4 April 2022

MB92 Group appoints Jean-Marc Bolinger as new CEO

  • Pepe García-Aubert to continue as Chairman of the MB92 Group

MB92, the world leading superyacht refit, repair and maintenance group, announced today that it has strengthened its management team with the appointment of Jean-Marc Bolinger as Group CEO.

Pepe García-Aubert, President & CEO of MB92, will continue to play a major role in the company as Chairman of the Board.

Bolinger, a Swiss national, has occupied senior positions within a wide variety of industries ranging from business services, consumer goods, food & beverages to logistics, and has led teams of up to 900 employees. During a career spanning 30 years and three continents, he held executive roles at companies including Danone and Primo Corporation. In recent years he has worked as an advisor for private equity funds, a role that led him to first work with MB92 in 2021 where he helped the Group develop synergies between the company’s shipyards in Barcelona and La Ciotat.

Bolinger is also an active member of the global executive leadership community, YPO.

Pepe García-Aubert said of the appointment: “I am very happy that Jean-Marc has accepted this exciting challenge. He is in a unique position to bring a fresh perspective to our growing sector and will be able to apply his valuable knowledge of the service industry to our developing Group. Jean-Marc will lead the fantastic teams in Barcelona and La Ciotat who have consistently demonstrated their enormous capabilities. They will adeptly support Jean-Marc during this transition period, where their experience and solidarity will prove such an asset, ensuring the ideal foundation for MB92 to continue to thrive.”

MB92 Group has embarked on a phase of strong growth following the launch of a 4800t shiplift in Barcelona and the upcoming opening of a 4300t lift in la Ciotat. These shiplifts are the two largest in the world dedicated to superyachts, allowing MB92 to carry out works on more yachts at the same time and resulting in significant growth in its workforce. Over the past three years, MB92 Group’s staff has grown from 238 to 330 employees.

Jean-Marc Bolinger added: “The MB92 Group is on an exciting journey, and I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to work together with Pepe and the team in this period. My first priority will be to ensure a seamless transition for clients, employees and working partners. One of our objectives moving forward will be to pursue Pepe’s vision of growing the MB92 brand and remaining at the forefront of such a unique industry.”

José Caireta, Founder & Manging Partner of Squircle Capital, said: “MB92 grew to become the leading refitter in the world under Pepe’s watch. The appointment of Jean-Marc to the executive team will contribute to preserve this leadership position for years to come.”