John Braithwaite retires from Sunseeker
John Braithwaite is to retire from Sunseeker – after 53 years working for the boatbuilder.
John began his career in 1964 at Friars Cliff Marine, which became Poole Powerboats in 1969 and subsequently Sunseeker International in 1985.
John and his brother Robert started with the desire to build ‘a new kind of boat’ at a time when there were no significant builders of boats for the sports and leisure markets in the UK.
“There is no doubt that John is and will remain, one of our industry icons,” said Phil Popham, Sunseeker CEO. “What he has achieved is truly momentous. John has always remained true to building the very best in pleasure craft, utilising the latest technologies and delivering every customer’s dream.”
He added: “John has been involved in designing some of our most renowned boats and on behalf of the whole Sunseeker family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for the huge contribution he has made to the brand and the industry.”
From the launch of their first 17ft open-cockpit speedboat, to the development of the flagship 155 Yacht, John and his team of designers and engineers have pioneered a new world of boating.
He was instrumental in the development of many revolutionary models, including the Superhawk, the Predator 108 and more recently, Sunseeker’s fastest selling model, the Manhattan 52. He is the company’s longest serving executive and his retirement will coincide with his 70th birthday celebrations in May.
“Since our early days, Robert and I have strived to deliver to our clients the most innovative and exciting products available,” he said. “That philosophy, together with strong, iconic design has been fundamental to our success and I know this will continue to be a driver for the talented design and development team I leave behind. I would like to thank them all for their dedication over the years.”
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