Luxury superyacht builder Gulf Craft has appointed Gregory Yeakle to be its new chief executive officer. He succeeds Erwin Bamps, who held the position for the past four years and has now moved on to a new role as advisor to the board for international matters.
Yeakle joins Gulf Craft as CEO after working for Informix, Alexander Proudfoot Co. and Invensys. He has worked globally in C-level positions successfully for over two decades in both business development and operations around the world.
More recently, Yeakle was global head of the oil and gas division of Accudyne Industries, where he was equally managing director of Milton Roy and Dosatron
Before joining Gulf Craft, Yeakle was the head of operations for Cornerstone Management Consulting where he and his team worked with the Gulf Craft group.
Yeakle's experience has helped to ensure a smooth leadership transition, said Group Chairman Mohammed Al Shaali,
“These are challenging yet exciting times for the industry. Innovation and technology are combining to provide amazing new products and services possible for Gulf Craft," Yeakle said. As a lifelong boating enthusiast, I am delighted to have the opportunity lead Gulf Craft into the next phase of its global expansion”.
Founded in the United Arab Emirates in 1982, Gulf Craft builds a variety of premium craft, ranging from 27 feet to 175 feet in length. The company's portfolio includes Majesty Yachts, the long-range Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers, and Oryx sport yachts and cruisers.