SAFE Boats names Hartwell Champagne SVP of operations


(BREMERTON, Wash.) — SAFE Boats International has appointed Hartwell Champagne as senior vice president of operations.
Champagne joined SAFE Boats in 2013 and has been a key member of the company’s executive team. Prior to his new assignment, he was the general manager of the company’s Large Craft Production facility in Tacoma, Wash., where the U.S. Navy’s Mk VI patrol boats are manufactured. Champagne has been part of the defense and government contracting industries almost the entirety of his career. He has a strong background in product development, program management and production operations management and has managed defense equipment development and production programs for customers around the world.   
“We are very excited to have an executive of Hartwell’s caliber and experience leading Operations at SAFE Boats," said CEO Dennis Morris. “Hartwell provides tremendous value to our team in terms of operations management, driving continuous improvements and optimizing the processes by which we design, build and support our boats.”
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By Professional Mariner Staff