategic planning and leadership coaching.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

Ian Moss, Director of Compliance & General Counsel

Prior to joining Hydroid in 2015, Ian Moss provided guidance on international trade and export compliance matters to various companies and institutions throughout the United States as external counsel. He also litigated various cases. Ian has a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and started his career in 1990 as a hydrographic surveyor for Brown and Root Survey in the North Sea. He also managed survey operations for Grant Geophysical (Geokinetics) before taking on the role of Operations Manager for Fugro in Abu Dhabi. During that time he traveled extensively, managing projects throughout the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, India and Africa. Moss graduated from Boston College Law School in 2003.

 

Ken Kern, Director of Operations

Ken Kern has 39 years of experience in both design and manufacturing, with 32 years specifically in the field of underwater acoustic devices for the U.S. Navy and other navies. Ken has held various roles in engineering, program management and manufacturing management.  He was the Vice President of Operations at Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems for 11 years. He also worked for many years at Sippican Ocean Systems and Hazeltine Ocean Systems. He has comprehensive experience with the design, development and production of expendable acoustic devices and a variety of submarine and surface ship acoustic transducers. Additionally, he has a strong focus on LEAN Initiatives and Continuous Improvement. Ken started at Hydroid in 2014 as a Sr. Manufacturing Engineer and has been Director of Operations since 2015. He is responsible for the manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, supply chain, technical services and facilities departments at Hydroid.

 

Mark Peretti, Quality Assurance
Manager

Mark Peretti has over 35 years of Quality Assurance, Engineering, Product Development and
Operations experience in the defense, aerospace and commercial markets, with the last 2+ years in the marine industry at Hydroid. He is responsible for leading Integrated Management Systems (IMS) programs for ISO9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS18001 certifications. Peretti is a sustaining member of the appraisal team that facilitated Hydroid’s achievement of CMMI Dev Maturity Level 3. His leading role at Hydroid is to oversee all aspects of Quality Assurance continuous improvement efforts within the company and conduct quarterly business reviews for effectiveness of the Integrated Management Systems. Mark also works closely with Operations to direct and implement LEAN initiatives that result in product quality improvements.

Mark holds a master’s degree and Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, as well as a Technology Leadership Certificate from Babson College.