JAMES A. WATSON, SPE, will join ABS as president and chief operating officer of its Americas division. In his new position, Watson will oversee activities in North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean. Before joining ABS, he served as director of the US Bureau of Environmental Safety and Enforcement and as the director of prevention policy for marine safety, security, and stewardship at the US Coast Guard. Watson earned a BS degree in marine engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy, MS degrees in mechanical engineering and in naval architecture from the University of Michigan, and an MS degree in strategic studies from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
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