Executive Management Team
President, Chief Executive Officer
Todd Busch was named Tidewater's President and CEO in January 2020. Todd retired from Crowley Maritime Corporation in 2019, as Senior Vice President & General Manager, reporting directly to Tom Crowley, company chairman, president and CEO. Todd was with Crowley for more than 32 years, and held positions with many of the company’s business units including Government Services, Jensen Maritime, Vessel Management Services, Marine Solutions, Harbor Services and Titan Salvage.
Collectively these business units encompassed naval architecture and marine engineering; vessel construction management; facilities management; offshore engineering; project management, ship assist & escort, salvage & wreck removal, ship management and government contracting. In addition, he served as chairman of the board for Ardent Global, the emergency response & marine services company, owned jointly by Crowley and Svitzer.
Todd joined Crowley as an ordinary seaman in 1986 and earned his masters’ license working aboard company tugboats and salvage vessels. He came ashore in 1994 as a tug dispatcher and has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility. In 2002, Busch was awarded the Thomas B. Crowley trophy, the highest honor a Crowley employee can receive.
Todd represented Crowley in the International Salvage Union (ISU) for over 12 years and served on the executive committee for 10 years. In 2009, he was elected to President of the ISU, a position he held until September 2011.
Todd has also served as a director of the Clean Pacific Alliance, director of the Marine Response Alliance, executive member for Americas of the American Bureau of Shipping, executive committee member for Americas at DNVGL, as well as a founding executive committee member of the American Salvage Association.
Prior to joining Crowley, Todd sailed on vessels for the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association, and attended Arizona State University where he studied architecture.
He has been married to his wife Coreen, for over 30 years. They have two children, Britney a graduate of the University of Alabama, and the University of Washington Law School, and Garrett, a graduate of Florida State University.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Jim McGovern was named Tidewater’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Business Development in May 2017 and is a member of Tidewater’s Executive Management Team.
At Tidewater, Jim is responsible for leading the finance, information technology, treasury and risk management operations. Additionally, Jim works closely with the Executive Management Team to identify and pursue acquisitions that complement the company’s overall growth strategy.
Jim comes to Tidewater with over 30 years of domestic and international business experience primarily in manufacturing and distribution. Prior to joining Tidewater, Jim was the Chief Financial Officer for the Neil Jones Food Company, a large privately held food processing business with facilities employing over 2,500 employees and distribution operations across North America. Prior to that, Jim worked in the metals recycling industry for Schnitzer Steel Industries from 2004 – 2012. As Director for Business Development and Integration, Jim helped drive Schnitzer’s merger and acquisition activities by identifying and valuing target companies, overseeing integration and working with the acquiring business unit to achieve the expected financial returns.
Jim also spent time in the building products industry with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation from 1995 – 2004. He held various operating roles, including business unit general management, product development and controller for the Oriented Strand Board business after starting on their internal audit team. He began his career in finance as a Plant Controller with Georgia Pacific Corporation after which he worked for the Black and Decker Corporation as an internal audit manager.
Jim received his undergraduate degree in accounting and marketing and his MBA from the University of Portland.
William H. (Bill) Collins
Vice President - Quality, Health, Safety, Security, Environment (QHSSE)
Bill Collins was named Tidewater’s Director of EHS&S in April 2012. Bill oversees the company’s environmental, health, safety, security and quality programs and is also a member of Tidewater's Executive Management Team.
Bill brings 18 years of experience managing regulatory compliance to Tidewater. Prior to joining Tidewater, Bill managed compliance for ConocoPhillips' petroleum storage/distribution terminals and pipeline
facilities in Oregon and Washington. He has also held the position of senior scientist/compliance specialist with several earth and environmental consulting firms in the Pacific Northwest. His experience includes multi-media environmental compliance and reporting, auditing EHS policies, procedures and regulations, and supporting operations through permitting marine structure construction and repair, maintenance dredging, and pipeline installations and reroutes.
At Tidewater, the EHS&S department is the steward of the company’s strategic goal of incident free operations, and to this end, Bill has focused his group toward implementing a behavioral-based safety management system, developing a Comprehensive Management System to manage the company’s policies and procedures, developing an electronic task-based compliance management system to ensure regulatory compliance, and compiling and tracking a list of EHS&S key performance indicators for evaluating continuous improvement.
Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree from Radford University and Master of Science degrees from the University of Florida and the University of New Orleans emphasizing geophysics and hydrogeology. He is also a licensed geologist/hydrogeologist in Washington, Oregon, and Florida.
Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Johan Sperling was named Tidewater’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in August 2020 and is a member of Tidewater’s Executive Management Team. Johan is responsible for the company’s Maintenance and Engineering Department, Vessel Operations, Dispatch and Terminal Operations. Additionally, he will work closely with Tidewater Environmental Services and Tidewater’s Canadian entity, Island Tug and Barge, to support their efforts for safe and reliable operations.
Johan started in the marine industry working as a contractor for American Bureau of Shipping in New Orleans, 20 years ago. In 2001, he relocated to Seattle to join Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., as a naval architect and marine engineer, where he eventually became one of ten owners of the company.
In 2008 Jensen Maritime was acquired by Crowley, and at the time Johan held the position of Director of Business Development for Jensen Maritime, where he was responsible for the company’s sales and marketing efforts. In 2010 Johan was promoted to Vice President of Jensen, where he was given the responsibility for the day-to-day engineering management along with the profit and loss management for the business. In the years 2010 to 2018, Johan held multiple roles within Crowley’s light assets teams, including serving as Vice President of marine solutions, which saw him lead Jensen (Crowley’s naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary), the company’s new construction group, and the offshore project management team.
In January 2018, Johan transitioned to Crowley Shipping, where all of Crowley’s vessel operations were managed, and Johan was responsible for Crowley’s marine services group, where he lead the ship assist and escort services as well as having the oversight of the ocean-class tug and flat-deck barge fleets, which provide specialized cargo transportation to diverse shipping companies, offshore oil markets, and renewable energy markets.
Johan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering degree from the University of New Orleans.
Achieving our goals starts with a firm foundation, and we believe that our employees really do make the difference. Tidewater employs over 300 full-time personnel. Our staff encompasses a wide variety of areas in the maritime, terminal, and ship-cleaning business, including administrative, operations, maintenance, safety/environmental, finance, human resources, and vessel crews.
We are proud of our team of talented, dedicated and skilled employees. Many of our employees have over 20 years of employment experience within our company. This record of extraordinary tenure is a testament to our dedication toward our customers, each other and our company's guiding principles of operation.
Tidewater is proud to carry on its long standing commitment to charitable giving and non-profit support. In addition to our corporate charitable giving program, Tidewater has an employee matching program that is designed to acknowledge and support our employees’ commitment to charitable giving and helps their donations make an even bigger impact to the non-profits that are important to them.
Tidewater's giving program has supported several organizations in our community including:
American Red Cross of SW Washington
Boys and Girls Club
Clark County Parks Foundation
Clark County Historical Museum
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Columbia Springs Environmental Center
Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife
Meals on Wheels
Oregon Maritime Museum
Ray Hickey Hospice House
Vancouver Rotary Foundation