Esri has hired Drew Stephens to expand the market for GIS within the ocean industry.

"Stephens has worked with Esri for many years promoting the use of GIS to design sustainable practices for land and sea," Esri chief scientist Dawn Wright said. "By stepping into the industry manager role, he is helping us place geospatial technologies into the hands of many more ocean scientists, fleet managers and government analysts for decision-making, planning and policy implementation."

Skilled in database design, training, and consulting, Stephens brings to Esri more than 20 years of GIS experience.