Our team

Claude NIEK

CEO and Director of Sales

Claude NIEK

CEO and Director of Sales

Beginning his career in yachting in 1985, Claude joined Claude Schmitt Organisation as Sales Broker. With his extensive network, influence and charisma, Claude quickly became a respected broker – frequently setting records as well as inspiring and assisting other in the industry. In 1997, Claude became Director of the newly rebranded CSO Yachts and has since been the driving force behind an expanding and successful team in Sales and Management.

With 35 years of experience and knowledge, Claude has not only seen great changes in the industry but has been a great motivator in helping to push it forward. He has held seats on numerous yachting committees and professional associations including MYBA, ECPY and YBDSA where, as a board member, Claude has been active in helping shape the yachting industry for the better.

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Karen O'CONNOR

Senior Charter Broker

Karen O'CONNOR

Senior Charter Broker

With over 10 years in the yachting industry, Karen established herself as a passionate and exceptional Senior Charter Broker who will, in own words of her client, always go that extra mile in order to provide seamless and truly luxurious charter experience

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Michel PREZIOSO

Yacht Consultant

Michel PREZIOSO

Yacht Consultant

Michel entered the world of yachting in 2015, when he became a deputy director of C.N.C – Couach. Following two years spent at this highly regarded shipyard, he joined the CSO Yachts’ Team in a role of Yacht Consultant. His experience and international connections are the two assets, which help to best meet the needs of our clients.

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Elisabeth NIEK

Charter Departement Manager

Elisabeth NIEK

Charter Departement Manager

With her strong background in accounting and management, together with her energetic and ‘can-do’ attitude, Elisabeth has an innate ability to spot new trends, innovate and provide an exceptional level of service. As a charter broker for over 20 years, Elisabeth is a trusted member and point of reference within the brokerage community.

Elisabeth has been an active member of MYBA – the yachting association formed to promote and improve the standards of professionalism and ethics of Yacht brokers – being both a board member and treasurer and today, remains a strong voice within the communications committee. She is also Vice-President and an active board member of ECPY – the European Committee of Professionalism in Yachting – where she is dedicated to stimulating the economic growth of the yachting industry. Elisabeth lives up to her excellent reputation with clients, captains, owners and together with her profound knowledge of fiscal and customs procedures ensures the CSO Yachts Charter Department is at the forefront of the Yachting World.

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Charles HERVÉ

Sales Broker

Charles HERVÉ

Sales Broker

Charles, a business graduate, is a highly motivated and a passionate Sales Broker. He combines industry expertise with personal commitment and numerous selling skills used in a buyer-responsive manner.

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Olivier PARISOT

Marketing Director

Olivier PARISOT

Marketing Director

With more than 20 years of experience in the editorial market, Olivier succeed in many projects in a large variety of industries, and notably in the Yachting one. He joined the CSO Yachts’ Team in 2019 in order to bring his expertise and graphic support to every aspect of our communication, an undeniable asset for the satisfaction of our clients.

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Steve ASHFORD

Spain Office Director & Sales Broker

Steve ASHFORD

Spain Office Director & Sales Broker

Steve is the Spain Office Director and Sales Broker with more than 20 years of experience as a captain on board of mega sailing Yachts and over 15 years in brokerage and management. Steve offers a profound expertise and possesses a great understanding of clients’ needs and therefore has been providing the best service to many satisfied Yacht buyers.

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Laurence TREFFEL

Yacht Manager

Laurence TREFFEL

Yacht Manager

Personal assistant to the Director, Claude NIEK, Laurence is cheerful and has a results-oriented attitude. Due to growing demand she specialises in Yacht Management, offering knowledgeable and efficient assistance to both owners and captains of our fleet.

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Katia LOVRIC

Assistant Charter Director

Katia LOVRIC

Assistant Charter Director

With a proven experience in travel, yachting and especially on sailing yachts, Katia has a developed knowledge of the charter in diverse destinations: Croatia, West Med., West Indies, French Polynesia and Seychelles; an experience that allowed her to perfect her English and Spanish. After several jobs, Katia became Chief-Stewardess, an adventure that make her discover a new angle at charter as well as interest in welcoming and service international clients where she had shared her passion for travel.

It is with all that knowledge and experience that she joins the CSO Yachts’ Team in 2019 in order to share that passion and experience about travelling.

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Sophia PERNVERN

Senior Charter Broker

Sophia PERNVERN

Senior Charter Broker

Sofia has been with CSO Yachts for over 15 years and continues to deliver only the best services to her clients with impressive diligence and enthusiasm. Sofia’s extensive portfolio of happy repeat clients speaks for itself.

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Alexandra DOLEZELOVA DE KOCK

Charter Broker

Alexandra DOLEZELOVA DE KOCK

Charter Broker

Political Science graduate, Alexandra has spent years working on board of super yachts and as Charter Assistant before her Charter Broker experience. This full insight into the world of yachting makes her a great addition to the Charter Team as a broker and enables her to respond to client’s demands in the most efficient and satisfactory manner.

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Quentin NIEK

Assistant Manager

Quentin NIEK

Assistant Manager

After finishing his Master in Business Consulting, Quentin began his career in the yachting industry, a familiar environment he has been part of since his childhood. After spending 2 year in San Francisco to perfect his English, he joined the CSO Yachts’ Team with a wide range of knowledge on many aspects of the Business. Quentin works with both Sales and Charter teams to provide technical support on the information systems and operational input as he spent several months working in CSO Yachts in his youth.

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Discover the CSO Yachts experience

Established more than 60 years ago, CSO Yachts is one of the oldest, most experienced and reliable yacht brokerage houses in the world that act in all aspects of yachting.

Yacht management, Yacht charter or Yacht brokerage, the Team of CSO Yachts will take advantage of its professionalism and experience to bring you all the assistance you would need whatever your project is.

As a small, flexible organisation we are always available to assist and guide you with any questions and issues. We work together as a team with one goal – to provide our clients with the best service in the yachting industry: a Tailor Made Service.

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Be part of the CSO Yachts Family

Its human size allows CSO Yachts a great flexibility and better communication with the various important persons and companies of the vast world of Yachting . This family-run company and its dynamic team will always be available to answer questions and manage the different situations you or you customers could have.

The CSO Yachts’ Team will share its love of the sea and yachting with you to provide you with the Tailor Made Service you are looking for.

CSO Yachts justifies its inheritance and its passion that allows, beyond a network, to create a family in which every actor is proactive for you pleasure.

CSO YACHTS France

45, La Croisette
06400 Cannes – France

Tel: +33 493 38 22 70
Fax: +33 493 99 25 85

info@csoyachts.com

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CSO YACHTS Espagne

C/Agamenon 17, Es Castell
07720 Menorca – Spain

Tel: +34 971 35 32 32
Fax: +34 971 35 32 32

info@csoyachts.com

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