Barry Clutton has been appointed as managing director of Sonardyne International Ltd, one of the world's leading specialists in subsea acoustic positioning, navigation and communications. He has moved into the MD's post following nine years as the company's finance director.
"I am greatly looking forward to playing a key rôle in Sonardyne's future which promises to be an exciting time for the company as we expand into new markets," said Barry Clutton. "I intend to ensure that the company maintains its emphasis on innovation and customer service and I am looking forward to introducing new products currently in development that I am confident will bring important benefits to the industry."
Barry Clutton has taken over from Ian Polley who has now retired after 16 years as the firm's MD. In that time, Ian oversaw many of the key developments in Sonardyne's offshore acoustic technology including the launch of SIPS, the company's expansion into new global markets and most recently, the introduction of Fusion Wideband technology. This particular achievement was marked during his farewell party at the Sonardyne's headquarters in Yateley, UK, when he was given the job of cutting into two cakes that had been made in the style of Sonardyne's Compatt 5 Wideband transponders. Ian Polley shared his party with Nigel Kelland who has retired from his post as operations director after 27 years with Sonardyne.