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Groupe Beneteau CEO to Step Down

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Groupe Beneteau CEO Jérôme de Metz yesterday announced that he will retire. De Metz signaled his intentions during a board meeting held in preparation for several leadership changes that will take effect at the board’s general meeting June 17.

"It has been a great honor to have led the group,” de Metz said in a statement. "I would like to thank the shareholders and the board, who have placed their trust in me, as well as our teams, who I have grown deeply attached to, and our many partners from across Groupe Beneteau’s ecosystem.”

The board said Bruno Thivoyon will assume de Metz’s position as CEO, and Gianguido Girotti will become group deputy CEO and CEO of the Boat Division. Thivoyon, who is 47, is currently deputy CEO, finance, legal and IT systems. Girotti, who is 44, is currently deputy CEO, brand and product strategy, Boat Division.

The board also announced that Yves Lyon-Caen, a director of the group, will assume de Metz’s position as board chairman. Louis-Claude Roux will continue as vice chairman of the board.

Marie-Hélène Dick will be appointed as a board director. She is chairman of the board of directors for veterinary pharmaceutical company Virbac, and will join the Beneteau board as an independent director.

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