Scheveningen/Netherlands, October 6 2017 – Dutch based nautical instrument solutions provider SAILMON welcomes Customer Experience and Service Director Richard Kent (GBR), International Sales Director Philippe Gié (FRA) and Customer Support Manager Peter Knight (GBR). Together they bring valuable expertise and experience to the company’s further growth and development. Their acquisitions take SAILMONs ultimate goal to make this world a better place for sailors a major step forward.
Richard Kent gained his expertise and experience by leading the electronics units of several successful campaigns in the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup. With BMW ORACLE Racing he won the Cup and with ABN AMRO (2006/2007) and Ericsson Racing (2008/2009) he took two victories in the Volvo Ocean Race. Richard Kent on his new role at SAILMON: “I have been set the challenge of ensuring that SAILMON has the best customer experience and support in the marine industry.”
“To do this we are going to continually improve the user interfaces and information on the website and our apps to appeal to people with differing knowledge and interests in sailing, as well as improving our support structures to be more accessible through social media, through the telephone and especially online. My end goal is to gain the trust of the community to the point where users will help not only each other but SAILMON as we continue to grow and develop our products and services”, concludes Kent.
Coming from B&G, newly appointed Sales Director Philippe Gié speaks the ‘language’ of nautical instrument solutions very well. “I was the previous EMEA Sales Director at Navico, looking after the Custom Channel”, says Philippe Gié. “However, I always enjoyed working for smaller companies and SAILMON fits me very well, because I like sailing and boats.” When asked about his role at SAILMON Gié responded: “The goal is to create a worldwide dealer network to be able to push our solutions. We look for High end technical dealers, who are well educated in the racing and sailing community and we are also targeting the custom boat builders.”
Marine electrician Peter Knight is the third addition to SAILMON’s team, as announced on Friday October 6th. Despite his young age (30), Knight is no stranger to the professional sailing scene. His latest occupation was at America’s Cup Team Japan, as electronics engineer. In addition, he is an accomplished sailor, having completed many professional inshore and offshore races around the world.
On his first day at the office Customer Support Manager Peter Knight said: “I am very excited to join the team here at SAILMON. It is great to see a company working committed to bring sailing electronics into the iphone era.”
SAILMON’s CEO Peter Houtzagers is pleased with the enrichment of his ambitious team: “At SAILMON we are totally committed to providing the highest and best possible quality to our customers, both in terms of products and service. This implies hiring the best people available worldwide in the professional sailing industry. In our mission to make this world a better place for sailors I am extremely happy that some of the most talented and experienced people have joined the SAILMON team recently. Once again, I take the opportunity to invite more highly talented and experienced developers and customer support managers to help us in our mission. To join us, please contact us.“
SAILMON is known for its high-quality, full colour and full graphical displays. They offer crisp, crystal clear and bright readability, even in full sunlight. As well as soft, subtle, non-blinding pitch black night readability. The other asset is the SAILMON Model E4 Processor and Connectivity Unit with unique internet connectivity. It processes and converts all incoming data from the sensors on board into adequate and useful sailing performance data.
For more information about SAILMON and/or Richard Kent/Peter Knight/Philippe Gie, please contact:
Richard Kent, Customer Experience and Service Director
Philippe Gie, International Sales Director
Peter Knight, Customer Support Manager
Diana Bogaards, Communications Manager SAILMON
+31 6 51383762