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September 2022

Channel Technologies Group Inaugurates New Strategic Advisory Board

Image: CTG Channel Technologies Group (CTG) has named Ret. Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly, Ret. Rear Adm. Nevin P. Carr and Ret. Rear Adm. Winford (Jerry) Ellis to the company’s first Strategic Advisory Board (Board). The Board will help CTG expand its leadership position in the underwater technology industry through identifying methods to better connect with customers and identifying solutions to current and future challenges. CTG and its family of brands including Channel Industries (CI), ITC and Sonatech, are worldwide leaders in the design and manufacture of top-quality piezoelectric ceramics, transducers and advanced sonar systems used in marine, geophysical, and medical fields. CTG products keep the Navy and its personnel safe on national security missions around the world. “For 50 years, we have been delivering top-quality, highly-reliable products to our customers, including the U.S. Navy,” stated Kevin Ruelas, president and chief executive officer of CTG. “Our Strategic Advisory Board and the unique expertise that each one of these admirals bring to our company will enable us to better connect with our key customers, determine the new challenges that lie ahead for our industry and the country and deliver innovative technologies to solve those challenges.”

Each member of the current board has distinct experience in marine technology from decades of service in the U.S. Navy that he will bring to CTG.
• Vice Adm. Donnelly’s more than 35 years with the Navy included extensive experience in operations of the U.S. submarine fleet. In his last position, he served as Commander, Submarine Forces and can provide insight on fleet-wide requirements.
• Rear Adm. Carr’s career focused in the area of Surface Warfare. His operational experience at sea, as well as his capstone tour as the Chief of Naval Research, will provide CTG a fresh perspective on the innovative solutions CTG can bring to maritime advanced technology.
• Rear Adm. Ellis has a long career in naval undersea operations, command, and strategy. His expertise can assist in identifying strategic challenges that advanced technologies from CTG can help solve.

“After a rewarding career with the U.S. Navy where we relied on the products CTG developed and delivered to the fleet, I am very pleased to join the company’s Strategic Advisory Board,” stated Vice Adm. Donnelly. “CTG has the skill and expertise that will continue provide needed capabilities to the U.S. Navy and related maritime industries.” CTG is a vertically integrated manufacturer of piezoelectric ceramics made by CI, transducers from ITC using CI's piezoelectric ceramics, and advanced sonar systems developed by Sonatech and engineered from components including CI ceramics and ITC transducers. These products are used in mission-critical applications by end-users such as the U.S. Navy, medical device manufacturers and underwater oil and gas exploration companies in applications where quality, performance, durability and product life are paramount.

Vice Admiral John J. Donnelly USN (retired)
Vice Adm. Donnelly most recently served as Commander, Submarine Forces. He was responsible for force-wide strategies on core submarine issues including force structure, budgetary requirements and manpower. Vice Adm. Donnelly also served as Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic and as Commander, Allied Submarine Command where he was the principal adviser to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on submarine plans, operations and doctrine. Vice Adm. Donnelly received an M.S. from the Naval Post Graduate School and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr USN (retired)
Rear Adm. Carr most recently served as Chief of Naval Research, with additional duties as Director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (International Programs) and Director, Navy International Program Office, and as the Deputy Director of Surface Warfare for Combat Systems and Weapons. Most of his career was spent outside of Washington, in eight sea tours including command of USS Arleigh Burke and USS Cape St. George. Rear Adm. Carr received an M.S. from the Naval Post Graduate School and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

Rear Admiral Winford G. (Jerry) Ellis USN (retired)
Rear Adm. Ellis spent 36 years on active Duty as a Nuclear Submariner, retiring in 2000. During this time, Rear Adm. Ellis served on seven submarines, commanding two of them – USS Ulysses S. Grant and USS City of Corpus Christi. Additionally, he commanded Submarine Squadron Six, Submarine Group Ten, and all submarines in the Pacific (COMSUBPAC). He also served, as the Oceanographer of the Navy and following active duty, was the Special Assistant for Undersea Warfare for the Secretary of the Navy. He is currently the Chair for Undersea Warfare at the Naval Postgraduate School. Rear Adm. Ellis earned a M.S. at the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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