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Quentin NIEK

CEO

Quentin NIEK

CEO

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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Karen O'CONNOR

Senior Charter Broker

Karen O'CONNOR

Senior Charter Broker

In the past 25 years Karen has had the pleasure of experiencing different aspects of the yachting industry from working on yachts and for a renowned shipyard to being a guest before becoming a passionate Charter Broker. She put’s a lot of attention into finding the right yacht and taking care of all the details. 

In the own words of her client: “she always goes that extra mile in order to provide seamless and truly exceptional charter experience”. 

Irish, born and raised in London where she studied in French school, Karen moved to Cannes over 30 years ago and is perfectly bilingual. 

When not in the office you will probably find her on the golf course or at one of the many yacht shows around the world that she loves attending to keep up to date with the market, develop good relationship with colleagues and participate in the “fam trips” to discover in detail the yachts and the destinations.

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Claude NIEK

Yacht Consultant

Claude NIEK

Yacht Consultant

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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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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Laurence HIERSO

Yacht Manager

Laurence HIERSO

Yacht Manager

With a previous 5 years of experience in the yachting industry at Rodriguez Group, where she was Assistant of the Commercial Export Director, Laurence had a great knowledge of the administrative, accounting and crew management as well as a comprehensive experience in the refit and flag registries. Since then, she has been working in the import/export in many industries but with the firm conviction that she will get back in the yachting one day.

She joined CSO Yachts in late 2022 as Yachts Manager to pursue her will to work in within the industry and deliver her management skills to 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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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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Laurence LALLART

Assistant Manager

Laurence LALLART

Assistant Manager

Laurence has been working in an international environment for 30 years as an administrative and sales assistant. Always attentive, she knows how to meet expectations and anticipate needs. She notably served as a Sales Assistant for Edition Bougainville for over 5 years, where she assisted sales representatives in the realization and follow-up of high-end carpet decoration projects for hotels, yachts, stores, and private individuals.

Methodical, proactive, and versatile, Laurence joined the CSO Yachts team in March 2024 to support the team managers. Originally from Cannes, she spent a year in London, which allowed her to become perfectly bilingual.

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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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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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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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