W&O hires engineered solutions manager

W&O has hired Todd Nestel as engineered solutions manager for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products, valve automation and data management systems.

Todd, who has more than 20 years of marine engineering, shore-side industrial facilities and robotics experience, is responsible for overseeing W&O’s engineered solutions team and managing the development of engineered products, including W&O’s iShip FuelProof and FuelProof Fusion fuel management systems.

“During the past decade, our business model has moved more towards being an engineered solutions partner to the marine industry in addition to being a commodity supplier, and our engineered products have been an integral part of that expansion,” says Michael Hume, W&O’s president and CEO, in a company press release. “This area of our business has grown exponentially during the past few years through new product offerings based on customer needs, which are delivered seamlessly due to the technical expertise of our team members and the return-on-investment for our customers. We are confident that Todd’s experience and knowledge of our industry will only enhance our ability to deliver engineered marine solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations.”

W&O’s engineered solutions for the marine industry utilize leading-edge technology to create engineered and automated products that streamline operations and lower lifetime operating costs, the company says. The engineered solutions team has been dedicated to bringing more accurate fuel monitoring and measurement to the marine industry through its iShip FuelProof and FuelProof Fusion products, as an example of the types of engineered products that Nestel will manage.  Nestel is tasked with continuing to expand W&O’s solutions through new product development and successful implementation of engineered products into customer projects, which includes partnering with customers to develop optimal on-board efficiencies, W&O says.

Prior to joining W&O, Nestel served in multiple sales and engineering manager roles for several marine industry related companies. Throughout his career, he has been a pioneer in helping bring product and service solutions to specific sectors of the marine industry to help customers address industry regulations and technological advancement, W&O says.

Nestel also has extensive experience in marine vessel operations and robotics, the company adds, contributing greatly to his industry expertise and ability to identify opportunities to streamline vessel operations and functions. Nestel graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a dual major in marine engineering and marine transportation, and served as Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve.