We are thrilled to annouce that John Shinske has been appointed Chief Operations Officer of the Company. In his new role, John will oversee the group’s business operations, sustainability and profitability of the company’s different business units and lead the Company’s undertaking to ensure the implementation of best practices across the 8 countries where Acquera Yachting is currently present.
Canadian born John brings with him more than two decades of industry experience. He started his career in the South of France doing boat repair and maintenance. He rapidly rose up the career ladder and became Captain onboard S/Y Concordia where he remained a Captain for 5 years until deciding to establish himself shoreside. John set up a prominent yacht agency in Spain, which he built up for many years before selling his stock and moving into teak deck manufacturing. During this time, he has built up an extensive network of contacts within the industry.
The industry veteran will form part of the corporate management team and will play an instrumental role in the company’s ambitious expansion strategy. Since the launch of the company in 2018, offices have been opened across France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey with more openings on the cards for 2022.
“John fully understands the agency industry in a way that few people can hope to. As an ex-Captain he has a privileged first-hand insight into knowing exactly what our clients need” said Stefano Tositti, founder and CEO of Acquera Yachting. “He’s got a proven track record with a range of industry businesses and brings a lot of management and business experience to the table. He is an excellent addition to our team of professionals”.
“What I found most compelling about Acquera Yachting is its desire to challenge and change the traditional structure of the yacht agent. With transparency at the heart of everything it does, as well as an aggressive business model and plan, I feel that this new role is the perfect challenge for me. I envision a lot of hard work, but that is what precisely motivates me. I’m excited about the prospect of taking the company to the next level” commented John.
His colleagues would like to wish him all the best in his new role, and look forward to working with him.