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Date: 11 Nov 2008

Maxwell Marine Announces the Appointment of a New General Manager for Their Australian Operation

Maxwell is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Andy Stephens to the role of General Manager of Maxwell Australia. Andy brings years of valuable experience in the international marine industry to this new position.

From a very young age Andy developed an affinity with the ocean and boating, and his passion for sailing took him to live and work in the marine industry in many parts of the world including the Pacific, Caribbean, Mediterranean and predominantly SE Asia.

He pursued formal Mariner certifications before settling in Thailand in 1994 where he initially became involved with the management of vessel repair and servicing, expanding into several key positions in marina development, construction and management.

In 2001 he completed his CMM certification and continued to establish himself as a well regarded and integral member of the regional marine industry. During his twelve years in Thailand, Andy held numerous and significant positions with marine-related committees and associations and prior to his relocation to NZ in 2006, oversaw the completion of the marina at Royal Phuket Marina, Thailand's largest integrated marina and resort development.

Andy commenced work in 2006 with Bellingham Marine NZ as the Sales and Marketing Manager, a position which saw him responsible for meeting the needs of existing and new clients throughout New Zealand and the Pacific. As satisfying as that role was, Andy welcomed the opportunity to bring his family home to Australia with Maxwell Marine in September this year.

Maxwell is confident that Andy will bring a fresh and vigorous approach to their well established Australian operation and, with his customer focused commitment, further establish Maxwell as the premier supplier of anchoring and boat hatch equipment in Australia.