CARIS Appoints Horst Hecht as Scientific Advisor

May 25, 2009 -- CARIS, leading developer of marine and hydrographic software, announced today that Mr. Horst Hecht has joined the team as Senior Scientific Advisor.

Mr. Hecht recently retired as Head of the Department of Nautical Hydrography and Vice-President of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH). Well known and respected in the international hydrographic community, Mr. Hecht has participated in several working groups and committees of the International Hydrographic Organization. He is particularly experienced in the fields of ECDIS, ENC and Marine Spatial Data Infrastructures.

In his capacity as Senior Scientific Advisor, Mr. Hecht will provide counsel in the development of the company’s current and next generation of marine and hydrographic software being readied for the marketplace.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Hecht join us as a Senior Scientific Advisor. His knowledge and expertise, in a multitude of marine and hydrographic arenas, will be invaluable to CARIS," stated Dr. Salem E. Masry, President & CEO of CARIS. "Given the depth and breadth of Mr. Hecht’s experience, his appointment is especially timely as CARIS expands its development of integrated hydrographic production workflow solutions to new and evolving markets.”

Established in 1979, CARIS is a leading developer of geospatial software. The CARIS Ping-to-Chart product line delivers an integrated software solution for the entire workflow of hydrographic information from the echosounder “ping” through to the production and distribution of the “chart”. CARIS products are continually selected by hydrographic offices, military agencies, survey contractors, ports and harbours, municipalities, land administrators and academia among others. In addition to its Canadian headquarters, CARIS has offices in The Netherlands, United States, Australia and United Kingdom. There are also more than 40 resellers bringing sales and support of CARIS brand software to more than 75 countries.

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