Chief Technical Officer

Chief Technical Officer

This company is a world-renowned British luxury yacht manufacturer with a reputation for innovative design, exhilarating engineering, jaw-dropping performance and breath-taking attention to detail. Following the retirement of the former incumbent after 53 years’ service, the business was seeking its first externally-appointed Chief Technical Officer with the vision to deliver the next generation of market-leading products. A key appointment to the Executive leadership team, the successful candidate would also play a significant role in shaping the ongoing growth and success of this iconic business.

Wickland Westcott was retained to undertake a global search into the luxury yacht sector, engaging industry design authorities with the credentials to successfully lead an established team, balancing design innovation and ethos with a greater emphasis on process and governance. The bias of the search was towards high profile European manufacturers exposed to comparable challenges in terms of design styling, structural engineering and efficient and repeatable production. However, it also included other well-known brand owners, design houses and suppliers of bespoke-built mega yachts.

The longlist consisted of candidates with executive-level experience gained across several market-leading motor yacht companies in Germany, Italy, France and Holland, yielding a shortlist of three. The appointed candidate brings a wealth of experience and unrivalled pedigree gained with an Italian boatbuilder where they shaped the design function following several acquisitions whilst launching a series of highly successful new ranges across multiple brands. Their design credentials are second to none and, in addition to their strong industry profile and first-class leadership skills, they hold patents for various design innovations and technology breakthroughs

Wickland Westcott have adopted the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which, amongst other things, sets a minimum expectation level for gender diversity for each search assignment.