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Changing Places

Vicem Yachts, the Turkish builder of classic style motoryachts, sportfishers, cruisers and megayachts, named Alberto Perrone Da Zara as its new chief executive officer.

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Perrone Da Zara, who comes to Vicem from Ferretti Group USA/Allied Marine, assumed the post Sept. 7. Also hired were Bob Riemens, project manager for Vicem's megayacht division, and Bruce Livingston, Vicem production director.

"Vicem is a company with tremendous potential that has made great strides in the marketplace. We recognized this potential and have invested in the right people to bring Vicem to the next level in the industry," said Zeki Konukoglu, vice president of Sanko Holding, Vicem's parent company, in a statement.

"Hiring Mr. Perrone Da Zara is an important step toward achieving our goal," he added. "He brings a new approach, vision and philosophy to bolster operations and expand Vicem's business and reputation."

The Italian-born Perrone Da Zara graduated in 1992 as a naval architect and marine engineer from the University of Southampton in Great Britain. After, he went to Germany to intern with architect Gerhard Gilgenast, designer of such notable yachts as Octopussy, Shergar and Ronin.

Perrone Da Zara moved to Argentina in 1992, where he spent four years designing and building racing sailboats for Billoch Yacht Design, and Patriot Yachts, for which he was co-partner. This experience led to his post with California-based Alan Andrews Yacht Design, designing large performance racing sailing yachts.

He then moved to Miami where he was with Magnum Marine, a builder of luxury offshore performance powerboats. Perrone Da Zara was primarily involved with production and development during his three years with the company.

In 2002, he joined Ferretti Group USA/Allied Marine, the U.S. arm and dealer network of one of the world's largest yacht builders.

"As CEO of Vicem, I am excited to be in a position where I can collectively apply the knowledge and business development capabilities I have acquired over nearly two decades working in virtually every major aspect of the yacht building industry," said Perrone Da Zara.

"I share the same level of commitment Vicem and Sanko have to growing this company, and look forward to leading Vicem to becoming a world leader in the luxury motoryacht sector," he added.

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