Appointment: Jérôme de Metz, Chairman and CEO
The Board of Directors of BENETEAU S.A. is announcing that Mr Hervé Gastinel’s duties as Chief Executive Officer and his other positions within Groupe Beneteau ended on June 15 and 16, 2019.
The Board of Directors has appointed its Chairman, Mr Jérôme de Metz, as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Mr Gastinel.
Alongside this appointment, the Boat Division’s Management Board is also evolving to unite the Group's teams, brands, design units and plants around a stronger shared project.
This project is based around a cross-cutting approach and will be reflected in the creation of two major departments. Christophe Caudrelier, previously Chief Financial Officer in charge of Information Systems and currently Deputy CEO in charge of European activities, will retain his current position and will now lead the Operational Excellence Department for the Group. Gianguido Girotti, previously General Manager of the Beneteau brand, in charge of its product strategy, will become Deputy CEO and will head up the Boat Division’s Product Strategy Department.
The Management Board will also now include Corinne Margot, Group Human Relations and Communications Director, and be assisted by two of the Group's experienced managers, Dieter Gust and Jean-Paul Chapeleau, respectively Chairman of Construction Navale Bordeaux and General Manager of Jeanneau and Prestige.
No governance changes are being made for the Housing Division, led by Patrick Mahé.
The biographies of the various people referred to in this press release are available at https://press.beneteau-group.com/experts/
The Company would like to thank Hervé Gastinel for the time and energy that he devoted to it over the past four years and wish him every success for the next steps in his career.
In addition, Groupe Beneteau is maintaining its latest estimates for revenues for the current year (3% to 5% growth based on reported data) and a stable operating income rate compared with the previous year.
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.