PENNINGTON, N.J., Dec. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OPTT) ("OPT" or the "Company"), a leading wave energy technology company, today announced the appointment of Mark A. Featherstone as Chief Financial Officer, effective December 12, 2013. Mr. Featherstone, 52, is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience working with capital markets, regulatory and accounting matters, strategic alliances and treasury management. "We are very pleased to have Mark Featherstone join OPT as we embark on our next stage of expansion and commercial development," said Charles F. Dunleavy, Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Power Technologies. "Mark has years of experience at organizations both large and small, across a wide spectrum of product categories, and is well suited to help lead OPT in the years to come. With the Company pursuing many commercialization opportunities across the globe, we will certainly benefit from Mark's expertise in strategic planning, financial management, and capital markets activity. Mark is dedicated to improving shareholder value, and we welcome him to the senior management team at this important time in our growth trajectory." Prior to joining OPT, Mr. Featherstone spent over ten years at Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR), most recently as Vice President, CFO and Treasurer. In that capacity at Quaker, a multinational company with over $700 million in annual revenue, he led all global finance-related functions including treasury, corporate development, investor relations, financial planning, and internal audit. During his tenure there he also managed a significant equity offering, several acquisitions and a debt refinancing. Prior to Quaker, Mr. Featherstone spent several years at both Coty, the world's largest mass-market fragrance company, and Scott Paper, now part of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, in a series of financial and accounting positions of increasing responsibility. Previously he worked at Arthur Andersen & Company. Over his career, Mr. Featherstone has been responsible for the financial reporting of many product lines, raised both debt and equity, assisted in the restructuring of operations leading to improved financial results and has overseen mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.