Changing Places


IMA Yachts added Capt. Herb Magney to its team to help implement business development strategies as it launches its new Owner Advocacy brand - IMA Yachts - at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

A U.S. Coast Guardsman, Cayman Islands and Panamanian Master, Magney brings 30 years of experience running yachts, megayachts and commercial vessels - both power and sail - to the international firm.

"Herb will represent IMA Yachts in a sales capacity, as well as drawing on his broad background to help us educate the yachting industry about our full menu of services and the value they will bring to large yacht captains, crew and owners," said Mark Tortora, chief operating officer of the firm and its parent company, International Maritime Associates, in a statement.

Magney has spent thousands of days at sea since completing his college education in hydraulic and mechanical engineering. During the course of his career, Magney also has gained experience in supervising new build projects, refits and repairs. He is well-versed in practical vessel design, management and crew placement.

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Mastervolt International promoted Menno Ligterink to general manager of Mastervolt, Inc.

With the company for 10 years, Menno was previously sales manager in the North American and Asian markets and played a key role in establishing Mastervolt's presence in North America. Menno is replacing the past general manager Leo Van Hemert, who is retiring.

"Menno's broad understanding of the industry and his prior experience with Mastervolt make him the ideal person to fill this roll," said Paul Kenninck, CEO of Mastervolt International, in a statement.

Mastervolt International is a leading supplier of high-quality electrical power products and systems solutions for the marine industry.

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