Management changes at Devoti Sailing

One Tavinor steps aside for another

Wednesday May 26th 2004, Author: Rick Perkins, Location: United Kingdom
“It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Kay Tavinor has been promoted to Director of Operations” said Luca Devoti of Devoti Sailing. “Kay has been a key part of the company since its inception in 1992 and as the company continues to grow it’s important that Kay's organisational skills get their full recognition at board level”

This appointment comes at the same time as Tim Tavinor has chosen to leave Devoti Sailing to pursue other interests. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim for his fantastic contribution without him Devoti Sailing would simply not be here today” said Luca. “However, now the production has moved to Poland Tim feels it’s the right time to look for a new challenge and I wish him every success in his new venture”.

Tim will continue to offer technical consultancy to the team at Devoti Sailing so they will still be able to tap into his considerable knowledge and experience as required.

Kay Tavinor said “It’s business as usual here at Devoti, we’ll miss Tim’s presence on a daily basis but I am very lucky in that I will be able to pick his brains over the breakfast table every day, in addition to having long-term staff member Paul Manning on the team”.

In conclusion Luca said “It’s great to have Kay on the board, now the company is getting larger as we really need her organisation skills to manage what is now a very busy and complex international business. Much of my time will be consumed by my role as Skipper for the Italian Clan Des Americas Cup (a.ka. +39) team but I am happy to have Kay here to ensure things will continue to run smoothly."

Kay (above) has been part of Devoti Sailing from the very start and vividly remembers the making the first Finn plug, rolling round on the boat yard floor with a tape measure when 9 months pregnant. Kay has been involved in sailing all her life and has enjoyed Olympic campaigns in both the 470 and Europe. Kay is 40 years old and married to Tim Tavinor, they have three children

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