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Wayne shepherd promoted to general manager marina operations

Wayne Shepherd
Dubai, UAE, 14 May 2012: Mourjan Marinas IGY’s Wayne Shepherd, a well respected veteran of the marine industry, has been promoted to General Manager, Marina Operations.

Mr Shepherd has been Mourjan Marinas IGY’s Regional Operations Manager for the past four years and will now take full responsibility of all marinas within the Dubai-based company’s portfolio.

With close to 35 years experience in Australia and the Middle East, 19 of which have been spent in marina management, Mr Shepherd brings a passion for the industry that has seen him work on all aspects of marinas, from implementing international standards facility and asset management, to working with sales on increasing occupancy, revenues, and ensuring effective control of financial results to meet operational objectives.

Michael Horrigan, CEO of Mourjan Marinas IGY, said: “Wayne is a world-class leader in our industry and has been a tremendous asset to our company since joining us in 2008. This promotion is recognition of his hard work and dedication over the years and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to deliver the highest standards for our clients in the region and around the world.”

Mr Shepherd has been a key player in driving the growth of one of the company’s flagship projects - Doha’s Lusail Marina – which has just marked its first year of operations.

Prior to joining Mourjan Marinas IGY, Mr Shepherd was the Operations Manager for d’Albora Marinas, Australia’s largest marina operating company, supporting six marinas across the States of New South Wales and Victoria including the award winning Nelson Bay marina.

 “I am looking forward to bringing my experiences in the industry to this role which is a tremendously exciting and challenging opportunity as we move into the next phase of our development as a company,” said Mr Shepherd.  “We have achieved a great deal over the past few years and I’m confident there is much more to come.”

Wayne is a Certified Marina Manager (CMM) with a degree in Advanced Marina Management from the International Marina Institute, USA. He has also studied Small Business Operations and management in Australia and Ship, Yacht & Boat Building in New Zealand.


Mourjan Marinas IGY announcements key developments
in executive leadership


Dubai, 6 July 2010:  Mourjan Marinas IGY, the luxury developer and manager of marinas and yachting lifestyle destinations, today announced the formalization of Iain Bell’s role as Director of Development and Matthew Whatman’s promotion to Senior Project Manager.


Iain Bell maintains his directorial role in the company by continuing to focus on the development and design of all Mourjan Marinas IGY’s projects. He will also continue to manage the technical services teams that strive to ensure the success of the company as well as managing the complete development process of future marina developments. 


Previously employed as a Project Manager, Matthew Whatman has now been promoted to Senior Project Manager.  Whatman will maintain his management of the development phases with Mourjan Marinas IGY. This includes the master planning services, design and construction. Whatman also manages the communications with consultants, contractors and government regulatory authorities to direct and coordinate their activities in order to maximise efficient operations for Mourjan Marinas IGY.


Michael Horrigan, CEO of Mourjan Marinas IGY, said:


‘‘The executive developments we are making with Iain and Matthew are compatible with the objectives we have for the future of Mourjan Marinas IGY. As the MENA region has shown sufficient growth in the past year, we aim to maintain our footing in the market to develop and manage world-class marinas and yachting lifestyle developments.


“It is with great pleasure that we maintain our successful relationship with Iain and Matthew and we look forward to working closely together with them to ensure our success in the maritime and yachting industry in the Middle East.’’


The news follows the continued growth of Mourjan Marinas IGY as they extend their reach throughout the Middle East and North Africa with projects such as the Marsa Al Seef development in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sochi Grand Marina, Russia.


Mourjan Marinas IGY’s services include planning, design, development, operations and marketing consultancy. This holistic approach distinguishes Mourjan Marinas IGY from other marina consultancy service providers and positions itself as a key contributor to the marina and yachting industries.  The company is able to offer these services across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

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