August 2023 – Derecktor Shipyards is proud to welcome Michael Kurtz to our Sales Development and Client Relations team, specifically focusing on the European market. Michael will be helping captains, owners, and crew connect with Derecktor Shipyards, and to plan their yacht refit/maintenance in the USA. A German national with a wealth of experience in the maritime sector, Mr. Kurtz brings a strong background and deep insights to his new role.
Michael Kurtz's professional journey commenced with his academic pursuits, earning a diploma in Microeconomics from the University of Hamburg in 1980. In 1984, Mr. Kurtz embarked on an illustrious career with Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, a journey that spanned an impressive 35 years. Throughout his tenure, he held pivotal roles, including 25 years as the Director of Claims for the entire Pantaenius group. Notably, he was instrumental in the establishment of the 100% Pantaenius subsidiary, "Marine Claims Service," in 1992. Additionally, in 1997, he spearheaded the opening of the Pantaenius Monaco office, where he served as Director until 2019. His contributions extended to strategic leadership, as he directed the "Pantaenius Super Yacht Insurance" division and held a directorial position on the board for "Marketing & Strategy."
Mr. Kurtz's influence on Pantaenius' ascent to becoming the largest yacht insurance provider in Europe cannot be overstated. His proactive participation in prominent yacht shows, including the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), further underscored his commitment to the industry.
With his extensive experience and multifaceted engagement in the maritime industry, Michael Kurtz is poised to significantly impact Derecktor's Sales Development and Client Relations in the European market.
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