Appointment of Holly Bottau to the role of MD follows on from a strategic review of the business.

Y.CO management

L-R: Holly Bottau, Gary Wright and Charlie Birkett. Photo by Lionel Bouffier

Superyacht brokerage and management firm Y.CO has promoted Holly Bottau to the role of managing director. Bottau has been with the company since soon after its inception in 2004 and has worked alongside co-founders Gary Wright and Charlie Birkett throughout that time, most recently as chief strategy officer.

The appointment follows on from a strategic review of the business and a period of consultation. As part of the review, Y.CO identified a number of core strategic objectives including the creation of the role of managing director to deliver a new plan over the midterm.

Wright and Birkett will continue in their roles respectively as chairman and CEO, committed to the overall business strategy and future development of the company.

Strategic appointment

“We are very excited that Holly will take on the role of managing director,” comments Wright. “She has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience to draw on whilst guiding the company through this next phase of development.”

Birkett adds: “As the yacht industry’s most forward thinking company, Y.CO continues to invest heavily in cutting edge operational systems and we are committed to training our team to the highest level. It is imperative that we have the right leadership team in place. Having worked closely with Holly over the last 12 years, Gary and I know she is the right person to lead the company and deliver the ambitious goals we have set out.”

Since joining the company Bottau has seen Y.CO transform from ten staff dealing primarily with yacht management, to a full services Yacht Management and Brokerage Company totalling over 100 staff.

In that time the company has been through a complete rebrand and most recently moved the Monaco headquarters to new state-of-the-art facilities.

Commenting on her appointment, Bottau says: “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen by Gary and Charlie to be part of the leadership group. Y.CO is a true innovator in the yacht business with an amazing team who are at the heart of its dynamic brand. I look forward to building on that brand and leading the company through an exciting new phase of development.”