SALVAGING AN ICON
Written on the 9 May 2011
IT was two years ago this month when one of Australia’s iconic luxury yacht brands started to sink. Debt-laden and forced to jettison its workforce from 1200 to 400, Riviera was in dire straits. Now after a rise from administration, the boat builder is just ‘months away’ from exiting receivership. CEO John Anderson tells Gold Coast Business News that the dramas of 2009 are now behind the company.
Give us an introspective on Riviera’s rise from administration?
The company is still in the hands of receivers; what’s next?
How difficult has this period been for you personally as people questioned the longevity and strength of the Riviera brand?
What are your thoughts on where the industry is heading?
How problematic has the strong Aussie dollar been for export operations?
What’s the key leadership mantra you bring to Riviera and what corporate strategy will drive the brand forward from here?