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, Business Development & Strategy

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.

 

John Nafziger, Vice President of Engineering, Chief Technology Officer

John S. Nafziger has over 25 years of experience in research and development of robotics and autonomous systems for the defense and security industries.  Prior to joining Hydroid, John worked for the MITRE corporation, a not-for-profit Federally Funded Research and Development Company in McLean, VA. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he developed the curriculum for the Robotics Program and served as the director of the Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory. John was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Vision Technologies Division at the Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton, NJ, supporting numerous DARPA programs.  John’s most recent research focused on autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance of small unmanned aerial systems for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.  John is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Robotics Engineering Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA.  He obtained a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Neuroscience.

 

Ian Moss, Vice President, Compliance & Legal

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.

 

Derek Daly, Vice President of Operations

Derek Daly has over 35 years of experience in the defense and commercial sectors.  He has a diverse background in operations and manufacturing including the successful implementation of business models from the early stage phase to maturity. Daly previously worked at QinetiQ North America (QNA) in varying roles including vice president. He launched a manufacturing and operations capability focused on unmanned ground systems for both military and commercial applications. He was also responsible for operations within QNA’s Survivability business line that includes products that provide protection from rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), improvised explosive devices (IEDs), as well as products that protect against ballistic threats for air, ground and human platforms. Additionally, he served as President and COO at Comark LLC, a defense and commercial-facing ruggedized industrial computer manufacturer.

Derek earned a bachelor’s degree, with magna cum laude honors, in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University. He also earned a degree in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at the University of Limerick. He spent his early career at Northrop Grumman Corp. and American Semiconductor working on fiber optic based gyroscope (FOG) technology and the development of high temperature superconducting (HTS) wire.

 

Sandor Becz, Director of Programs

Sandor Becz has over 25 years of experience in the aerospace, defense and robotics industries.  He has established and led extensive programs focused on existing and new market expansion, new product development and introduction, and applied research.  His organizational responsibilities have included leading globally distributed teams of over 600 members in the execution of complex programs valued at over $1B with multiple industry and academic partners.  Dr. Becz was one of the initiators of a DARPA/industry effort to address aerospace complex systems development and mitigation, leading the seedling which ultimately became the $40M DARPA META and Adaptive Vehicle Make programs. 

Sandor holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelors degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both in mechanical engineering.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School.

 

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.

 

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.