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D.J. Kiernan

U.S. Commercial Director

+1 954 604 3255

Born into a sailing family, Kiernan moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2003 upon graduating from Niagara University, and secured his first industry role in marketing for Merle Wood & Associates. From there, he moved to Feadship and was instrumental in setting up the shipyard’s yacht charter division. As a result of this success, Kiernan joined Camper & Nicholsons and was swiftly promoted to Director of Charter Marketing Worldwide and relocated to Monaco. Within this role, Kiernan was responsible for one of the yachting industry’s largest charter fleets. 

Kiernan then branched out to form his own business development consultancy, acting as a consultant in the yachting industry but also venturing into other sectors, with partnerships in the wine business and a technology start-up. However, in 2015 he returned to yachting full-time as Director of Marketing for Merle Wood & Associates.

In 2021, Kiernan joined IYC as Commercial Director for the US, where he manages a team of sales and charter consultants and is focused on creating opportunities for IYC and delivering exceptional results for clients. Outside of work, Kiernan is the founder of Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY), now the largest association in the industry.

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