Promotions, new recruits at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Dual internal promotions and new faces as company continues to grow

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has confirmed a series of strategic internal promotions and key new appointments, positioning the company for ongoing growth and success.

Jens Gorka has been promoted to Chief Shipboard Operations Officer, Phillip Herbert to Vice President of Hotel Operations, Andrea Leistner joins as Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain, and Frank Koppelkamm steps in as Senior Director of Culinary Operations.

“It is an exciting time at The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as we prepare for the launch of our second luxury superyacht and look ahead to the debut of our third,” said Ernesto Fara, President and Chief Financial Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.

“With a team of incredible individuals who have already made a significant impact, we are positioning ourselves for continued success through strong leadership.”

“Our focus remains on curating a team that will deliver an exceptional experience for our guests,” Fara added.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection says these leadership reinforcements are crucial as the company readies for the launch of its second luxury superyacht, Ilma, in September, and looks forward to the debut of its third luxury superyacht, Luminara, in 12 months.

Jens Gorka, now Chief Shipboard Operations Officer, previously served as Senior Vice President of Shipboard Operations. In his new role, Gorka will continue to oversee all aspects of shipboard operations from the company’s Monaco office, advancing the commitment to providing extraordinary guest experiences and legendary service. Philip Herbert, promoted to Vice President of Hotel Operations, has been instrumental in elevating operational excellence.

Andrea Leistner, joining as Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain, will lead procurement, supply chain, and logistics. She will be pivotal in optimising operational efficiency and maintaining consistently high standards across Hotel Operations, Marine Operations, and IT for all existing operations and newbuild yachts.

Frank Koppelkamm, the new Senior Director of Culinary Operations, brings extensive culinary experience from The Ritz-Carlton, where he honed his culinary expertise and leadership skills in various capacities. Working alongside Chris Graham, Culinary Director, who continues to spearhead culinary development across the fleet, the duo will further enrich the company’s culinary offerings and manage collaborations, promising guests an exceptional dining experience across the fleet.

Jens Gorka
Philip Herbert
Andrea Leistner
Frank Koppelkamm

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