YPI CREW, the leading yacht crew recruitment agency, is celebrating a new page in its history as it opens a second office in Antibes.
In November 2018, the Schulte Group, through its Maritime Service Company in Singapore, concluded the takeover of the majority stake of YPI CREW.
“Since day one in 2002, I’ve had a clear vision and my goal remains to have a premium company, offering the best service for our clients and candidates, the best working environment for the YPI CREW team and the best relationship with our shareholders,” says Laurence Lewis, Director of YPI CREW.
YPI CREW moved into its current office location on Avenue de la Liberation in 2013 and since then, the number of job requests has increased by 68% – an impressive figure for a mature company. Naturally, the YPI CREW team needs to expand to continue to provide the bespoke service it offers clients and candidates.
The increase of activity was particularly noted in the interior department, which recorded a 102% increase for the same period in terms of job requests. The decision was taken to hire two additional staff members in this department headed by Helen Papamichael.
YPI CREW is recruiting three more people in the main office.
“The interior team has gone from strength to strength,” says Helen Papamichael. “I look forward to welcoming new colleagues so that, together, we can provide an even better service to our clients. This is an exciting time for me. Sourcing new talent is key to the Chef and Steward/ess department, which has evolved so much since I started in 2002.”
In early April, YPI CREW’s Superyacht Engineering team moved to the company’s other premises in rue Honore Ferrare, just around the corner. YPI CREW purchased the office in 2009 and when it became too small in 2013, the team found a tenant to take over and moved out. YPI CREW is pleased to claim that office back to give the Engineering team space to develop under the leadership of Jacqui Young, who joined YPI CREW in 2006.
“From joining Laurence in 2006 to take sole responsibility for recruiting engineers, it is a real milestone to re-open the office now for the Engineering Department,” says Jaqui.
“It has been a pleasure to be part of Laurence’s vision to grow YPI Crew over the years and I am proud to have developed a fantastic team with Marjorie Baillet and Anna Horak, who are dedicated to providing the best value-added service to great clients and candidates. We look forward to expanding the team and welcoming our clients to our new ‘control room’ in the near future.”
“I am very excited about our current recruitment drive at YPI CREW,” says Laurence. “And I look forward to developing our winning team further, to fine- tune our service and ensure our clients and candidates are looked after to the highest standards.”
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