Board members of Elliott Bay Design Group in Seattle have named Robert Ekse as president, succeeding Brian King, who most recently served as president and chief engineer.
King, who is retiring after 33 years with the firm, plans to still remain active in EBDG projects on a limited capacity.
Ekse was promoted from director of project operations to president, while remaining a principal of the firm. He now directly supervises the company’s business affairs, including subsidiary company SeeSaw Services. He also has assumed responsibility for advancing EBDG’s major strategic objectives while leading team planning in business management, engineering, personnel development and sales.
Ekse has 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including prior employment with Vigor, Alaska Marine Highway System, Alaska Ship and Drydock and Crowley Marine Services.
EBDG is a full service, employee-owned naval architecture and marine engineering firm that supports owners, operators and shipyards. Its team includes naval architects, engineers, designers and analysts with expertise in design, support and analysis of the feasibility of marine transportation.