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06 400 Cannes – France

Tel: +33 493 38 22 70
Fax: +33 493 99 25 85


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C/Agamenon 17, Es Castell
07720 Menorca – Spain

Tel:  +34 971 35 32 32
Fax: +34 971 35 32 32



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The CSO Yachts Team

More than 60 years experience at your service





Claude Niek - President and director of sales


Beginning his career in yachting in 1985, Claude joined Claude Schmitt Organisation as Sales Broker. With his extensive network, influence and charisma, Claude quickly became a respected broker – frequently setting records as well as inspiring and assisting others in the industry. In 1997 Claude became Director of the newly rebranded CSO Yachts and has since been the driving force behind an expanding and successful team in Sales and Management.


With 35 years of experience and knowledge, Claude has not only seen great changes in the industry but has been a great motivator in helping to push it forward. He has held seats on numerous yachting committees and professional associations including MYBA, ECPY and YBDSA where, as a board member, Claude has been active in helping shape the yachting industry for the better. 


Claude speaks French and English and basic Italien






Elisabeth Niek - Charter Department Manager


With her strong background in accounting and management, together with her energetic and ‘can-do’ attitude, Elisabeth has an innate ability to spot new trends, innovate and provide an exceptional level of service. As a charter broker for over 20 years, Elisabeth is a trusted member and point of reference within the brokerage community.


Elisabeth has been an active member of MYBA – the yachting association formed to promote and improve the standards of professionalism and ethics of yacht brokers– being both a board member and treasurer and today, remains a strong voice within the communications committee. She is also Vice President and an active board member of ECPY – the European Committee of Professionalism in Yachting - where she is dedicated to stimulating the economic growth of the yachting industry.

Elisabeth lives up to her excellent reputation with clients, captains and owners, and together with her profound knowledge of fiscal and customs procedures ensures the CSO Yachts Charter Department is at the forefront of the Yachting World.


Elisabeth speaks French and English and basic Italian






Steve Ashford - Spain office Director & Sales Broker


Steve is the Spain office director & sales broker with more than 20 years of experience as a captain on board mega sailing yachts and over 15 years in brokerage and management. Steve offers a profound expertise and possesses a great understanding of clients’ needs and therefore has been providing the best service to many satisfied yacht buyers. 


Steve speaks English, French, Italien and Spanish





Sofia Penvern - Senior Charter Broker


Sofia has been with CSO Yachts for over 13 years and continues to deliver only the best service to her clients with impressive diligence and enthusiasm. Sofia’s extensive portfolio of happy repeat clients speaks for itself.


Sofia speaks Swedish, English, French and basic German






Karen O'Connor - Senior Charter Broker


With over 10 years in the yachting industry, Karen established herself as a passionate and exceptional senior charter broker who will, in own words of her client, always go that extra mile in order to provide seamless and truly luxurious charter experience.


Karen speaks English and French






Charles Hervé - Sales Broker


Charles, a business graduate, is a highly motivated and a passionate sales broker. He combines industry expertise with personal commitment and numerous selling skills used in a buyer-responsive manner.


Charles speaks French and English






Laurence Treffel - Sales Assistant & Yacht Manager


Personal assistant to the director Claude Niek, Laurence is cheerful and has a results- oriented attitude. Due to growing demand she specializes in yacht management offering knowledgeable and efficient assistance to both owners and captains of our fleet. 


Laurence speaks French, English and Spanish






Vyara Dimitrova - Charter Fleet Manager


Vyara’s experience in marketing and yacht management together with her eager personality makes her an outstanding charter fleet manager. Excellent with modern technologies, always following latest trends, she will enchant you with her knowledge and a great insight into the yachting industry.


Vyara speaks fluently Bulgarian, English, French and German, has good level in Russian  and Italian; basic Greek and Spanish





Alexandra Dolezelova De Kock - Charter Broker


Political Science graduate Alexandra had spent years working on board of super yachts and as charter assistant before her charter broker experience. This full insight into the world of yachting makes her a great addition to the charter team as a broker and enables her to respond to the clients’ demands in the most efficient and satisfactory manner.


Alexandra speaks fluently Czech, English, French and basic Russian





Michel Prezioso - Yacht Consultant


Michel entered the world of yachting in 2015, when he became a deputy director of Couach. Following two years spent at this highly regarded shipyard, he joined the CSO Yachts Team in a role of a Yacht Consultant. His experience and international connections are the two assets which help to best meet the needs of our clients. 


Michel speaks French and English





Quentin Niek - Manager Assistant


After finishing his Master in Business Consulting, Quentin began his career in the yachting industry, a familiar environment he has been part of since his childhood. After spending 2 years in San Francisco to perfect his English, he joined the CSO Team with a wide range of knowledge on many aspects of the business. Quentin works with both Sales and Charter Teams to provide technical support on the information system side, and operational input as he spent several months working in CSO Yachts in his youth.


Quentin speaks French, English and basic Italian




Olivier Parisot - Marketing Director


With more than 20 years of experience in the editorial market, Olivier succeed in many projects in a large variety of industries, and notably in the Yachting one. He joined the CSO Yachts Team in 2019 in order to bring his expertise and graphic support to every aspect of our communiacation, an undeniable asset for the satisfaction of our clients.


Olivier speaks French and English