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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.