Michael Koppstein has been appointed by Lürssen to promote its brand interests in the American mega yacht market. Effective 1 July 2017, it is envisioned that Koppstein’s 25 years of experience as Royal Huisman’s commercial and technical representative in the Americas will enhance the value of the Lürssen brand.

After graduating in Engineering Design and Construction at the Institute of Technology in his native Australia, Koppstein drew upon both his weekend hobby and his academic training to forge a lifelong career in the yachting industry. As a professional sailor, Koppstein has logged some 200,000 nautical miles that included many offshore regattas culminating in an extensive 4-year circumnavigation whilst working as a captain. Koppstein served a brief tenure with Ron Holland Design before accepting an invitation from Wolter and Alice Huisman in 1992 to become the Royal Huisman yard’s technical and commercial representative in the USA.

“Michael is a highly respected and well-known personality within the worldwide superyacht industry. Michael will help us to bridge the distance between our shipyard here in Bremen, Germany and the important US market,” says sales director Michael Breman. “His significant experience in yachting and his passion for the yacht builder’s craft makes him the right person to support us at this time. We are delighted to welcome Michael to the Lürssen family.”

“Helping to further develop the excellent reputation that the Lürssen brand already represents is a wonderful opportunity," says Michael Koppstein "I feel privileged to be working for and with a company that represents the pinnacle of yachting! For many years, I have served an industry that has rewarded me with a sense of pride and an immense amount of satisfaction. I look forward to a fruitful relationship with a team that I have known and greatly respected for many years.”