Andrea Frabetti will join Sunseeker International on 28 January as its new chief technical officer following the retirement of company co-founder John Braithwaite in June 2018
Sunseeker International has appointed widely respected Andrea Frabetti as its new Chief Technical Officer following the retirement of John Braithwaite last year. Together with his brother Robert Braithwaite, John helped establish and build the Sunseeker business over 50 years, with a focus on in-house design and product development.
Andrea Frabetti brings to Sunseeker extensive experience having worked at Italy’s Ferretti Group for over 25 years across all of the company’s key brands, overseeing the development of motor yachts from concept to production-ready – and most recently served as VP of Product Development where he led a team of 200 people across the design, engineering and R&D functions. Since leaving Ferretti, he has been CEO for Diesel Center SPA, a supplier of propulsion engines and technological systems in the marine sector.
In recent years, Fabretti has served as a valued member of the judging panels for the METSTRADE Dame Awards and IBI’s Boat Builder Awards. He graduated with a marine and mechanical engineering degree from the University of Genoa in 1990.
Commenting on the appointment, Christian Marti, CEO at Sunseeker International, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Andrea to Sunseeker. He has an impressive track record and many proven successes in product strategy and product development that will benefit our brand.” Marti continued, “Andrea joins us at an exciting time as we step up our product development plans and I am certain he will be a great asset to our team.”
Fabretti will be locating from Italy to Poole on England’s south coast where Sunseeker employs approximately 2,600 people and produces around 150 boats every year ranging from 50ft-161ft.