Austal USA announced recently the employment of Dr. Craig Hooper as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and External Affairs. Dr. Hooper comes to Austal as the publisher of NextNavy.com, a national security-oriented web site. He has a PhD from Harvard University and is the co-founder of New Pacific Institute, a national security think-tank. His experience also includes work as a lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, School of International Graduate Studies, Department of National Security Affairs. He is the founding contributor to the U.S. Naval Institute Blog on naval affairs and has published papers for leading defense publications to include: Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, National Defense Magazine, and Naval War College Review.
Austal USA’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Rella, had this to say about Dr. Hooper’s employment at Austal, in a statement, “I am incredibly pleased that Craig has joined the Austal team. His knowledge and experience will provide the necessary strategic marketing analysis in order to expand on our current vessels, and new offerings in the future. Craig’s leadership and guidance will enhance our existing talented sales and marketing team.”