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Camper & Nicholsons Asia Announces Key Expansion Plans in Asia And New Commercial Director

Mr Bart Kimman, Commercial Director, Camper & Nicholsons Asia

Global leader in luxury yachting activities aims to capture Asia’s yachting market

Singapore, 3 April 2018 – In a major step forward to restructure Camper & Nicholsons Asia and implement the company’s strategic plans, Bart Kimman comes on board as the company’s new Commercial Director. With a recent expansion of the Sales and Charter teams, Bart will be spearheading the company’s strategic growth in the Asia market, working closely with Managing Director, Carmen Lau. “We are very pleased to have Bart join Camper & Nicholsons Asia to unveil a new chapter in the Asian yachting market. We needed an individual who is strategically minded, forward thinking with extensive personal and professional experience in yachting, particularly in our region – in Bart, we have found someone who will form an integral part of our dynamic new executive team and help us realise the full potential of Camper & Nicholsons in this crucial market,” says Lau. CEO, Paolo Casani added, “Bart joins Camper & Nicholsons Asia at an extremely exciting juncture and we are delighted to have him onboard. With Bart’s experience in superyacht charter, brokerage and new build, enhanced by his extensive knowledge of the Asian markets, garnered over 20 years, we are confident that Bart will be a valuable asset to the Asia office and help us reach our full potential, creating a true customer orientated service for the Asian market, utilising our global knowledge and experience.” “I am sure that Bart will contribute to the worldwide expansion and consolidation of Camper & Nicholsons and no doubt his experience, both in new build and brokerage, will be an added value to the team,” says CCO, Fabio Ermetto.

As a MYBA member and a fully qualified yacht broker, Bart specializes in the brokerage of large sailing superyachts. He is also the exclusive Asia Pacific representative for the Royal Huisman shipyard, who is currently building a second sailing superyacht for the Asian market.

Joint Venture with Lai Sun Development Company Ltd

In 2017 Camper & Nicholsons International (CNI), one of the major yachting service providers in the world announced its joint venture with their existing shareholder, Lai Sun Development Company Limited. This resulted in the strategic launch of Camper & Nicholsons Asia Holdings which enabled them to provide prestige yachting services to clients in Asia from the company’s office in Hong Kong. According to Bart, “The superyacht market in Asia is growing fast and the number of superyachts visiting Phuket has significantly increased. Thus, establishing an office in Thailand can help us to further expand our presence in the region.” The potential of the Asian market is therefore significant to the future of the yachting sector. Through this expansion and opportunity to leverage such a prominent local Asia partner, Camper & Nicholsons looks to strengthen its brand globally – reinforcing its standing as the world’s leading yachting company.