David Ross has taken on the role of chief executive officer of the USA office. Prior to joining Yachtzoo, Ross served as president and CEO of Burger Boat Company.

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Prior to joining Yachtzoo, Ross served as president and CEO of Burger Boat Company for 15 years

Yacht brokerage firm Yachtzoo has appointed David Ross as chief executive officer of its USA office. Founding partner Darrell Hall says the appointment is part of the company’s growth plan.

“David will move the company forward with the speed required to capitalise on the opportunities in front of us. He is a champion of the Yachtzoo culture and has an incredible ability to inspire, energise, and connect with employees and customers. David’s vision, strategy and track record are exactly what Yachtzoo embraces as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be even more impactful and exciting than our last,” Hall explains.

Prior to joining Yachtzoo, Ross served as president and CEO of Burger Boat Company for 15 years. He led the re-opening and transformation of the brand into a world-class, state-of-the-art company with over 500 employees at the main shipyard/offices in Manitowoc, the yacht charter and brokerage division and service division in Fort Lauderdale and the international sales division in Monaco. Ross was closely involved in the sale, design and construction of 35 yachts.

Commenting on his appointment, Ross says: “The opportunity that lies ahead for Yachtzoo is enormous, and the ability to lead this next chapter is deeply humbling and incredibly exhilarating. I am focused on accelerating the innovation and execution that our customers need and expect from us. Their total satisfaction will continue to drive us. I couldn’t be more confident in our ability to win, or more honoured to be a leader of this great company.”

In addition, Darrell Hall told Superyacht Business that the company is seeing a positive season ahead following on from strong results in 2015. “During the 2015 Med season the charter market was incredibly active and for the first time since the recession there were limited availabilities; most notably in the Balearics which proved to be the elite’s destination of choice.

“Sales of both pre-owned and new construction yachts increased which is shown by the incredible projects underway as well as the new projects marketed for build. Demand also started to outstrip supply in the pre-owned market especially for yachts over 40m,” Hall explains.

Commenting on current trends in the market, Hall says: “With one third of superyacht owners being from North America, this is still the largest and most active market in yachting. However, with the shift in wealth to the East, we are seeing a significant uptrend in Asia with some significant purchases being made by Chinese and ASEAN ultra-high new worth’s. In addition, there is a lot of interest coming out of Australia and we at Yachtzoo are actively working and looking to expand in this region,” he concludes.