Michael Jost, former top manager in Volkswagen, joins the board of the Austrian electric catamarans’ builder Silent Yachts. In January, Jochen Rudat from Tesla Europe was appointed as a consultant.
We frequently talk about the analogies between automotive and boating sectors, normally with the latter chasing the former. Sometimes we even report about synergies.
In the case of Silent Yachts, though, the connection seems to go a step further. After many other announcements, it is the case now of a second manager joining the board of Silent after Jochen Rudat from Tesla. Michael Jost, former Strategy Manager of Volkswagen Group, has been appointed as a member of the advisory board of the Austrian builder of electric solar catamarans.
During his time with VW, Jost was the key figure in developing the group’s expansive electrification plan. The exclusive MEB electric platform and the radical electric flagship Project Trinity were among his most successful projects.
_It’s been more than 10 years that I’ve been building the future of the Volkswagen brand and the group with amazing colleagues,” said Jost. “After smart cars come smart boats, the nautical passion I plan to dedicate myself to with my family. I’m excited to join the growing Silent-Yachts team and help them build a better and sustainable future on the water”.
Additionally, Silent-Yachts created a joint venture with JOST Group, which will be based in Croatia. This branch will have a new Silent 62 Tri-Deck as a demonstrator yacht available from early next year.
The arrival of Michael Jost is another step of Silent’s efforts to strengthen the team after former Tesla executive Jochen Rudat joined the shipyard in January 2021.
But previous announcements said that Silent Yachts is going to use the MEB electric platform by Volkswagen for their electric catamarans, and that the future models will be styled in cooperation with Cupra (a spin-off of Seat).
The connection gets tighter every day.