The search for a new president for the Webb Institute led to a 130-year-old Glen Cove School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering alumnus.
Mark Martecchini will become the 16th president of the Webb Institute when he takes office on July 1, succeeding R. Keith Michel, who is retiring after nine years.
In a statement released by the Institute, Martecchini said he was honored to have been chosen “to lead Webb into … a future where sustainability and decarbonization will redraw the map of the maritime industry, with Webb graduates being ideally placed for this change to happen “.
The undergraduate institution, which accommodates 105 students on a 26-acre waterfront campus in a former estate, offers full scholarships and is the oldest such program in the United States.
Martecchini, a resident of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.
He had a 38-year career with Stolt-Nielsen, an international logistics company with more than 6,000 employees in 30 countries. He was most recently managing director of Stolt Tankers, operating the world’s largest tanker fleet, according to the institute’s statement.
He also noted that Martecchini, one of two sons who graduated from the Webb Institute in 2009, has served on several industry association boards and previously chaired the Webb Institute’s academic and student affairs committee. It was the unanimous choice of the research committee of the board of directors and the board of directors.
In his remarks, Board Chairman Bruce S. Rosenblatt called Martecchini a “visionary leader” and praised Michel who retired for increasing student numbers, results, diversity and the school’s financial strength during his tenure.
Michel said of his successor: “I have long admired his collaborative approach to leadership and believe he is uniquely prepared to lead Webb at a time when rapid technological advancements demand innovative approaches to engineering education. . ”