Human Resources: They change jobs in the boating industry - 04 June 2019

Philippe Touet takes over the commercial management of North Sails France

Appointments, departures, job changes... There has been movement at North Sails, Dream Yacht Charter, Sea Ray, NMMA, OMI.

A duo at the head of North Sails France

After Greg Evrard's departure from the head of the French North Sails site to support Nicolas Troussel's Vendée Globe project, the sailmaker announced its new organisation chart. Gautier Sergent, already responsible for R&D activity at group level, based in Vannes, takes over the general management of North Sails France. He is supported by Philippe Touet, as Manager and Sales Director. After 22 years in the sales team of the Incidence Sails sailmaker in La Rochelle, he also brings his experience as a sailor.

A new purchasing manager at Dream Yacht Charter

Louis Chauvin joins Dream Yacht Charter, the leader in boat rental. He takes responsibility for purchasing, after more than 2 years as an after-sales coordinator at Dufour Yachts and an experience as a managing partner in a boat rental company in Saint-Martin.

Hans Roelants at the head of Sea Ray EMEA

The Brunswick group reorganizes its Sea Ray subsidiary, after its resale failure and its refocusing on small motor boats. A new Managing Director has been appointed for the EMEA region. Hans Roelants, a Dutchman who joined Mercury Marine in 2008 and then became head of Sea Ray Benelux, had left the group for two years before returning to take up his new position.

A new president for the NMMA

The American Union of Nautical Industries, the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturer Association) announced the name of its future new president. Frank Hugelmeyer will succeed Thom Dammrich, who announced his retirement after 20 years at the head of the institution. He will take up his duties on 1 October 2019. He has experience leading several professional unions in the leisure sector.

France changes its ambassador to the IMO

Geneviève Van Rossum will succeed Nicole Taillefer as France's ambassador to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The current Foreign Affairs Advisor will represent France in maritime negotiations, particularly regulations concerning large yachts and the environment.