Groupe Beneteau CEO will keynote METS opening

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Hervé Gastinel, CEO of Groupe Beneteau, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2018 METSTRADE Show. The “Breakfast Briefing” will take place Nov. 13 at the RAI trade center in Amsterdam. The event will also present the annual DAME-Design awards.

Shortly after joining Groupe Beneteau in 2015, one of Gastinel’s initiatives was to increase the company’s focus on innovation through new-product development. Gastinel will speak about challenges that the boating industry faces, while highlighting trends he sees in innovation, sustainability and other consumer trends during the industry’s latest recovery.

Gastinel has had a long career in new technologies. He was appointed technical advisor for the president of the French Senate in 1993, working with France’s Ministry of Finance in 1993 on issues dealing with the economy, finance and new technologies. In 1998, he joined the Saint-Gobain group as director of planning and strategy. He was appointed general manager of Saint-Gobain Terreal in 2000 and served as chairman and CEO of Terreal from 2003 to 2015. Gastinel became Groupe Beneteau's CEO in 2015.

The Breakfast Briefing is hosted by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, the international trade association representing the global marine industry. Gastinel will also give an interview on the InnovationLAB Stage at METS and later meet with young professionals from the METSTRADE Young Professionals Club.