Published: Monday, 30 June 2014

Gulf Craft announces the promotion of Erwin Bamps to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company, following a meeting of the Board that recognised Bamps’ contribution to growing the company’s international presence.

Bamps joined Gulf Craft in 2002 as Executive Manager. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and has been the driving force behind developing the enterprise from a family-owned company of 220 employees to a multinational company employing close to 2,000 people.

Erwin Bamps Named Ceo Of Gulf Craft

“Erwin Bamps has spearheaded a period of intense growth for Gulf Craft and his energy, analytical approach and personal passion for the company has been largely responsible for his many accomplishments within the operation,” says Mohammed Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft. ”The move to the position of Chief Executive Officer recognises his contribution in making Gulf Craft the internationally-recognised company it is today and builds on the company’s ambitions to steer an even more successful path in the years to come.”

A native of Belgium and a global citizen – having worked in Japan, Belgium and the Philippines prior to the UAE – Bamps’ experience in multicultural and multinational organisations has served him well in achieving Gulf Craft’s expanding ambitions. Founded in 1982, last year Gulf Craft made its way onto the list of the world’s Top 10 superyacht-building shipyards (as listed in the 2014 Global Order Book).

“I strongly believe in a flat managerial structure that stays close to the production and manufacturing floor – one that allows me to optimise our organisational assets and talents, recognise and anticipate market trends and capitalise on them,” says Bamps. “With relentless focus on shareholder return-on-investment, I credit employee loyalty, career building opportunity and a motivating work environment that rewards creativity as the keys to sustainable growth of a company – one that has the capability to keep fascinating people, both within and outside the organisation.”