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mourjan marinas igy makes key appointment at port tarraco

Margarete Kalinowski
Dubai, UAE, 13 September 2012: Mourjan Marinas IGY has appointed Margarete Kalinowski as Head of Sales and Marketing at Port Tarraco, one of Europe’s most prominent superyacht marinas. Over the past year, Port Tarraco has benefitted from a fresh injection of luxury marina management, from the combined efforts of Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92), who manage the marina and has a five percent ownership stake, and Mourjan Marinas IGY, who has been commissioned to manage the sales and marketing of the marina internationally.

Margarete joins Mourjan Marinas IGY bringing with her a wealth of relevant experience including 13 years in international business and strategy, sales and marketing, as well as professional qualifications including three Masters degrees from international business schools. In addition, she is about to complete her PhD in International Business and Strategy at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Margarete has excellent knowledge and understanding of the superyacht market. She is passionate about sailing, and has her YachtMaster qualifications. With experience gained working in Europe, China, Middle East and India, Margarete is fluent in six languages.

Margarete’s role at Port Tarraco encompasses all aspects of international sales and marketing. She will be responsible for developing the strategies for marina berth sales and the marina’s related property, maximising the marina’s growth and development, and maintaining and building Port Tarraco’s position as a world-leading destination and superyacht marina. Margarete will also oversee all internal and external communications, develop and manage promotional campaigns, and create and manage all marketing materials to establish and build a clear, consistent and identifiable image for this growing and popular destination.

Now resident in Spain, Margarete’s previous experience includes working for RMZ Corp, one of India’s largest real estate developers as a General Manager in Investments and Alliances. In this role she was responsible for the development and management of an international portfolio of five star and luxury boutique hotels, high-end retail malls and commercial spaces, as well as luxury residential development projects. Her responsibilities included developing the interests of investors, as well as managing the sales and leasing of the company’s assets.

Wayne Shepherd, General Manager Marina Operations of Mourjan Marinas IGY, said, “We are delighted to have Margarete join us in this key role at Port Tarraco. She has an incredible amount of highly relevant experience both in developing the strategies for the sales and development of high end, luxury and commercial retail and residential real estate, and in the delivery of those strategies. Her profound tacit knowledge of a myriad of countries’ cultural, economic and political backgrounds, combined with her high-energy approach and passion for yachting makes her the perfect candidate for this key post.”

Port Tarraco provides a total of 64 berths for yachts ranging in length from 30 to 160 metres. The marina is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean, located on the doorstep of the beautiful and historic city of Tarragona, on Spain’s ‘Golden Coast’. From a chance to explore the rich local Catalonian culture, to the area’s many beaches, mountains for hiking or skiing, and the nearby cities of Barcelona and Madrid, the area is an attractive year-round destination for superyacht owners, captains and crew.

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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