Newport Lands Jason Kardas as Head of Product Development

The former VP of product development at Hobie will now drive innovation in electric propulsion technology at Newport.

Stockton, CA Newport, a leading innovator of clean electric technology in the boating and angling industry, is proud to announce the appointment of Jason Kardas as Head of Product Development. Jason brings a wealth of knowledge and a creative passion to his role, having established himself as a valuable asset throughout his career in product development. Jason is joining the Newport team following a highly successful tenure at Hobie Cat, where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Product Development and made substantial contributions to the outdoor and water technology sectors.

As Head of Product Development, Jason will oversee all facets of Newport’s product development projects, with a specific focus on electric outboard motors. His responsibilities encompass technical leadership, product lifecycle management, electric propulsion expertise, team leadership, market leadership, and ensuring the success of product launches. With his deep knowledge of electric propulsion technology and remarkable leadership skills, Jason is positioned as a key asset in driving Newport’s products to meet and exceed industry standards and customer expectations.

“We are excited to welcome Jason to our team,” says Patrick Dean, President for Newport. “His wealth of experience in the outdoor and water technology industries is a testament to his deep-rooted understanding of the field. His expertise is poised to be a significant asset to Newport, driving innovation and excellence as we shape the future of electric propulsion technology.”

Jason’s background, marked by dedication, creativity, and a commitment to excellence, makes him the perfect candidate for the role. His appointment as Head of Product Development reflects Newport’s dedication to fostering innovation and driving the company to new heights in the electric outboard motor industry.

“I’m thrilled to join the Newport team,” says Jason Kardas, Head of Product Development. “The company’s dedication to innovation in electric propulsion technology is inspiring, and I’m looking forward to contributing to our shared vision. The prospect of working with such a talented and forward-thinking team is both humbling and exhilarating.”

Newport is committed to innovation, technical excellence, and shaping the future of electric propulsion. Jason Kardas is critical in solidifying Newport’s leadership in the industry. With his appointment, Newport is poised to make a significant impact in the industry.

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About Newport®

The leading innovator of next-generation electric small boat motors, Newport® has delivered unrivaled experiences on the water for more than a decade. As passionate, lifelong members of the angling community, we are committed to a cleaner, simpler future and a better fishing experience for everyone. Newport’s pioneering technology redefines electric power to reduce the hassle, cost and harmful impact to our environment associated with traditional gas-fueled motors. At Newport®, the way forward is electric. Visit