24 May 2019
Burgess Yachts announced its expansion into Australasia following the appointment of Christoffer Santon as Head of Burgess in Australia. The news coincides with Burgess’ strong global first-half performance for this year and the launch of The Burgess Partnership.
Burgess has been working with clients from Australia and New Zealand for many years now and the establishment of a permanent presence in Sydney is the natural evolution of the company’s long-standing commitment to the region. Burgess Chief Executive Jonathan Beckett has always played a very active role in this market and will continue to do so, maintaining regular visits to the region and working closely with Chris and the new Burgess team in Australia.
“Australasia is extremely important to us as a company and personally I’m thrilled that we are opening for business in Sydney,” says Jonathan Beckett. “Over the years we have been involved with most of the iconic superyachts associated with this part of the world so the launch of our Australian operation, the 14th Burgess office worldwide, makes perfect sense for us.”
Chris joins Burgess after a highly successful career at sea spanning 26 years, of which the last 14 were spent as a captain helming superyachts of over 50-metres in length. Chris has extensive experience of new-build projects, complex refits and chartering in the world’s most popular destinations.
Jonathan continues: “We are dedicated to providing our world-class services to clients globally and will be able to do so even more effectively in this region now that we have a permanent base in Sydney.
“We’ve waited to find the right candidate and I’m delighted Chris is joining us. We are confident that together we will deliver the level of service that clients expect from us the world over.”
“This is a really exciting time,” adds Chris, “both for me to work with Jonathan and the team to build on the incredible successes of Burgess on this continent, and for Burgess as it expands its global reach.
“Australia and New Zealand are known around the world for their love of yachts and yachting – you only need to look at how many superyacht owners, captains and crew hail from this part of the world. There’s a great synergy too, between my experience and the all-round service offering that Burgess brings to superyachting.
“The time is right for us, the market is ready for us and we can’t wait to get going.”