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Michael Schmidt Yachtbau names managing director

Michael Schmidt Yachtbau in Germany appointed Johannes Malzahn as the yard’s new managing director.
Johannes Malzahn

Johannes Malzahn

Michael Schmidt Yachtbau in Germany appointed Johannes Malzahn as the yard’s new managing director.

The company said owner Michael Schmidt will stay on as a supervisor and adviser to the management team, and will be a long-term investor.

Although Michael Schmidt Yachtbau may have started almost as a hobby for Schmidt, the company said it has quickly developed into a major player in the construction of fast-cruising sailing boats in the 20- to 30-meter range. The company said current developments and new orders have led it to implement a reorganization designed to future-proof its growth ambitions.

The company said its vision rests on the twin pillars of major investments in a new construction facility completed late last year and an energetic new team.

In addition to Malzahn, a passionate sailor with a rich personal experience of boatbuilding, the management counts among its ranks purchasing manager Andreas Bock, a successful racer on both water and ice, and marketing and sales director Tijl Hetterschijt, another yachtsman with lots of long-distance cruising experience.

The company also said production manager Luca Giammattei has expertise in building large custom sailing yachts.


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