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Jérôme de Metz appointed as Chairman and CEO of Groupe Bénéteau

On February 8, Jérôme de Metz took over the chairmanship of the Bénéteau Group's Board of Directors on the occasion of a change of governance, when the French Group moved from a Supervisory Board / Management Board structure, to a more classical one, with Board of Directors / General Management.

Jérôme de Metz appointed as Chairman and CEO  of Groupe Bénéteau

The Board of Directors of Bénéteau SA (Bénéteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige, Monte Carlo Yachts, Wellcraft, Glastron, Scarab, Delphia, Four-Winns, Band of Boats, Beneteau Boat Club...) 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.

Decryption - the setting up of a new governance within the Bénéteau group, last February, foreshadowed an extension of the functions of its new chairman of the Board of Directors, Jérôme de Metz, a man of confidence of the Roux family (BPI ). In its press release, the French group thanks Hervé Gastinel for his action during his four years in office. A mandate that has seen the group grow through acquisitions (Delphia, Seascape), strengthen its transversal synergies, position itself on the internet (Band of Boats, Boats Clubs ...) and move upmarket. From the world of finance, Jerome Metz will have the mission to strengthen the industrial integration of the group and the strategy of differentiation of its brands and products, and develop its activity on new uses of yachting. On the occasion of this appointment, the French Group confirms its latest revenue estimates for the current financial year, with growth of between 3% and 5%, and a current operating profitability rate on a stable turnover. compared to the previous year.

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