AD Boats, the Croatian manufacturer of Salona Yachts, has appointed a new management team from within the European automotive and aeronautical sectors.

Marc Schinerl has been appointed CEO of the Salona Group, while Oliver Petrina takes the role of CEO at AD Boats. Both Schinerl as well as Petrina are avid sailors.

“Creating strong relationships with customers, dealers and suppliers is one of the first things we will be working on,” says Marc Shinerl. “I’m looking forward to developing new projects and replacing the existing models successively with brand new models, at the same time keeping the passion and heart of Salona.”

Oliver Petrina adds: “Finally, my passion for sailing and professional competences will be incorporated into business with sailboats.”

Petrina has experience working as a development engineer for carbon motorsport parts in McLaren and Porsche projects, and was a development leader for BMW projects in Munich.

AD Boats manufactures Salona performance cruisers and has won several awards over the years, including European Boat of the Year for the Salona 37 in 2007 and 2015 Boat of the Year in the US for the Salona 44.