Sonardyne International Ltd. has today announced the appointment of Dr Ralph Rayner as its new Non-Executive Chairman. Ralph is currently a Non-Executive Director of the company and will succeed outgoing Chairman Barry Clutton on 1st May 2013. Previously Finance Director and then Managing Director prior to his appointment as Chairman in 2009, Barry is retiring after 16 years with the company.

Ralph is an internationally recognised figure within the offshore and oceanographic industries. He has extensive senior and Board level international experience with a diverse portfolio of organisations including the BMT Group, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Fugro and is actively engaged with professional and learned societies such as the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS). Using his experience, Ralph will provide strategic insight and guidance as Sonardyne enters the next phase of its growth and development.

“Barry Clutton’s retirement comes at the end of a record year for Sonardyne, a year where we have secured some of our largest ever sales and expanded every aspect of our business operations. We thank him for the invaluable and tireless contributions he has made and wish him all the best in his retirement. With Ralph Rayner coming onboard as Non-Executive Chairman, we look forward to further growth and expansion with innovative new products using our diverse technology portfolio.”

John Ramsden, Sonardyne Managing Director.