Ekse, who was previously the firm’s project operations director, takes over from current president and Chief Engineer Brian King, who is retiring after 33 years with the company. King plans to stay active in EBDG projects on a limited basis as principal emeritus.
“Brian will be deeply missed, but his many accomplishments will be a reminder of his contributions to our industry, our company and our future,” said John Waterhouse, chair of EBDG’s Board of Directors. “As we look to the future, we are confident Robert’s appointment will lead us to success as we grow and diversify internally and externally.”
Ekse, a principal in the firm, will oversee the EBDG’s team and business affairs, including its subsidiary company, SeeSaw Services, and be tasked with furthering the firm’s big strategic objectives. He approaches the role with three decades of marine industry experience from well-known firms such as Vigor, Alaska Marine Highway System, Alaska Ship & Drydock and Crowley Marine Services.
“Robert is a natural leader who empowers and motivates those around him,” King said. “His hands-on approach to management coupled with his energy and commitment will guide the company to many great achievements. I am very excited to be leaving the leadership of this company in such capable hands.”