The Oyster Group has announced the appointment of Robert Kathro as Managing Director of Oyster’s wholly owned subsidiary, Southampton Yacht Services (SYS), with effect from 6 April 2010. Robert, who qualified as a Naval Architect, has a strong and varied background in manufacturing and the marine industry, combining technical and strategic consultancy experience.
Robert’s appointment strengthens the SYS team, whilst allowing founder, Piers Wilson, who will remain on the board, to phase into his retirement over the next few years without the loss of his valuable and in-depth knowledge of boat building and the refit industry.
Robert’s appointment also allows SYS Technical Director, Harvey Jones, to continue to expand on the essential role he has developed over the past year with Oyster’s superyacht project at RMK Marine in Turkey, where his depth of superyacht knowledge and technical input has already benefited the shape of the project there. A new team of Oyster and SYS skills will provide the Customer and After Sales support for the Oyster superyachts in the future.
SYS plays an increasingly important role in the Oyster Group, currently building the first in class of the new Oyster 625, as well as a number of new Oysters from 60-82 feet, whilst at the same time expanding on its refit and restoration business, for which the company has an enviable track record.