Hatteras Yachts has named Ward Setzer as its chief product officer. The company said in a statement that Setzer will be responsible for establishing new product direction.
“Ward is an accomplished and award-winning yacht designer who is well known to the global yachting community,” said Kelly Grindle, Hatteras president and CEO, in a statement. “We have launched ten new products in the last five years and we expect Ward to help accelerate this pace while pushing the boundaries of design and innovation as we expand our offerings and drive continued growth.”
Setzer began his career in 1984 in Palm Beach, Fla., working for yacht designer Jack Hargrave. During that point in his career, Setzer was involved in yachts like the 130-foot Buckpasser and 148-foot Calliope.
After working for Hatteras from 1985 to 1991, Setzer established Setzer Yacht Architects, providing designs to more than 60 shipyards and production builders around the world. The designs ranged from 40 to 240 feet LOA. Setzer’s clients have included Admiral Marine, Broward, Christensen, Delta Marine, Hinckley, Nisi, Northern Marine, Outer Reef, Roscioli/Donzi, Richmond Yachts, Lyman Morse, and Trinity Yachts. Setzer’s designs have won international design awards.
“Ward has a great depth of knowledge in designing, engineering and building boats, as well as a tremendous breadth of experience covering everything from center console outboard boats to megayachts,” said Grindle. “It is great to have him return to Hatteras.”