Published: Wednesday, 02 November 2016

British shipyard Princess Yachts International has appointed Paul Mackenzie as Product Development Director.

Princess Appoints Paul Mackenzie As Product Development Director

(Photo: Princess Yachts - Paul Mackenzie)

After nearly two decades at McLaren where he was responsible for spearheading the brand's Special Operations division, Mackenzie follows Princess Executive Chairman Antony Sheriff, making the move from the renowned super sports car manufacturer to the Plymouth-based yacht builder.

During his time at McLaren, Mackenzie created a new business within the company, providing luxury customisation and building limited run vehicles, which became a significant profit centre for the company, while also directing the development and launch of the award-winning McLaren P1.

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Having graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Composites Engineering at Plymouth University, Mackenzie will return to the city as he takes up the new position at Princess Yachts. Overseeing the existing design team, Mackenzie's role will see him drive forward the development of the company's product range, helping to maintain its strong position as one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry.

“I worked with Paul for 10 years in successfully creating and launching McLaren as a leading luxury sports car manufacturer,” says Sheriff. “His unparalleled experience will be invaluable in helping us continue with our unique approach to product design and maintaining Princess Yachts' position as a brand leader and innovator. We are all delighted that Paul has joined us at Princess Yachts as Product Development Director and I am looking forward to working alongside him again together with our incredible design team to further develop Princess over the coming years."

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“I am thrilled to be joining such a well-respected luxury brand and a team of visionary product designers. I hope that my knowledge and passion for creating beautiful, original, and high-quality products can be further developed here at Princess and that together we can look forward to a very exciting future," adds Mackenzie.