(SEATTLE) – ioCurrents Inc., a leading predictive analytics platform to the maritime industry, has announced the appointment of Will Roberts as president and chief executive officer. He will immediately assume day-to-day leadership of the company and will also join ioCurrents’ board of directors.
Roberts most recently served as president of Foss Maritime Co., where he led all sales, operations and administrative functions for the global marine transportation and logistics concern. Roberts will leverage his experience to guide ioCurrents through its next phase of growth by redefining go-to-market strategies, launching strategic new products, and building a team to scale the company as it continues its mission to simplify data for better real-time decision making, both at sea and on shore.
Jesse Brink will transition from the role of CEO, returning to his former chief revenue officer position.
Roberts’ background includes 12 years in executive positions at Rolls-Royce Marine, his last assignment being senior vice president, commercial marine-Americas. He also held roles of increasing responsibility in engineering and project management earlier in his career and served as an associate professor of naval sciences at several leading universities.
Roberts is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was a nuclear trained officer onboard the fast attack submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718).
“The board and I are confident that Will is the right person to take the reins and build on the momentum realized to date,” said John Polchin, chairman of ioCurrents board of eirectors. “He is a proven and motivational leader with immense maritime experience who will drive both growth and innovation. He is the ideal CEO for ioCurrents.”
In addition to the hiring of Roberts, the company also announced that it has secured additional financing in support of its three-year strategic business plan objectives – proceeds to be focused on talent acquisition, an increased global footprint, and decarbonization initiatives. The financing was led by Imagen Capital Partners LP. Terms were not disclosed.
“I am honored to take on the CEO role, and eager to advance the core strategies created by the ioCurrents team. I look forward to leading our company through its next chapter and helping customers leverage the ioCurrents AI platform to power efficiencies across fuel, maintenance, and voyages, while also maximizing environmental benefits. As the maritime industry moves toward a greener future, our technology is already there to support those initiatives,” said Roberts.
ioCurrents has emerged as a market leader in the development and deployment of real-time, predictive analytics to the maritime industry through its MarineInsight platform. With a global focus, the company’s technology actively supports international shipping concerns, U.S. tug operators and the offshore supply vessel market, with extensions into fishing, cruise and passenger, governmental and other industrial asset settings.