Ian Atkins, the chairman of Boats Group, will step down from operational responsibilities, effective Jan. 31.
He will remain a member of the Boats Group board as an independent director.
“Ian is a respected leader and veteran in the recreational marine industry, and we are grateful for his leadership and contributions over the last 18 years,” Sam Fulton, Boats Group CEO, said in a statement. “During his tenure, Ian led the business in building strong relationships and further positioned the company as the leading classifieds marketplace for the marine industry, and we look forward to his continued contributions as an independent member of our board.”
Added Atkins, “I must say it is so satisfying to be leaving the business at a time when its prospects have never been stronger and in such safe hands. The new leadership team brings a wealth of technology and e-commerce skills to Boats Group that the marine industry can really benefit from. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed leading the business over the last 10 years or so and look forward to staying connected and watching it go from strength to strength.”
Atkins joined Boats Group in 2000, when the company was starting up in San Francisco. He developed its operations outside North America and was named vice president and general manager of the global business shortly after Dominion Enterprises acquired the company.
In 2009, Atkins led the consolidation of YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com, creating the Dominion Marine Media brand. Seven years later he led the company through an acquisition by Apax Partners.