Gulf Island chief executive to retire

The head of Terrebonne Parish’s largest private company will retire Jan. 1.

Kerry Chauvin has been at Gulf Island Fabrication for 27½ years, most of them as CEO and board chairman.

Chauvin says he has some health problems, and he and his wife would like to travel.

President and Chief Operating Officer Kirk Meche will become CEO. Board member John Laborde will become board chairman.

The company builds offshore oil platforms, related structures and ships. It had 2,200 workers in November — double the number in 2009.

Chauvin plans to consult for Gulf Island after he retires.

BR chamber, U-High to promote area jobs

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber and LSU Laboratory School are teaming up to help promote the Capital Region as a place where University High alumni should work and live.

The two organizations announced Tuesday they had agreed to a memorandum of understanding that calls for BRAC to identify career opportunities for University High graduates who have moved out of the area but are looking to move back and circulate their résumés to Capital Region businesses that have job openings. BRAC and the Lab School will also partner for events to promote the region and job opportunities in the metro area.

BRAC has similar arrangements in place with LSU, Southern University, the Baton Rouge High Foundation, McKinley High and Episcopal High.

Compiled from Associated Press and Advocate
business staff reports.