Tidewater hires new chief executive officer

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Bob Curcio has been hired to lead Tidewater Barge Lines Inc. as its new chief executive officer, the Vancouver-based company announced Thursday. He succeeds Dennis McVicker, who has served as Tidewater's CEO since 2005.

Trained as a chemical engineer, Curcio's background includes more than 30 years of executive experience in the petroleum industry, including 20 years at ExxonMobil and also at NATCO Group Inc., which designs, manufactures and markets oil and gas production equipment.

He most recently led the $1 billion sub-systems business for GE Oil & Gas. Curcio's appointment follows changes that took place at Tidewater earlier this year, when Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners -- a New York-based investment firm -- replaced Portland-based Endeavour Capital as the company's major equity investor.