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New CEO Vicem Yachts


Vicem Yachts, the Turkish builder of classic style motor yachts, sport fishers, cruisers and megayachts, has announced Alberto Perrone Da Zara as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Perrone Da Zara, who comes to Vicem from Ferretti Group USA/Allied Marine, started on 7 September 2009. Perrone Da Zara’s hiring to the position by Vicem Yachts, with the support of Sanko Holding – Vicem’s parent company – reflects their commitment to the brand, and strong belief that Vicem will emerge as a market leader in the yacht building sector. “Vicem is a company with tremendous potential that has made great strides in the marketplace. We recognized this potential and have invested in the right people to bring Vicem to the next level in the industry”, said Zeki Konukoglu, Vice President of Sanko Holding. According to Konukoglu, the first steps were taken with the hiring of two highly respected professionals to solidify Vicem’s production operations – Bob Riemens, Project Manager for Vicem’s Megayacht division, and Bruce Livingston, Vicem Production Director. Konukoglu continued, “Hiring Mr. Perrone Da Zara is an important step towards achieving our goal.  He brings a new approach, vision and philosophy to bolster operations and expand Vicem’s business and reputation.” Perrone Da Zara will report to Vicem’s Board of Directors, with Sebahattin Hafizoglu as the Chairman of the Board. “Alberto developed has a fresh perspective and developed a wide range of expertise over the years across many aspects of yacht building, from design and architecture to service, sales and marketing”, said Hafizoglu. “He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the job, and is ready to implement strategies to strengthen all areas of the business, and grow the recognition of the Vicem brand in the marketplace”, Hafizoglu added.