MB92 Group names Jean-Marc Boligner as new CEO
The superyacht refit and maintenance company MB92 has appointed Jean-Marc Bolingeras its new group CEO. Pepe García-Aubert will continue as president and chairman of the MB92 Group.
Bolinger (pictured) has worked in a range of industries from business services and consumer goods to food and beverages and logistics. In his 30-year career, Bolinger, a Swiss national, has worked on three continents, leading teams of up to 900 employees. He has recently worked as an adviser for private equity funds. Last year, he guided the MB92 Group to develop synergies between the company’s shipyards in Barcelona and La Ciotat in southern France.
Pepe García-Aubert said Bolinger would bring valuable experience to the group: “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,” said García-Aubert.
Bolinger, said: “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.”
Bolinger joins the group after the launch of a 4,800t shiplift in Barcelona and ahead of the commissioning of a 4,300t lift in La Ciotat, set to open this autumn. Over the course of the shiplifts construction, MB92 Group’s staff has grown from 238 to 330 employees.
In 2019, MB92 was acquired by Squircle Capital, a European investment, private equity, and real estate firm. José Caireta, founder and managing 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.”
Whilst studying Business Management in Lausanne, Bolinger embarked upon his first business venture aged 18 and built a sporting goods group that was later acquired by Head. This entrepreneurial background became the foundation of a career spent in executive roles for companies such as heating solutions firm Elco, food giant Danone and water conglomerate Primo Corporation.
Fluent in French, English, Spanish and German, Bolinger’s career has taken him across Europe, including France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the UK. He is also an active member of global leadership executive community YPO (formerly Young Presidents’ Organistation) and has a keen interest in water sports.
Pictured from left to right: Ben Mennem, Jean-Marc Bolinger, Pepe García-Aubert, Jose Caireta