Chief Executive Officer ,
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
Douglas Prothero serves as the Managing Director of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. In this role, Prothero oversees all operations and strategic growth of the company. As a Founding Partner of the venture, Prothero is also responsible for relations to and with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Prothero was educated in Maritime Studies and has been a ship master since 1989. He has over 35 years of professional experience in the hospitality and maritime industry, including running all facets of maritime businesses involving both commercial vessels and private yachts. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Prothero has founded numerous enterprises with lead responsibility for product development, sales, ship design, ship construction and marine operations. While Partner of a boutique investment bank, Prothero established an extensive professional network through his work advising ship owners on finance sourcing.
Prothero serves as Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated charity Sail Training International and the organization's for-profit trading companies. Activities included significant industry relations with the International Maritime Organization, Nautical Institute, the International Chamber of Shipping and ports worldwide.