After seven years in the role of director at Chinese superyacht shipyard Pride Mega Yachts, Itay Simhony has made the decision to, amicably, leave the company.

Simhony joined the company when it was still known as Raffles Yacht, after which the superyacht division rebranded to Pride Mega Yachts. During his time at the company, Simhony worked in both the commercial and superyacht divisions of the company and his recent work included overseeing the design coordination for both the 88.8m Illusion project and a new confidential >100m project in conjunction with Azure Naval Architecture and Sinot Yacht Design.

Pride Mega Yachts’ rebranding and marketing of the brand new superyacht facility was another of Simhony’s undertakings, one that influenced the recent sale of Illusion, which he worked closely with Jan Jaap Minnema of Fraser yachts on.

Simhony’s background is in naval architecture and his 30 years of experience is based in the international marine industry, including roles as a captain and project manager, working closely with the broker community, suppliers and designers.

Simhony has returned to his home in New Zealand and is actively pursuing new opportunities.“I greatly enjoyed my time at Pride Mega Yachts, and am very proud of what we achieved. I am now looking forward to spending time with my family after so many years in China,” said Simhony. “There are some exciting options presenting themselves and I am looking forward to my next move.”

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