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New governance announced
The general meeting of BENETEAU S.A. today approved the transformation of the Group’s governance into a structure based on a company with a board of directors.
During the voting process, the Group clarified the reasons and conditions for this choice.
More specifically, it highlighted its commitment to separating the roles of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, which it will only be possible to reverse with a vote based on a qualified majority, as well as its preference for a majority of independent directors within the Board.
The general meeting confirmed this choice by electing a Board of Directors with seven members.
Four of them are independent:
- Mrs Catherine Pourre, Audit Committee Chairwoman
- Mrs Anne Leitzgen
- Mr Jérôme de Metz
- Mr Sébastien Moynot, representing BPI Investissement
During its meeting held following the general meeting, the Board of Directors elected Mr Jérôme de Metz, independent director, as Chairman of the Board, and Mr Louis Claude Roux as Vice-Chairman.
It also appointed Mr Hervé Gastinel as Chief Executive Officer and Mr Christophe Caudrelier as Chief Operating Officer in charge of finance and information systems. In addition, it appointed three observers to provide assistance: Mr Christian de Labriffe, Mr Claude Brignon and Mr Luc Dupé.
The Board Chairman, Mr Jérome de Metz, and Mrs Annette Roux, director, expressed the Board’s sincere thanks to Mr Yves Lyon Caen, who had served as Chairman of the Board since 2005 and who wanted this change for personal reasons, while remaining on as a Group director.
190208 BENETEAU New governance
February 8, 2019
About Groupe Beneteau
Founded in Vendée 139 years ago by Benjamin Bénéteau, Groupe Beneteau today has international industrial capabilities, with 22 production sites, and a global sales network. In 2022, Groupe Beneteau recorded €1.5bn of revenues, employing around 8,000 people, primarily in France, the United States, Poland, Italy and Portugal.
A global market leader, Groupe Beneteau, thanks to its Boat division’s nine brands, offers more than 150 recreational boat models serving its customers’ diverse navigational needs and uses, from sailing to motorboating, monohulls and catamarans.
Through its Boating Solutions division, the Group is also present in the daily or weekly rental services, marina, digital and financing sectors.
Its Housing division is a major European player for leisure homes, lodges and pods, with its 3 brands (IRM, O'HARA, COCO SWEET) offering a wide range of products. It has 900 employees across six production sites in France and one in Italy, and generated €257.2m of revenues in 2022.
Boat brands: BENETEAU, JEANNEAU, LAGOON, PRESTIGE, DELPHIA, EXCESS, FOUR WINNS, WELLCRAFT, SCARAB and GLASTRON.