Hervé Gastinel was appointed chief executive of Beneteau Group’s boat division, in part to help develop the group’s charter business.
Beneteau, which is based in western France, was founded by Benjamin Beneteau in 1884 and is led by granddaughter Madame Annette Beneteau Roux. The sailboat division’s U.S. headquarters is in Marion, S.C., and its U.S. powerboat headquarters is in Annapolis, Md.
The Beneteau Group said Christopher Caudrelier will take over as chief financial officer for the group, effective Thursday, freeing current CFO Patrick Guilloux to assume the role of chief operating officer for U.S. operations.
Beneteau and Monte Carlo Yachts said the North American premiere of the Monte Carlo 6, or MC6, will be at the Nov. 5-9 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The Beneteau Group is confirming its full-year 2014-15 forecast for consolidated income from ordinary operations of 37 million euros, or $41.2 million, triple the income from the previous fiscal year.
Beneteau America announced the arrival of the Oceanis 38 named Ours Blanc (or White Bear) next week in Annapolis in time for the April 24-26 Annapolis Spring Boat Show.
The Beneteau Group is reporting an 18.2 percent gain in boat sales for the first half of its fiscal year, up from about $230 million between September 2013 and February 2014 to $272.6 million in the same time period through February this year.
Beneteau Group in the United States said its preferred financing partner, SGB Finance North America, replaced its former source of funding with Shore Premier Finance — a Baltimore-based finance unit of Shore Bank focused on marine lending — to provide products and service to Beneteau Group dealers and customers.
The Beneteau Group is continuing its push into North American markets and is planning to continue penetrating the North American powerboat market by deploying a wider product range.
Beneteau America will sponsor the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada.
Beneteau announced the launch of a Plain Talk Promise customer care program that features partnerships with systems monitoring manufacturer VesselVanguard and the BoatUS organization.