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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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CSO Yachts - About CSO Yachts - The CSO Yachts team






The CSO Yachts Team

Almost 60 years experience at your service





Claude Niek - President and director of sales


Claude, director of CSO Yachts since 1997 has been a sales broker for over 30 years. Board member of numerous yachting associations (MYBA, ECPY, YBDSA), due to his extensive social network, influence and natural authority he is an epitome of the proverb nothing is impossible.


Claude speaks French and English and basic Italien









Elisabeth Niek - Charter Department Manager


Without a doubt, Elisabeth lives up to her excellent reputation with both clients, owners and captains. Her organizational abilities, profound knowledge of the fiscal and customs procedures in yachting and her energetic and charming personality make her a great Charter Department Manager consistently executing and innovating company strategy in customer-focused market.


Elisabeth speaks French and English








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









Mirko Augery - Sales Fleet Manager


Mirko who joined CSO Yachts in 2010 has gradually worked his way up to become a Sales Fleet Manager, this experience enables him to truly understand all the aspects of the business and employ targeted marketing strategies to sell your yacht.


Mirko speaks French and English










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 








Alexandra Dolezelova De Kock - Charter Assistant



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


Axel-Ange: Marketing & Design

Axel-Ange who studied infography together with web design brings to CSO Yachts his passion for aesthetics, creativity and a fresh approach to design. Before joining CSO Yachts, Axel-Ange worked for a national giant the Exacompta Clairefontaine Group. The advantage of having an in-house designer is that we can really reflect our experience, ideas and enthusiasm in our marketing/promotional scheme.


Axel-Ange speaks French, English and basic Spanish


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.