ISTANBUL, Turkey – Vicem Yachts, the Turkish builder of motor yachts, sport fishers, cruisers and megayachts, has named Alberto Perrone Da Zara its new CEO.
Perrone Da Zara, who comes to Vicem from Ferretti Group USA/Allied Marine, assumed the post on Sept. 7. Perrone Da Zara will report to Vicem’s Board of Directors, with Sebahattin Hafizoglu as the chairman of the board.
The Italian-born Perrone Da Zara graduated in 1992 as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer from the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). Afterwards, he went to Germany to intern with architect Gerhard Gilgenast, designer of such yachts as Octopussy, Shergar and Ronin.
Perrone Da Zara moved to Argentina in 1992, where he spent four years designing and building racing sailboats for Billoch Yacht Design, and Patriot Yachts, for which he was co-partner. This experience led to his post with California-based Alan Andrews Yacht Design, designing large performance racing sailing yachts for competition in the former “Whitbread Round The World Race,” known today as the “Volvo Ocean Race.” Perrone Da Zara was involved in the design and production of ultra-light displacement boats (ULDB) for competition on the PHRF and IMS circuits, including a 70’ ULDB Turbosled that finished second in the 1999 Transpacific Yacht Race.
That same year, he moved to Miami, Fla., where he landed at Magnum Marine, a builder of performance powerboats. Perrone Da Zara was primarily involved with production and development during his three years with the company.
In 2002, he joined Ferretti Group USA/Allied Marine, the U.S. arm and dealer network of the yacht builders. He started as a customer service manager for the group, moving into positions such as Riva’s U. S. product manager, vice president of sales & customer service for Bertram Yachts, and U.S. director of sales for the Custom Line, Ferretti Yachts and Mochi-Craft brands – the position he held prior to joining Vicem Yachts.
“As CEO of Vicem, I am excited to be in a position where I can collectively apply the knowledge and business development capabilities I have acquired over nearly two decades working in virtually every major aspect of the yacht building industry,” said Perrone Da Zara.
Perrone Da Zara, who is fluent in five languages (English, Italian, Spanish, German and French), will be moving with his wife and two children to Vicem’s Istanbul headquarters in October.