Paolo Casani Appointed President Of Camper & Nicholsons
Published: Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Camper & Nicholsons International appoints Paolo Casani as President, with the aim of orchestrating the group’s strategic growth.
Casani previously served as the CEO of Azimut Yachts, where he successfully launched and directed its Yachtique Division. He also served as CEO of Finland’s Nautor Holding. Casani has 20 years of experience in the the fashion and luxury goods sectors, including Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein and Ferragamo.
"Mr. Casani brings an ideal mix of knowledge and expertise to build on the strong corporate foundations recently put into place at the group level of Camper & Nicholsons International and we look forward to his leadership and contributions," says Camper & Nicholsons Executive Chairman Gualtiero Giori.
One of Casani’s responsibilities will be the launch of ‘Yachtster’ a short-stay charter business for small to mid size yachts recently acquired by the Camper & Nicholsons group, with a view to broaden its share of the global charter market.
(Inmocean - for sale through C&N)
The acquisition reinforces Camper & Nicholsons’ interest in expanding its service mix, through a business that leverages technology and innovation to improve the ease of booking and experiencing luxury charters.
Yachtster will focus on a smaller category of luxury yachts not represented in Camper & Nicholsons international’s charter fleet. Founder Anthony Brisacq will manage the new business, which will bring a broad network of top-tier partners including Centurion by Amex, Nikki Beach, SBM, Eden Roc Hotels, Metropole Hotel Monaco, among others.
“I am honored to be named President of the Camper & Nicholsons group at this very exciting time in the company’s growth,” says Casani. “The shareholders have worked with dedication and perseverance to strengthen the position of the Camper & Nicholsons brand by securing its intellectual property and facilitating the entrance of Fincantieri as a prestigious new shareholder. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the operational teams to consolidate our market position and tap into exciting market development opportunities.”
(C&N at 2013 Cannes Yachting Festival)
Michael Payne will continue to run the group’s brokerage firm, Camper & Nicholsons International, as its CEO, leveraging his invaluable experience in the yachting industry.