Thursday, September 27, 2012
Former president and co-owner of Jensen Maritime, Sue Williams, retires after 30 years
Jensen Maritime announced the retirement of former president and co-owner Sue Williams today. Williams has spent more than 30 years providing strong leadership and guidance to the naval architecture and marine engineering firm.
Williams was hired at Jensen in 1980 as front desk manager. In 1981, a majority interest in Jensen was bought by a Norwegian firm, which later bought owner Ben Jensen's stake in the company after his death in 1983. Williams remained at Jensen, managing the fiscal affairs of the company, and was given a 5 percent stake in the successful firm.
Eventually Williams and other company employees bought out the Norwegians and Williams became the president and majority owner of Jensen in 1993 through 2005, when Jonathan Parrot succeeded her as president.
In 2008, Crowley Maritime bought Jensen and the two firms share an office on Seattle's Pier 17 today. Williams has remained on staff throughout the changes and in recent years served as Jensen's director of finance and business analyst.
"What many people don't realize is that Sue is truly a self-made woman. She worked very, very hard to build the foundation for the company that Jensen is today," said Johan Sperling, vice president of Jensen. "As one of the few women in this industry, she accomplished an incredible amount. It's important for us to take the time to celebrate her contributions to this company now that she's retiring."
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