Mayla means “the one who loves water”. The name defines exactly what brought the team together.
Christopher and Olivier met while optimising the construction processes of the first far-offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Hundreds of kilometres off the German coasts, the two bonded while sharing old sailing stories.
Ten years later, Christopher proposed an initial concept and both decided to make their dream come true. The aim was to build a boat like no other, amazingly fast, environmentally friendly, and perfectly accommodating for the best cocktail parties in the bay.
The Mayla team surrounded themselves with the best experts available and together they finalised the detailed engineering of a yacht exceeding all expectations: Mayla fortyfour.
MAYLA GmbH has its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, home of a century-old, high-quality yacht-building tradition. The boat structure is sourced from a high-tech carbon laminate specialist in Dubai, UAE, the main components are engineered and manufactured under the highest quality standards in Germany and the United States of America.
Co-founder, MD, spiritual father of MAYLA fortyfour
Christopher grew up on boats and his outstanding sailing skills led him to participate in two Olympic campaigns. Equally fond of exceptional powerboats, he developed an acute sense of how a performance motorboat should be set up and behave on the water. Mayla fourtyfour is Christopher’s own spiritual child and materialises his quest for performance.
Prior to founding Mayla, Christopher acted as a consultant in operational excellence and as the CEO of a private equity fund-managed company. He is currently Managing Director and co-owner of SolvingPartners GmbH, an operational excellence and new business consulting boutique, and Mayla’s mother company.
Christopher holds an engineering degree from the DHBV Friedrichshafen in Germany. Based in Hamburg, he enjoys spending his free time on the water with his wife, his two young children and friends.
Co-founder, MD, spiritual uncle of MAYLA fortyfour
Olivier started sailing at a very young age in the south of Brittany and fell profoundly in love with the ocean. His many years experiencing the unforgiving waters of the Bay of Biscay taught him a deep respect for the elements. To him, sea-worthiness and offshore capabilities are paramount in designing a yacht, even for recreational use.
Before embarking on the Mayla adventure, Olivier worked for two decades as a management and operational excellence consultant, mainly in the fields of renewable energy and automotive. He is a co-founder and current Managing Director of SolvingPartners GmbH.
Olivier has an MSc in Management from INSEEC in Paris and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal. He is now based in Berlin. When not at work, you will most likely find Olivier spending quality time with family and friends, sailing, or riding a motorcycle.
VP Marketing and Sales, rainmaker
Dennis is a passionate C-suite commercial marine executive with a strong interest in promoting sustainable boating for future generations.
Dennis’ 25 year career in international business development and project management has spanned many diverse organisations. His last 5 years were dedicated to working at executive and board level on successful projects within luxury marine businesses such as Fairline Yachts, Dutch Craft, and ALVA Yachts.
Aligning professional and personal growth ambitions, Dennis is now dedicating his career as a full time interim manager and consultant, focusing on supporting key strategic and tactical projects for environmentally conscious marine businesses such as Mayla.
Dennis is a charismatic leader and strongly believes in the importance of creating long lasting professional relationships through open, honest, supportive, and transparent communication. He is promoting diversity in the workplace and enjoys candid debate through the decision making process.
Dennis was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He comes from generations of boating professionals that were in the Dutch commercial vessel manufacturing business. He obtained a Master of Science degree in International Management and an International MBA. Based in Bristol, UK, Dennis enjoys spending time on the water with his wife and son, and playing the odd game of golf or tennis.
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General Managers (Geschäftsführer): Christopher Gelsdorf and Olivier Arnault
Company Headquarters: Hamburg
Registered at the Hamburg District Court (Amtsgericht Hamburg)
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