On November 1st, 2018 Erwin Bamps joined the Group as CEO of Prestige, reporting to Jean-Paul Chapeleau.
With a Masters in electronics engineering, 49-year old Dutchspeaking Belgian national, Erwin Bamps started his career in Asia with a Belgian electronics engineering firm before moving to Dubai in 1998 and then to the Philippines on behalf of a Chinese telecommunications conglomerate. He joined Gulf Craft in 2002, which builds luxury yachts and fiberglass boats, to head up its industrial and commercial operations, before quickly becoming its CEO. Over the last 16 years, he has been a key driving force behind this motor yacht builder development, especially in the Middle East and Asia.
Created over 20 years ago, Prestige is present worldwide thanks to its network of 200 dealers and its 13 motor yachts ranging from 42 to 75 feet. The brand is widely recognized in Europe and North America. Erwin Bamps will lead its development in the Middle East and Asia, while continuing to strengthen its luxury position across all the markets.
"I firmly believe that Erwin's industrial, sales and communications expertise, his leadership and his knowledge of the highly exclusive large motor yachts market will enable him to achieve these goals", adds Jean-Paul Chapeleau, CEO Jeanneau Prestige.
Management & experts linked
Deputy CEO - Industrial Operations & Development, Boat Division
Jean-Paul Chapeleau is Deputy CEO in charge of industrial operations and development. He joined the Group's Management Board in 2014.
Since 2009 and until March 2020, he...
About Groupe Beneteau
Groupe Beneteau stands out in Europe and worldwide thanks to its longevity and its exceptionally diverse range of products.
Founded in 1884, the family-owned yard has evolved over time, from fishing vessels to leisure boating, then diversifying into new industrial sectors. The Group has developed unique skillsets and technical know-how. Today, through its Boat and Housing business lines, its activities are truly international.
As the boating industry's global market leader, Groupe Beneteau, through its Boat division’s 11 brands, offers some 180 recreational boat models serving its customers’ diverse navigational needs and uses, from sailing to motorboating, monohulls and catamarans.
Leading the European leisure homes market, the three brands from the Group's Housing division offer a comprehensive range of leisure homes, lodges and pods that combine eco-design with high standards of quality, comfort and practicality.
With its international industrial capabilities and global sales network, the Group employs nearly 7,500 people, primarily in France, the US, Poland, Italy and China.