Groupe Beneteau today announced that Paul Blanc will become general manager of the Jeanneau brand. Blanc will report to Gianguido Girotti, Deputy CEO in charge of Product and Brand Strategy, according to a statement. He will assume the general manager position of Jeanneau in April 2020.
Blanc is currently Asia Pacific sales director for the Jeanneau and Prestige brands as well as managing director of the Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong. Blanc moved to China in 2001 to study mandarin. After a career start in Beijing in the automotive sector, he joined Jeanneau and Prestige teams in 2010. He established the Jeanneau Prestige regional office in Hong Kong and was last year appointed managing director of Groupe Beneteau Asia Pacific office in Hong Kong.
Groupe Beneteau also announced that it was asking its board of directors to appoint Jean-Paul Chapeleau as deputy CEO in charge of Industrial Studies, Purchasing and Product Development.
Chapeleau is currently general manager of Jeanneau and Prestige. He is also an adviser to the CEO on the Group’s Management Board.
“Taking our current challenges into account, I am pleased to propose the appointment of Jean-Paul Chapeleau to support the Group over the next 3 years with the implementation of its new strategic pillars,” said Jérôme de Metz, CEO, in a separate statement. “I would like to thank Jean-Paul Chapeleau again: by choosing to allow us to benefit from his expertise and experience for a few more years, he is setting out his confidence in the strategic plan that we are currently building and will facilitate its implementation.”
Chapeleau’s main mission, according to the statement, will be to align the development resources and industrial resources with the Brand / Product offerings. He will also be charged with adapting new product development for each segment with individual brands and manufacturing.
Christophe Caudrelier, deputy CEO in charge of Operational Excellence, will work closely with Chapeleau, particularly on industrial studies. Chapeleau joined Jeanneau in 1980. He has held multiple executive positions over the years, including development of Jeanneau's production in Poland. Chapeleau has been general manager of the Jeanneau and Prestige brands for the last ten years.