End of Hervé Gastinel's terms of office within the Bénéteau Group
The Bénéteau Group announced in a press release the departure of its Chief Executive Officer Hervé Gastinel. All his mandates with the French leader in boating ended on June 15 and 16, 2019, says the Vendée company's communication. In August 2015, he took over the management of the yacht builder and led a major commercial and industrial development campaign, most recently through the acquisition of the Seascape or Delphia brands, the launch of the Excess catamarans and investments in production tools.
An Executive Committee for the Boat Division
The Bénéteau group had begun a change of organisation in February 2019 with the transition to a public limited company with a Board of Directors. The latter reinforces his weight. Its president, Jérôme de Metz, is appointed Chief Executive Officer to replace Hervé Gastinel.
The role of the Boat Division's Management Committee has been strengthened to "bring together the Group's teams, brands, design offices and factories". Christophe Caudrelier, already in charge of finance and information systems and European activities, has been appointed Director of Operational Excellence. Gianguido Girotti is leaving the general management of the Bénéteau brand for the position of Deputy General Manager for Product Strategy in the Boat Division. The Human Relations and Communication Department, Corinne Margot, completes the committee with brand managers Dieter Gust and Jean-Paul Chapeleau, respectively President of Construction Navale Bordeaux and General Manager of Jeanneau and Prestige.
Difficult position in the major European boating companies
Hervé Gastinel's departure is the 3rd in 1 week in the European yachting industry. It comes after Christian Marti's at Sunseeker and Chris Gates at Princess Yachts.