7 October 2021, Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA: VIKAND Solutions, LLC—the global maritime medical operations and public health provider—announces the appointment of Dave Bull as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vikand Direct, effective 7 October 2021.
Dave Bull’s global leadership experience reflects exceptional executive leadership skills with an unparalleled understanding of evolving technology. He comes to Vikand from the Walt Disney Company where he has managed large teams to support ABC and Fox, Disney Cruise Lines, and Disney attractions and resorts.
Peter Hult, VIKAND CEO, comments, “The VIKAND team is honored to welcome Dave Bull as he takes the reins of Vikand Direct, our maritime health care technology solution. Dave has an exceptional blend of operational management paired with an incomparable grasp of applied technology and its frenetic evolution. In his role, Dave will guide, communicate with, and provide navigation for both the Vikand team and the global industry on how best to deploy technology to meet maritime medical operations— and our customers—needs.”
At Disney, Dave managed diverse tasks, including its 24/7/365 Network Operations Center, Situation Incident Management, Service Assurance, Business Operations, Data Centers, Tiers 1, 2 and 3 engineering teams, Solution Architects, change and vendor management. Communications skills are central to this degree of management. It is customary for Dave to report to boards of directors, shareholders meetings, and many thousands of employees.
Dave Bull commenced his career while serving as an officer in the British army with service in many of the most extreme global environments and deploying technologies throughout his career as an officer. His entire post-Army career has been within the technology arena and operationally supporting service platforms.
Dave has led organizations—including Panasonic, Nortel Networks, Terremark, GPX Global Systems, Tyco, Disney, and Atos—from start-ups through to Fortune 50 companies. In all his roles, Dave’s managerial and technical strengths have applied to integrating analysis of correct technology selections to providing roadmaps for support and maintenance of the selected infrastructures cost-effectively, all while ensuring quality of customer service through brilliant team management.
“All sectors of the maritime industry are at a leaping off point with respect to how technology can serve fundamental human sustainability,” says Bull. “Seafarers’ wellbeing is paramount in solving global shipping quagmires. For cruise lines, commercial shipping, yachting and remote destinations, operator peace of mind anchored in robust medical operations onboard is paramount during the continuing and, ultimately, post-COVID era. All of us at VIKAND are working to ensure Vikand Direct is well positioned to tackle these issues and to evolve in concert with technology. I relish the opportunity to promote it, to work with VIKAND’s well-rounded team, and to raise Vikand Direct’s profile as a global maritime solution.”
Dave has a master’s degree in Information Technology, an undergraduate degree in International Business, is a Prince2 Practitioner and acquired a Diploma for Product Development and Management from the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology.
A man of the world having lived in Cyprus, India, the United States and with extensive global travel, Dave Bull is an exceptional leader with a diverse cross-cultural background, sensitivities to international marketplaces and expertise in European, Asian, Middle Eastern and Americas geography, markets, and management.