Matson Promotes Three- John Couch Appointed Senior Vice President

Matson Navigation Company has promoted John C. Couch to senior vice president, Barrick L. Prince to vice president, and Merle Kelai to assistant vice president, sales, it was announced by J.P. Gray, president. Mr. Couch, a vice president since February 1978, will continue as Matson's area manager for southern California. Mr. Prince will continue as area manager for northern California, the position he has held since July 1980, and Mr. Kelai will continue as Hawaii sales manager in Honolulu, the post he has held for the past eight years.

Mr. Couch joined Matson in San Francisco as assistant to the senior vice president, engineering and marine operations, in 1976.

He later headed Matson's freight division and served as president of Matson Terminals, Inc. He was appointed vice president, area manager, southern California, in July 1980.

Mr. Prince started in Los Angeles as assistant sales manager in 1976. He was promoted to sales manager, southern California, in April 1977, and was appointed general sales manager at San Francisco headquarters in December 1979. Mr. Kelai started with Matson in Honolulu in 1963. He became Honolulu district sales manager in 1969, and was promoted to Hawaii sales manager in 1973.

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