Michael Payne is a seasoned sales broker with more than 30 years of yacht brokerage experience. Michael attended polytechnic for civil engineering, but his close ties to life at sea, both his grandfather and father were in the British Navy, lead him to follow in their footsteps; Michael began working on yachts and quickly moved up the ranks to captain. Eventually, he made the move ashore and began his career in the brokerage sector of the industry. Throughout his land-based yachting career, Michael has worked in every division of yachting, from sales and brokerage to retail charter and charter management to management and new construction. He has garnered an exceptional amount of experience and created a global network of friends and colleagues. Michael is extremely active in and passionate about the industry. Michael boasts a sterling reputation of experience, trust and honesty, which are ethics that he has earned and built is career upon throughout many years.
Prior to joining Northrop & Johnson, Michael was the CEO of Camper & Nicholsons, based in the Monaco office. Michael says that this role was one of the biggest accomplishments of his career. He has sold in excess of 200 yachts throughout his career and had a hand in numerous new construction projects.
Michael says that every yacht sold is memorable, but to date, his favorite memory was the moment he accepted his new role as Managing Director Europe at Northrop & Johnson. “I have always respected Kevin Merrigan and the Northrop & Johnson team. It’s a company that I have always admired and now I am thrilled about my new role. It will be a big challenge, but it is something that I have experience with and I’m excited to get started.”
“I’m looking most forward to hitting the targets expected of me,” says Michael. “I’m definitely on a mission in my new position as Managing Director Europe and I look forward to performing with the Northrop & Johnson team.”
“We are delighted to welcome Michael to our international team,” says Northrop & Johnson COO Daniel Ziriakus. “Michael comes to us with an exceptional amount of yachting industry experience, a stellar sales record and a reputation as a trustworthy yacht broker and industry professional. Michael’s ideals and code of ethics are perfectly in line with the Northrop & Johnson ethos. Michael will be integral in helping to expand Northrop & Johnson’s presence throughout Europe. We are so excited to have him on our team.”