Shipyard MB92 changes management structure


MB92 Group has appointed Jordi Ariet (left) and Rob Papworth (right) as MD of MB92 Barcelona and MB92 La Ciotat superyacht refit shipyards respectively. The group has also restructured other senior roles within the organisation.

With over two decades of experience within the company, Ariet and Papworth have been “instrumental in its success”, according to MB92.  Ariet previosuly held the position of chief operating officer at MB92 Barcelona, whilst Papworth was director of operations at MB92 La Ciotat.

Company founder, Ben Mennem, will continue to play a major role in the company and joins Pepe García-Aubert on the board as vice chairman of MB92 Group. Mennem founded Compositeworks in 1998, which then went on to become MB92 La Ciotat.

 “I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Rob Papworth, who has been building the business alongside me in La Ciotat for many years and has played an important role in the shipyard’s development,” said Mennem.

The group has also restructured other roles in a bid to facilitate further expansion and improve  collaboration between the two shipyards. MB92 said the decision was guided by the increase in workforce in recent years.

Jean-Marc Bolinger, CEO, MB92 Group said: “The organisation we have put in place will enable us to mutualise the strengths of both shipyards and streamline the refit experience for our clients.”

Several new positions have been created in the restructure, including Vincent Escallier as business development director, Pierre Cretin as a chief financial officer, Marc Hervás as sustainability coordinator and Txema Rubio as commercial director.

“The creation of these group positions is also an essential stage of our international expansion plan, which will soon see the launch of our operations in the Middle East,” said Bolinger.