William (Bill) Griffiths is the new man in charge at Kidderminster-based yard



Sealine have become the second big British boatbuilder in almost as many days to name a new managing director, following a similar announcement by Fairline on Wednesday.

The Kidderminster-based company’s new boss is William (Bill) Griffiths, who will take the helm from James Bursey, the man charged with running Sealine since its acquisition by Oxford Investment Group in September last year.

Bursey will take up a new position as executive vice-chairman.

Sealine chairman Rex Schlaybaugh said: “Bill brings with him over 35 years of operations management experience in manufacturing on a global basis and we are very excited about Bill becoming part of our team. He is also a keen and knowledgeable boater.

“We are very excited about the strategies we have outlined at Sealine since the acquisition. Our aim is to expand the business and develop new markets for the Sealine range of luxury motor boats.

In the statement announcing the appointment, the company reiterated its intention to use Sealine as the platform to acquire other boat manufacturers and bring them within a Sealine ‘portfolio’.

To read more about Sealine’s intentions, pick up the April issue of MBY (out March 1) in which we’ll be taking a closer look at where exactly Sealine’s new American owners are taking the company.

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