- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 19:55
- Written by Josh Courter
Photo by International Yacht Collection.
18 June 2012. Monaco and Fort Lauderdale, Florida: IYC is pleased to announce the appointment of Fabien Roché as Director of Yacht Management-Europe, a newly created position based in IYC’s Monaco office. This is a critical step in IYC’s widening global presence and indicates the firm’s dedication to placing key personnel close to clients to meet the exacting demands of the global superyachting marketplace.
Fabien joins André Peens in IYC’s Yacht Management Division (Peens was named Director of Yacht Management IYC-Fort Lauderdale in December 2011). “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with André to expand the fleet of managed yachts within IYC while providing our clients with a more broad support base as we directly represent the interest of our owners in Europe and the Mediterranean," says Roché.
Bob Saxon, IYC’s President, comments, “It cannot be overstated that in our unique business, we are charged with providing an unusual level of direct, seasoned expertise to our customers. The distinctive aspect of superyachting that is yacht management requires more precision than the management of any other kind of luxury product or pastime. We are most fortunate to be adding Fabien to our team and to have Fabien and André handling IYC’s clients’ needs in the management arena.”
Fabien started his 'career' at sea at the tender age of 3, living on a sailboat and taking educational correspondence courses to go through school. The world's oceans became his playground: first the Mediterranean at age 7 and 8; then the Atlantic (age 10); followed by the whole Caribbean from Venezuela to the Virgin Islands. Upon completing his A-levels in the U.K., Fabien passed his first Commercial Maritime license in 1987; the second followed a year later. He then sailed for a humanitarian organisation and was responsible for navigation, electrics and engineering.
Landing at Réunion Island, Fabien Roché skippered his first charter yacht at age 19. He worked on charter and private yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean until the early 1990s. He resumed his studies at the Merchant Marine Academy in Nantes, France, obtaining his Master's license in 1996.
Fabien has built much of his maritime skills on yachts, most recently Indian Empress and Felicita West as well as sail and power cruise ships and (to a lesser extent) on commercial ships. His years of experience embraces expedition yachting and cruising all over the world, including Antarctica and the Arctic, the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, Great Lakes, Caribbean, Baltic Sea, North & Western Europe, Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Central and South America, South-East Asia, and more.
Fabien's hobbies include photography, travelling, geography, cartography, diving, sailing, hiking, skiing, swimming, rock climbing, IT, vintage wines, reading, music, cinema and languages.