Harken Yacht Equipment has named Giampaolo Spera as its new CEO of global operations. Spera is an 18-year veteran of Harken who recently led a modernisation of the company’s Italian office, overseeing the construction of new facilities that incorporate modern approaches to management and manufacturing. He will continue in his role as Harken Italy’s general manager.
Harken has also announced the appointment of commercial manager Bill Goggins as CEO of Harken USA, reporting to Spera. Andrea Merello will serve as Harken Italy’s vice general manager, and Bob Sweet will continue as Harken’s global CFO, also reporting to Spera.
The announcement of the new leadership team does not involve any change of ownership to Harken, says the company. Peter and Olaf Harken will continue to own the business and remain active in the company in their role as co-chairmen of the Board of Directors.
Harken Inc is a leading manufacturer and distributor of sailboat hardware and accessories. Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, the company manufactures in the US and Italy. Its network includes offices in 48 countries, with group offices located in Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Britain and the US.