Fleet optimizer AWT names Vaccarello its new CEO

The following is the text of a press release issued by AWT:
(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) — AWT, (www.awtworldwide.com) the global leader providing fleet optimization software and services, today announced the addition of two executives, Vincent (Skip) Vaccarello as president & CEO and Phil Ahlfeldt as vice president of sales.
Vaccarello, president and CEO of AWT, is uniquely qualified to drive AWT’s growth and success. He is a proven, focused leader with a track record of growing successful companies, delivering customer satisfaction and product innovation. Vaccarello brings nearly 30 years of executive-level management experience in Silicon Valley with companies such as VisiCorp, Communications Solutions, Inc., 3Com, and The Saratoga Group, a company he co-founded and served as its president and CEO before the company’s acquisition by ChannelWave Software in 2000. As an independent Silicon Valley management consultant for the past six years, Vaccarello has helped CEOs and their companies with strategic planning, operations, and mergers and acquisitions. He received a BA degree from Harvard University and an MBA degree from Boston University School of Management.
Ahlfeldt, vice president of worldwide sales, brings 30 years of executive-level sales experience, including over 10 years as vice president of National Semiconductor Corporation’s Information Systems Group. In addition to holding executive positions for large publically held companies such as NSC, AT&T/Teradata and Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Ahlfeldt has built and led sales teams for several small successful privately held companies.  Ahlfeldt’s experience is in a full range of revenue producing organizations from direct sales, channel sales, marketing, customer support, and professional services. Ahlfeldt received both his BS Engineering and MS Industrial Management degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
By bringing in seasoned talent, the company can capitalize on its leadership position and the opportunity for market expansion. Together, Vaccarello and Ahlfeldt form a powerful team that will help lead AWT into even greater prominence in the maritime industry.
“It is an honor to join AWT, the world leader known in the maritime industry for its integrity and expertise,” said Vincent (Skip) Vaccarello, president and CEO of AWT. “I am delighted to welcome Phil Ahlfeldt as vice president of worldwide sales. He is proven talent with a reputation for creating sales momentum and sustainable value in a variety of high-growth businesses.”
About AWT
AWT is the leading provider of fleet optimization services and onboard voyage management software to ship owners, operators and charterers seeking the safest and most fuel-efficient routes for their fleets. Unlike companies that provide weather for multiple industries, or companies which only offer onboard weather software, AWT is staffed by world-renown experts in ship routing, meteorology, IT, maritime science and former ship captains who are focused solely on the maritime industry. Using the most sophisticated technology available, AWT routes more ships per month than any other company. Its superior customer service and integrity have made AWT the most trusted fleet optimization provider in the maritime industry. Founded in 1996, AWT is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with eight worldwide offices including UK, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Korea, Germany, and New Jersey. More information is available at www.awtworldwide.com or by calling 1-408-731-8600.
By Professional Mariner Staff