Marketing and sailing event specialist, Doug Jarvis, has been appointed CEO of the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX). He replaces MaryAnne Edwards, who is moving up to join the AIMEX board.

Richard Chapman, AIMEX chairman, commented: “Doug brings a wealth of experience and desirable skills. He has a broad knowledge of the marine industry, an extensive professional network and a reputation for developing mutually beneficial corporate partnerships.”

Jarvis told IBI: “I have superyacht-sized shoes to fill but we are fortunate that MaryAnne Edwards is staying on as a member of the board so we will retain her skillset, experience and contacts. She will be mentoring me to help us continue on the course she has steered so we keep her legacy which is well documented.”

Jarvis has enjoyed a diverse career that spans private and public sectors. After a lengthy period in the building supply/hardware industry, where he held senior sales, marketing and proprietary roles, he started his own consultancy, Rhumbline Marketing.

Specialising in corporate navigation and events, the award-winning practice attracted a diversified clientele and a wide range of consultancy projects – predominantly related to the marine industry – including event management of Australia’s largest sailing event (Skandia Geelong Week/Audi Victoria Week). At its peak, the event attracted over 100,000 visitors and generated an economic impact in excess of A$15m per annum.

Jarvis then took on the position of Waterways Manager in Melbourne’s transitioning Docklands. Responsibilities included strategic development of the urban waterway and day-to-day management of Melbourne Superyacht Marina and Melbourne City Marina.

He is a recipient of Yachting Australia's prestigious ‘Services to Yachting’ Award, several national event management awards, and was previously named an Inspirational Leader by the Association of Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE).

Founding member and past chairman Alistair Murray commented: “I have known Doug for 20 years. He is a passionate and committed individual. He had a vision for Geelong’s historic regatta and oversaw an amazing transition, setting a benchmark for all others to chase.”