Carl Fornander, chief operating officer of Windy Scandinavia AB, is to step down from his position in May 2018. Chief financial officer Jan-Henrik Stibe and project manager Dan Augustini will take on operational responsibilities at the yard and will report directly to Knut Heiberg-Andersen, CEO of Windy Scandinavia AB.
Meanwhile, Fornander and his business partner, Peter Lind of Ringens Varv AB, have established West Coast Marine Center AB and have entered into a partnership agreement to market, sell and service Windy in their part of Sweden.
West Coast Marine Center AB, will be based in Marstrand outside Gothenburg and opening operations this spring, focusing primarily on Windy. Further to the development of his dealership, Fornander will be retained by Windy Scandinavia AB on an ad hoc consultancy basis for the ongoing Windy Yacht Tender projects.
“There are no changes in the market, nor product plans, and we are currently on full speed ahead on the SR 43 Blackhawk as well as the Windy 36 Shamal,” says Windy in a statement. “Our factory in Västervik shall, as always, be welcoming prospective and new Windy customers and we shall continue to entertain our 'open yard policy' for the benefit of all Windy dealers.
“Encouraged by the success we are experiencing in Stockholm (east coast of Sweden), we all see great opportunities in this new venture.”
West Coast Marine Center AB will be an independently operating dealership with the same terms of business as all Windy dealerships.