EXECUTIVE TEAM

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Will Roberts
Chief Operating Officer

Will Roberts joined Foss in 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) where he was responsible for building the customer facing team to support Foss Maritime’s ALWAYS SAFE. ALWAYS READY. company culture. In 2018, Roberts was named Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, he is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the company’s fleet, the full-service Seattle shipyard and the marine engineering and naval architectural services team.

Prior to joining Foss, Roberts served as Senior Vice President, Customer and Services–Americas, for global marine systems and services provider Rolls-Royce. During his tenure at Rolls-Royce, Roberts also served in the roles of Sales Manager U.S. West Coast, Vice President Global Customer Training and Services Development based in Aalesund, Norway, and Chief of Staff to the President of Rolls-Royce Land & Sea in London, UK. Roberts began his career in the U.S. Navy as a qualified Deck and Engineering Officer onboard the U.S.S. Honolulu, a fast attack submarine based out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

Roberts graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Ocean Engineering, and holds a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. Most recently Roberts completed a course of study at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Mike Welch
Chief Financial Officer

Mike Welch joined Foss Maritime in 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Welch came to Foss after 15 years with Esterline Control and Communication Systems, where he served as Vice President of Finance. Welch holds a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan. He started his career in public accounting at a firm in his home state of Michigan, then relocated to Washington to work as a senior analyst at Washington Mutual. 

Paul Gallagher
Vice President, Business Development

Gallagher brings more than 30 years of experience within the maritime industry, and during his career he has been involved in all aspects of maritime operations and cargo transportation.

Gallagher began at Foss in 1991 and served in a variety of roles including director of sales for marine transportation, PNW regional operations manager and director of oilfield services. He managed business development and service delivery in support of project logistics for heavy lift cargo transportation for upstream oil and gas projects.

Gallagher has been the director of project services at TOTE Logistics and has worked collaboratively with Carlile, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Delta Western, Northern Air Cargo and Foss Maritime on a wide variety of projects in Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states. Gallagher is responsible for business development including emerging markets.

Gallagher grew up in Maine as the son of fisherman and attended Maine Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nautical science. 

Jeff Horst
Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Jeff Horst joined Foss in 2008 and served as Commercial Director for the Foss Harbor Services division; covering ports in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Alaska. In 2018, Horst was named Vice President, Sales and Marketing, responsible for leading all customer facing business development teams.

Prior to joining Foss, Horst had a successful 21-year carrier in logistics and freight forwarding, reaching the position of Vice President of Sales for two of the top global logistics firms.

Originally from Detroit, Horst is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Darlene Crowder
Vice President, Human Resources
Darlene Crowder

Darlene Crowder joined Foss in 2014 as the Vice President for Human Resources. Previously the top HR leader at Swedish Medical Group, she brings over 25 years of experience to the position, having worked extensively in human resources throughout the Seattle area.

Crowder is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and has an Accelerated Implementation Methodology Accreditation. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Industrial Relations from Central Washington University. A member of the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as well as the Seattle SHRM chapter, she has worked for several Seattle-area companies and has provided human resources expertise to private employers as an independent consultant.

Grant Johnson
Vice President, HSQE

Grant Johnson joined Foss in 2017 as Vice President of Health, Safety, Quality and Environment (HSQE) where he is responsible for strengthening HSQE performance to support Foss’ “Always Safe.  Always Ready” culture. Johnson came to Foss from TechnipFMC, an international energy services provider, where he served in various capacities including Director of Worldwide Fleet Management, Asset Technical Director, and most recently as manager of TechnipFMC’s contract with Marine Well Containment Company. Prior to TechnipFMC Johnson held various positions within BP’s Alaskan, Shipping, and US Gulf of Mexico businesses and began his career as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed engineering officer serving aboard vessels engaged in domestic and international commerce.

With a keen interest in improving the safety culture within the energy and maritime sectors Johnson has actively lead and participated in various industry committees and working groups including serving as Vice-Chairman of the Coast Guard’s National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and Co-Chairman of the Offshore Operators Committee’s Marine Transportation and Security Committee. Johnson graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering, holds an MBA from Rice University, and served 20 years in the US Navy Reserve achieving the Rank of Commander.

Sloane Perras
Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer

As Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Sloane Perras leads Foss Maritime’s Legal and Risk Management Group where she provides legal counsel, advises on business strategies and best practices, and directs ethics and compliance programs.

Prior to joining Foss, Perras served as Chief Administrative and Legal Officer for two privately held retail brands. In her roles at both companies, Perras regularly reviewed enterprise risk strategies, financial controls and flows of revenue. She managed the risk management functions and provided enterprise strategy for innovation, regulatory compliance and HR risk mitigation. In addition, Perras worked closely with the leadership teams on corporate governance, including cyber and privacy issues.

Perras early career was with companies involved in the global supply chain. As an in-house lawyer, she was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary of Americold Logistics, LLC and corporate counsel of Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (“EXPD”). Throughout her supply chain background, she has addressed significant regulatory and compliance matters, especially around global enforcement protocol.

Perras has a degree in Finance from University of Florida and earned her law degree, Cum Laude, from University of Georgia School of Law.

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