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Spars announces new management team for Rig Pro International 

(Source: Southern Spars) Southern
Spars is pleased to announce the new Rig Pro International management team, led
by Des Davis and supported by Gavin McPherson. Both Davis and McPherson are
extremely passionate sailors and have a wealth of experience in the yachting
industry that will see them take Rig Pro from strength to strength. The duo is
committed to continuing to grow the existing market share and reputation of the
global Rig Pro network.  

Des Davis (left) and Gavin McPherson (right)

worked for Rig Pro International for over a year, Davis will now oversee every
aspect of the Rig Pro International operation, managing the Rig Pro
International team with efficiency and ensuring a smooth experience for
customers. Hailing from the South Island of New Zealand Davis cites sailing as
his true passion, and also rebuilds classic yachts in his spare time. “I am looking forward to leading Rig Pro International to being the ultimate solution to all things above
the deck,” he says. Customer service is a passion and in his time at Rig
Pro International to date Davis has been focused on growing the business into a
more customer focused service network with the introduction of the Infusion
management system. “The Infusion system has increased the customer service by
better database management, financial tracking and pricing, which in turn has
allowed for better planned lead times and customer management”, he says. “I am
confident with the support of Gavin and Southern Spars that we can manage
emergency work, planned warranty work, rebuilds, change outs, design and
manufacture far more efficiently than we have done so in the past”. 

Davis in his role, McPherson’s main remit will be to manage the planned and
emergency work for Rig Pro International customers, facilitating co-ordination
between the customer and Southern Spars and Rig Pro International teams. A
background in engineering and sailing, together with extensive knowledge of the
products and how they are used and abused places him in good stead for this
role. Having learnt to sail in
Tauranga, McPherson began his sailing career racing One Design models, before progressing
to working with some of the world’s most prestigious yachts and marine
companies, including a stint as boat captain on Alpha Romeo II. “I have
always seen Southern Spars as a great company with excellent products and I am
delighted to be a part of it and help make a great company greater,” he says. “My
goal is to help build the service
department into a recognised and integral part of the Southern Spars brand,
providing the best mast solutions in the world as a whole.” McPherson says his
long-term focus is to continually increase the high efficiency and effectiveness of the company to make it easier
for staff and customers to achieve the best solutions.
Rig Pro Auckland 

division of Southern Spars, Rig Pro International provides a comprehensive
mobile refit and repair service for all yachts and rigs with service points in
New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and Spain. The team regularly work with some
of the world’s most spectacular yachts. An impressive new base in the heart of
Auckland’s marine district has meant invaluable increased capacity and
waterfront access for the Rig Pro NZ team.

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