Udo Kleinitz has been elected secretary general of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA). The news was announced at ICOMIA’s AGM in Gdansk, Poland last week.

Kleinitz replaces Tony Rice, who is retiring after 13 years in the role.

Kleinitz is no stranger to ICOMIA, having spent five years with the association as technical manager. He started his boatbuilding career in 1994. After obtaining the German Master Craftsman degree in boatbuilding he moved to the UK to work for ICOMIA in 2008. He then worked for two years as head of technical services at the British Marine Federation (BMF).

In addition, Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US, has succeeded Peter Methven of the BMF as ICOMIA’s new president. Dammrich joined the NMMA in 1999 and has been a member of the ICOMIA Executive Committee since 2003. This included a previous two-year term as president from 2008-2010.

ICOMIA was founded in 1965 to serve as a single voice for the marine industry worldwide. The group represents national boating federations in 35 countries.

Image: L-R: Udo Kleinitz, Thom Dammrich, Andrea Razeto, Jouko Huju, Tony Rice