Hot on the heels of the appointments of Russell Crump and Ian Petts earlier this year, YPI now welcomes Frédéric Laporte and Sophie Aubertin to the Group and Lucas de Vilmorin joins YPI Brokerage.
Head of YPI Management
Frédéric comes to YPI with over 20 years experience and a wealth of certificates and qualifications having worked at sea and on shore for some of the biggest names in passenger ferries, cruise ships and luxury yachts.
An experienced Master Mariner / Chief Engineer Class 1 and Fleet Manager of some distinction on ferries, ships and yachts, Fred has worked with the likes of French ferry operator SNCM, FESTIVAL CRUISES, RADISSON SEVEN SEAS CRUISES, V-SHIPS and, most recently, was Fleet Manager for 16 yachts with Camper & Nicholsons.
Born near Paris, France and brought up in Nice, Fred excelled in maths and physics at school and eventually joined the renowned Ecole Nationale de la Marine Marchande (ENMM) de Marseille from where he qualified after 5 years with a Diplôme de Etude Supérieur de la Marine Marchande. His first job was with SNCM as a Cadet.
“I spent over 10 years with SNCM,” he says, “working my way through the ranks on the ferry vessels and the Roll-on Roll-offs (Ro-Ro)."
It was during his time as Chief Officer at FESTIVAL CRUISES working on such ships as the 216-metre MISTRAL – a ship which, like so many in the SNCM and FESTIVAL CRUISES fleets, was actually brokered by Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS), the same shipbroking giant now behind YPI - that Fred first got a taste of the luxury end of the market.
The move to V-SHIPS (Monaco) asFirst Officer andChief Engineer on their managed vessels exposed him to a whole new world of luxury cruise ships. By the time he came ashore in 2004, staying with V-SHIPS firstly as Marine Superintendant / QHSE on a fleet of more than 10 cruise ships, then as Fleet Manager responsible for the technical management of a number of ships including M/V CLUB MED 2, Fred also found himself acting as DPA for what was then Larry Ellison’s 138-metre: RISING SUN. The experience helped clarify for Fred exactly where he saw his future lie and after more than 5 years with V-SHIPS he finally decided to make the move out of shipping and into luxury yachting.
“I believe the future of yachting can be seen in how the shipping industry has developed and changed over the last 10 years,” he says. “The rules and regulations that are so new to yachting today inherently come from shipping. I think it is vital that all yacht managers understand how those rules work and how they can be applied to the advantage of yacht owners.”
Fred joined Camper & Nicholsons Yacht Management in Antibes in 2008 where he remained for 4 years as Fleet Manager directly in charge of the management of 16 yachts as well as being responsible for the divisions’ own business development.
A few months back he heard YPI was looking for someone new to head up its successful yacht management division.
“I was looking for more responsibility, a chance to really prove myself,” he says, “and ideally with a solid operation that had some good roots. YPI has an amazing reputation in the industry as well as having the backing of the 150-year old BRS, one of the best known ship brokers in the world. It was an opportunity I really couldn’t resist.”
Married with two children, Fred is passionate about sailing, skiing, golf and tennis though readily admits his new post and parenthood generally won’t be leaving too much time for sampling many of those passions just yet.
A graduate of the Lycée Français in London and Middlesex University where she came away with a degree in Marketing, Management and French, Sophie worked in the highly competitive world of Media Recruitment in London before eventually moving to the South of France.
“That was when I joined Edmiston as Office Manager for their new Golfe-Juan office,” she explains. “I gradually started taking on more brokerage and charter work and eventually moved to the Monaco office where I supported a team of seven brokers and eventually the commercial director.”
After almost 10 years and a number of internal changes within the company, Sophie decided it was time to move on and the chance to work with YPI within its Business Development section came up.
“YPI is a very attractive company to work for,” she says. “It’s been around for 40 years so it’s good at what it does. It’s got a team of around 40 people so it’s not too big or too small and it has a very personal, boutique-style approach to dealing with clients and staff.”
Sophie joins the Brokerage division working with former Edmiston colleague, Russell Crump, as part of the YPI team charged with expanding YPI into various new target markets.
A busy wife and mother of two, Sophie loves travelling, trying out new restaurants and spending quality time with her family.
“I’m very excited by my new post here at YPI and by the energy the company clearly has,” she says. “It’s a great time to be a part of YPI and I’m looking forward to really making a difference.”
|LUCAS DE VILMORIN|
Born and raised in Paris, France, Lucas studied business at the European Business School before going to work in the luxury goods industry.
He was given the opportunity to explore the world for a year and heartily grabbed it travelling through Asia, New Zealand, Australia and eventually Russia before finally deciding to re-point his career in the direction of the ultimate in luxury goods – superyachts.
Lucas, who speaks fluent French and English with good Spanish, now joins YPI as Brokerage Assistant. “I am very lucky to work in such an extraordinary field,” he says. “It is a fun and immensely experienced team in YPI Brokerage and I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can, as fast as I can, so one day in the not-too-distant future I will be able to count myself as a YPI broker.”
For more information, Frédéric and Sophie can be contacted on:
Head of YPI Management
Tel: + 377 99 99 97 97
Tel: + 377 99 99 97 97