Ian is a long-time veteran of the recreational boating industry having been involved in both the retail and service provider sides of the business. First as CEO of Europe’s largest boat retailer, then CEO of a UK yacht manufacturer and later, a founder of what was a classic internet start-up, boats.com, Ian has spent the last decade leading the most popular brands in the online boating industry.
As President of Dominion Marine Media (now Boats Group), Ian oversaw the strategic direction of the company’s industry-leading brands of Boat Trader, YachtWorld, boats.com and CosasDeBarcos. He developed the company’s operations outside North America where he successfully built key relationships and identified specific growth enablers throughout Europe. Appointed Vice President and General Manager of YachtWorld and boats.com in 2007, Ian developed and executed business strategies that further positioned YachtWorld as the leading portal and MLS for the yacht brokerage market. He played an integral role in the development of essential industry resources, most notably Soldboats.com, the only data source that provides accurate, real-time boat sales data and prices to brokers across the United States. In 2016, Ian led the successful acquisition of the company by Apax Partners.
Ian is highly regarded in the boating industry and is often sought to comment on global sales trends and market indicators.
A lifelong sailor, Ian is a fierce competitor on the sailboat racing circuit, representing Great Britain many times and taking home the title for the British National Championships three times so far! Ian says that, “On the water – as in business – it’s my competitive spirit that feeds by enjoyment leading, as well as being part of a great team.”