18 July 2017
BIO OF THE MONTH - MICHAEL HACKMAN
Executive Vice President of Marine Operations with Genting Hong Kong and Interim Chairman of WIDER
Now heading up the WIDER team is Genting Hong Kong's Executive Vice President of Marine Operations, Michael Hackman.
His impressive career includes over 25 years' experience in the Asian and Australian cruise and ferry business, as well as time spent on various board positions, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Australia's largest and iconic charitable organisation.
Genting Hong Kong Limited's recent acquisition of WIDER, through its subsidiary Exa Limited, complemented its existing portfolio of yachting assets that includes investments in Grand Banks Yachts, Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx and Lloyd Werft shipyard in Germany. Genting is primarily known as one of the largest operators in the international cruise industry, owning Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises, as well as for its extensive worldwide network of hotels and resorts.
Acknowledging the hard work put into developing the WIDER brand, Michael says cooperation with the firm's German shipyards would be an asset in terms of managing production and increasing operational efficiency – while maintaining the highest standards.
Michael said: "I'm thrilled to be involved with WIDER at this pivotal time, with the first of its superyacht handovers just completed, the WIDER 165 to hit the water early next year and now the launch of plans for the new 130' exciting developments are afoot. I'm now looking forward to developing the company further...".