Australian motor yacht builder Maritimo has appointed Derrick Nowak to spearhead its global dealer and market expansion.

Appointed in early 2022, Nowak is charged with increasing Maritimo’s penetration into the European market, as well developing a presence in select Middle Eastern and Asian markets.

CEO Garth Corbitt said Maritimo already had a significant presence in the USA, New Zealand and throughout Australia and was now strategically strengthening other global markets.

He said the appointment of Nowak would further implementation of that expansion strategy.

“The goal is to identify dealer partners who share our vision and want to create and build a Maritimo family in their local areas,” said Nowak.

“It’s about the people, the experiences and the camaraderie that they can ignite in their respective countries and areas that will drive our success.”


The strategy has already proved successful, with a new Asian dealer joining the network in March 2022.

Nowak is uniquely qualified for the position. Aside from his formal boat building, coatings and paint inspection qualifications, he has also worked in the marine industry in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific for nearly 30 years. He has held technical and global sales management roles with AkzoNobel, senior roles with shipyards and also client-managed major yacht builders, including SilverYachts, Hinckley Yachts and Fleming Yachts among others.

Nowak’s appointment came at the end of the most successful year in the company’s 20-year history where seven new models were brought to market, the latest and largest being the M75 Flybridge Motor Yacht.

The American born Nowak emigrated to Australia over 16 years ago, making the Gold Coast his permanent home. As an avid boater he can be found out on the water most weekends.