TEAM

The humans behind the vision.

MICHAEL KÖHLER, Mag. iur.

Founder & CEO

• Spent nearly half of his life on boats
• Has cruised more than 75.000 NM since 1982
• Owner of several international skipper licenses
• After many years of testing developed the Solarwave 46 (2009), SILENT-Solarwave 64 (2015), SILENT 55 (2016), SILENT 75 (2017), SILENT 79/80 (2018), SILENT 80 3-Deck (2019), SILENT 60 (2019) and SILENT 62 3-Deck (2020)

HEIKE KÖHLER

Co-Founder & Interior Designer

• Covered more than 20.000 NM as a skipper
• Owner of several skipper licenses
• Co-development of the Solarwave 46 (2009), SILENT-Solarwave 64 (2015), SILENT 55 (2016), SILENT 75 (2017), SILENT 79/80 (2018), SILENT 80 3-Deck (2019), SILENT 60 (2019) and SILENT 62 3-Deck (2020)

PETER HOI

CFO & General Manager

• More than 10 years of experience as charter sales director in aviation and business jet management
• Fair agent and head of sales for motor yachts
• Passionate about sales and customer service within the nautical and aviation industry

MAG. TOMAZ CVIRN

Assistant General Manager

• Studied business administration at the University of Klagenfurt
• 10 years of experience in the banking sector (internal auditing, risk management)
• loves nature & sport
• Environmental awareness is very important to him – „That’s why I think the concept of SILENT-YACHTS is brilliant »

WERNER PUNTSCHART

Chief Sales Officer

• “If you want to build a ship, don’t tell men, to get wood, don’t assign them tasks, and don’t divide work to them, but teach them to long for the vast, endless sea!” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
• More than 25 years of experience in sales & top management roles
• Passionate about boats, the sea and the environment
• Skilled skipper living his dream

IVAN GREGORIG

International Sales Representative

• More than 15 years of experience in boat sales working with major European shipyards
• More than 5 years of experience in yacht charter management
• Believes in respecting the environment, especially the sea

FRANZ BÖSE, MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

• Master of Business Administration (MBA)
• Owner of a RYA motorboat license
• Experienced with renewable energies such as wind farm projects
• Former Tesla employee emphasising energy products

LIONEL JOHAM, MSc.

Marketing & Branding Executive

• International Master graduate specialized in Marketing & Brand Management
• Broad marketing experience including projects focused on thermic solar heating systems, wind turbines and formula student race cars
• Leisure blogger striving towards a clean and sustainable future with pure ocean waters

RAPHAELA PETROU, MSc.

Marketing & Events

• International Master & work experience in Marketing, CRM & Event Management
• Owner of a RYA motorboat license
• Positive attitude, loves sport, sunshine and nature (especially the sea)

JULIANA MIGUEL

Yacht Designer

• Degree in Interior Design (Brazil) & Master in Yacht Design (Italy)
• Several years of experience as an interior designer for houses & yachts (Brazil, Italy, China, Germany)
• She is always positive, loves to create new things and likes to go trekking in the mountains

JÖRG SCHAAF

Chief Project Officer

• Designed and built powerboats for Schaaf Boats
• R&D and project management for Solarimpact Yacht
• More than 10 years of experience in shipbuilding and design
• Passionate about sales and customer service regarding yachts

DIPL. ING. FRANK HOPPE

Project Engineer & Purchasing Manager

• Graduate engineer from the Technical University of Dresden specialized in geodesy
• 6 years of experience and know-how in regards to the implementation of ambitious customer wishes for yachts
• Chief designer for the development of 3 new projects in the maritime luxury segment
• Guiding principle: Redefine the limits of what is possible

DIPL. ING. MIKE WANDLER

Technical Controller

• Master degree in electrical engineering with a focus on energy technology
• Has sailed over 85.000 NM since 1988 as a professional captain
• MCA 3000 T Master Licence
• Project manager for “Wally B”
• Service manager at “Cyrus Yachts” Antalya

PHILIPP LEHR

Technical Operations Engineer

•  Previous automotive engineer leading the development of electric vehicles
• Highly specialized in e-mobility systems, IT and system automation
• Boating since he was 5 years old
• Received his first boating license at the age of 16

DIPL. ING. MICHAEL JOST

Advisory Board

• Former Head of Group Strategy Product of the Volkswagen Group & former CSO of the Volkswagen Brand
• The driving force behind the electrification of the Volkswagen brand
• Leading expert regarding the transformation of global brands towards a future embracing e-mobility and digitalisation

JOCHEN RUDAT

Advisory Board

•  Ex-Tesla Central European Director
•  10 years direct report to Elon Musk
•  Responsible for scaling Tesla from its very first store in Switzerland to more than 100 branches across Europe
•  Leading expert in the areas of electromobility, innovation and strategy

KLAUS OBERMEYER JR.

Brand Ambassador

• Emmy Award winning director, explorer & converservationist
• Passionate about sustainability and the support of oceanic conservation
• His love of sustainable transport led him to identify SILENT-YACHTS as the clear industry leader and made him immediately embrace and support our vision

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EDWARD R. SACKS

Distributor US

• Lengthy career of operating, acquiring and developing companies within a diverse cross-section of industries
• Has been described as a “Renaissance man – the consummate American businessman and yachtsman” by an international yachting publication”

PHILIP BELL

Sales Manager US

•  Chief engineer for 12 years aboard superyachts up to 246′
•  New build project manager / build engineer at Amels, Feadship, Hakvoort, Heesen, Trinity
•  New and used yachts sales broker for 7 years
•  Winner of the SeaKeepers Society « Next Gen » Award

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