Buddy Darby, Christophe Harbour: Megayacht News Leadership Series

Charles Pinckney “Buddy” Darby III is a superyacht owner with a super vision. He has a 154-foot (47-meter) Perini Navi, Andromeda la Dea. He’s further Christophe Harbour’s developer. Christophe Harbour, in St. Kitts, is a marina meant for megayachts. The first 24 berths will open in December, for yachts to 213 feet (65 meters). Ultimately, […]

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John Lu, Horizon Yachts: Megayacht News Leadership Series


In less than 30 years, Horizon Yachts has grown to become an international powerhouse. It has yacht and megayacht buyers in the United States, Australia, Russia, and more. It offers seven different series, comprised of yachts from 46 to 163 feet. John Lu may not have envisioned all of these exact details back when he […]

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Vincenzo Poerio, Benetti: Megayacht News Leadership Series


Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio joined the Italian shipyard as general manager in 1993. He brought with him a rich academic and professional experience in naval engineering and technical construction. Promoted to a managerial role, he first became managing director, then CEO in January 2011. He is ultimately responsible for the Megayachts Business Line at the […]

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Jonathan Beckett, Burgess: Leadership Series

Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess, had two big passions while growing up in England: boats and rugby. An avid sailor and rugby player, he seemed destined to enter the yachting industry. Following his university graduation, Beckett applied for a job working aboard a flotilla of boats in Greece, thanks to seeing an ad in a […]

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Megayacht News Leadership Series: Burak Akgül, Perini Navi


Burak Akgül has been with Perini Navi for the past 26 years. He was recently appointed managing director  for sales, marketing, and design. He has seen Perini Navi grow from a sailing superyacht builder to a group with multiple shipyards. Burak Akgül reports to Enrico dell’Artino, the newly appointed CEO, a role vacated by Giancarlo […]

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