Gulf Island announces executive appointments

(HOUSTON) — Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. has appointed Christian Vaccari as executive vice president of its Shipyard Division and Donald Mackay as executive vice president of its Fabrication and Services Divisions. 

Vaccari previously served as senior vice president, business development, of the Shipyard Division. Mackay previously served as executive vice president of the company’s former EPC Division, which was combined with the Fabrication Division in the first quarter 2019. 

“I am thrilled to have Chris and Donald accept these very important leadership positions within our company," said Kirk Meche, president and CEO of Gulf Island. "Chris’ extensive experience in the shipbuilding industry, and Donald’s extensive experience with the offshore and onshore industries, make both uniquely qualified to oversee the operations of these divisions. I am confident that Chris and Donald are the right individuals to lead our divisions.”

Gulf Island is a leading fabricator of complex steel structures, modules and marine vessels used in energy extraction and production, petrochemical and industrial facilities, power generation, alternative energy and shipping and marine transportation operations. The company also provides project management, hookup, commissioning, repair, maintenance and civil construction services. The company operates and manages its business through three operating divisions: Fabrication, Shipyard and Services, with its corporate headquarters located in Houston, Texas, and fabrication facilities located in Houma, Jennings and Lake Charles, La. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff