Margaret Kaigh Doyle named vice president of development for USMRC, Maritime Simulation Institute

The United States Maritime Resource Center and the Maritime Simulation Institute have appointed Margaret Kaigh Doyle vice president of development.

Doyle, who assumed her new role on Jan. 30, has over 25 years of experience in the maritime industry. The majority of her career has focused on representing the interests of various sectors in the industry including ship owners and operators, government agencies and salvage and firefighting organizations.

Doyle will be responsible for managing and executing all aspects of program development as well as the full spectrum of marketing and fundraising efforts for the resource center and the Middletown, R.I.-based Maritime Simulation Institute, which is a division of the resource center.

“Margaret is a superb addition to the USMRC team,” says Brian Holden, resource center president, in a Maritime Simulation Institute press release, “and our staff at the Maritime Simulation Institute is very eager to work with her to help our well-respected maritime education and training programs, marine operations research activities and to raise awareness within the maritime industry of our highly regarded capabilities.”

Prior to joining the resource center, Doyle was general manager of the Marine Response Alliance, a consortium of the world’s foremost emergency towing, lightering, salvage and marine firefighting companies, the Institute says. She is best known for her work at the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners as well as serving as the executive director of the Chemical Carriers Association for more than a decade. Throughout her tenure with the tanker owners’ group and CCA, Doyle represented 85 percent of the worldwide chemical tanker fleet at the international, federal and state level.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Doyle holds advanced degrees from Pennsylvania State University and George Washington University. She is a three-time recipient of the U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendation. In 2010, she received the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award.