Maritime Information Systems AS, Norway (MARIS) has appointed Ralf Pluch Sales Director for Europe. Austrian-born Mr Pluch joins the company from ExNC Entwicklungs- und Vertriebs GmbH, which he founded to develop and market AIS Class B transponders.
Prior to this, he worked as Sales Director with Nauticast GmbH/ ACR Europe, developing an international sales and service network for AIS Class A transponders. During this time, the company gained a market share of 20% in more than 30 countries.
In his role at MARIS, Mr.Pluch will target sales in the European markets excluding Scandinavia. Mr.Pluch takes over as Sales Director Europe from Willy Hansen who, following the global agreement signed last year between MARIS and Radio Holland, moves to the role of Director Special Projects for this venture.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Pluch said: “It is a challenging task supporting MARIS to grow to the next level. The MARIS team has made exceptional progress. Mr.Hansen established an excellent partner network which enables MARIS to support clients globally.
Steinar Gundersen, Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate) MARIS AS added:
“Ralf Pluch joins MARIS at a crucial time for the maritime industries. His marketing and sales experience will be invaluable in taking the company to the next level.”
For further information, readers can contact: Steinar Gundersen,
Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate) MARIS AS, Tel: +47 97472000 Email: steinar.gundersen@MARIS.no
About MARIS MARIS is a limited company with its head office in Tønsberg, Norway, a recognised centre for maritime information technology. The company has delivered thousands of navigation systems to customers world-wide. The majority owner is the Grieg Group (www.grieg.com).
The Grieg Group has a long and proud maritime tradition. Today, the Group operates globally within a variety of business areas; shipping, global logistic services, shipbroking, maritime information systems, investment consulting and fish farming. The Grieg Group has about 1, 700 employees. The roots of MARIS go
back to the start of the maritime information technology explosion in the mid
1960s. MARIS is a system house with world-class experience in on-board systems. Innovative engineering has added several ´world firsts´ to its list of
milestones. Among them our ´Wheelmark´ certified ECDIS and PC Radar/ARPA, IEC 60945 certified Flat Panel Computer and S-VDR/ECDIS COMBO. MARIS is working with the UKHO to develop The Admiralty Navigator.