Zeelander Yachts has had a top-level shuffle which has secured Grant Hooper as the new CEO of the firm. Hooper has just closed off an 18 year season with UK-based Princess Yachts, where he rose the ranks to secure the position of Purchasing Director and member of the Board of Directors before joining Fairline Boats in 2019. At Fairline Boats, Hooper acted as Commercial & Supply Chain Director. In both positions, he proved instrumental in streamlining operations to deliver significant revenue growth and delivery rates.Now at the helm of Zeelander Yachts, Hooper is tasked with overseeing all commercial activities and ensuring that financial results remain in tune with the firm’s business objectives.
“I’ve long admired Zeelander as a top-end boat builder and watched as the brand has grown its name and portfolio of products,” says Hooper. “I’m excited to now be a part of that ongoing expansion and I’m working with the development team to continue creating unique products that exceed customer expectations, while also building strong relationships with key suppliers and partners.”“I’m confident that Grant’s wealth of experience and industry expertise will ensure the group’s long-term growth plans are realised,” says Sietse Koopmans, owner and founder of Zeelander Yachts. “We have an unprecedented number of boats on order, so we’ve brought in Grant to make certain that these boats are being delivered on time and beyond expectations all around the globe.”Photo: Jeff Brown / Breed MediaHooper has already started to develop a roadmap for Zeelander with the aim of furthering after sales services to its customers all around the world. As well as extending the range of products on offer.
Photo: ZeelanderPhoto: Zeelander“Grant is extremely focused on building strong supplier relationships and improving organisational structure, whilst maintaining the boutique approach that Zeelander customers value so highly,” adds Koopmans.