Within the Group strategy strengthening its industrial management, Groupe Beneteau appointed Renaud Tourte as Director of Product Development for the Boating Division, effective on 3 October 2016. Renaud Tourte is heading up all the design offices (incl. brand and business line design teams) as well as the innovation department.
Renaud Tourte brings over 20 years of experience in research, design and product development projects serving the automotive industry in France and internationally.
Prior to joining the Groupe Beneteau, Renaud Tourte was Director of Projects at Dongfeng Motors/Renault in China. He began his career heading up Renault’s CAD Design Office in Turkey, lately moving to Nissan in Japan where he held various Vehicle Engineering Project Leader positions. He was then appointed as Head of Automotive Design then VP Prototype Vehicle Engineering for Renault France. In 2010, he was appointed Director of Automotive Design for the DACIA Group and Chairman of DACIA Sport in Romania then took the head of the Engineering for the new Renault “Espace” Project.
Engineer (SupMéca graduate) by education, Renaud Tourte complemented his technical expertise with a series of training programmes, focusing in particular on finance and business (HEC) and management (ESSEC).
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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 12 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 7,600 people, primarily in France, the US, Poland, Italy and China.