October 25, 2000

McAlear new Kværner Philadelphia president
Kvaerner today announced the appointment of Ron J McAlear, as CEO of its Philadelphia Shipyard. The Kværner announcement says:

Mr McAlear (52), an American citizen, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, has spent all his professional career in the maritime industry, and currently holds a senior executive position with Litton Avondale Industries, Inc. He will take up his new position with Kvaerner in Philadelphia at the beginning of November.

McAlear is widely known and respected within the U.S. shipbuilding industry, having a solid background in shipbuilding, ship repair, ship-operations and marine equipment marketing and manufacturing.

He has held a number of senior positions with Avondale since 1988, and is currently Vice President of Operations, reporting to the President of the company. Today he leads a workforce of some 5,000 employees. Given his impressive track record, and the completion by Kvaerner of America’s most state-of-the-art shipyard in Philadelphia, a good platform has been established to develop the new facility into a world-class shipbuilding business. McAlear’s appointment is also expected to make the yard more attractive both to customers, and future prospective owners.

Trained in naval architecture and marine engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan, Ron McAlear also undertook various management courses at Harvard, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. He is a member of the (American) Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, in which he undertakes active roles, and also has an affiliation with the Propeller Club, the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Navy League, and the Surface Ship Navy Association. McAlear is also Licensed in the State of Louisiana as a Professional Engineer.

Ron McAlear, is married and has one daughter. Baard Bale, who has been acting CEO of the yard since June this year, will be returning to Kvaerner’s international headquarters in London during December.

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