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Zodiac Nautic North America owner will speak at Fort Lauderdale

Zodiac Nautic North America is planning to introduce a new owner to the industry at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Zodiac Nautic North America, a subsidiary of RIB and inflatable manufacturer Zodiac Nautic, is planning to introduce a new owner to the industry at the Nov. 5-9 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The company sent an introductory message to its dealer network from new corporate owner and CEO Dominique Heber-Suffrin late this summer.

Heber-Suffrin will address the marine media on Zodiac Nautic and its North American operation’s plans during a press conference set for 2 p.m. on Nov. 5.

"We are pleased to introduce Zodiac Nautic's new owner and CEO, Dominique Heber-Suffrin, to the marine industry officially,” Zodiac Nautic North America president Gary Durnan said in a statement.

“In his first official statement to the worldwide dealers and business partners, his pride and passion about the Zodiac brand was more than evident. We both plan on addressing the media during this time, setting the record straight as to what’s been going on with our companies, our future plans and setting aside rumors that have been initiated by those outside our circle of knowledge."

“The message is a simple one,” Durnan added. “Zodiac Nautic is running at full capacity, producing inflatables and RIBS from 6 feet to 28 feet, at its three production facilities. The R&D team is working overtime to get our new products and designs to market in a timely fashion, with exciting new products in development. The new ownership, including Heber-Suffrin taking a leadership role as our new CEO, will be the turning point in this iconic brand’s return to its rightful place as the industry leader. To put it bluntly, Zodiac is back.”

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