Baltic Yachts has appointed a new chief executive officer, Anders Kurten, who will join the company in September. Kurten is currently employed as director, products at Inha Works, a subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Europe manufacturing Buster, Cross and Yamarin boats and is also chairman of Finnboat, the umbrella organisation for the country’s marine industry.
Kurten has more than 15 years of experience in marine industry management across both the sailing and powerboat sectors and will continue to drive Baltic Yachts’ future strategy together with Henry Hawkins, who becomes executive vice president. Hawkins will be concentrating on sales, marketing and after sales.
Jurate Keblyte, whose interim role as chief financial operating officer finishes in July, will remain on the company’s advisory board. “I am delighted that Baltic Yachts and the Baltic Family will be benefiting from Anders Kurten’s extensive experience in the marine industry and his proven management skills,” comments Keblyte.
With a new order for a Baltic 117 Custom signed recently, the Baltic 146 Custom in production and “excellent prospects for new orders”, the company is well prepared for the future according to a Baltic representative.
According to The Superyacht Agency, Baltic Yachts has delivered an average of 0.9 30m-plus vessels per year over the last decade, with its most prolific period falling between 2013-2017, wherein the sailing yacht specialist delivered at least a single vessel per year over the course of five years. With two vessels already delivered in 2019, the yard has already equalled its most prolific year in terms of superyacht deliveries and, with a further two deliveries expected in 2021, the yard continues to deliver vessels relatively consistently.
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