Fédération des Industries Nautiques - Jean-François Fountaine, new Chairman of the French Nautical Industries Federation

The French Nautical Industries Federation (FIN) held its General Meeting on Tuesday 24 March. Jean-François Fountaine, President of the Fountaine-Pajot shipyard, was elected Chairman. He succeeds Annette Roux, who did not wish to renew her candidacy.

Elected chairwoman for the first time in 1992, Annette Roux spent 16 years at the head of the French Nautical Industries Federation, during which time French boating saw significant expansion and established itself among the very best in the world. Following the General Meeting, Annette Roux declared herself "delighted that the new Board of Directors has chosen Jean-François Fountaine to preside over the FIN's future", pointing out that he was "the youngest of our oldest boat builders". 

President of Fountaine-Pajot, a shipyard founded in 1976, Jean-François Fountaine worked first as a regatta competitor, then in industry. Born in 1951, a former student of the Ecole Centrale Nantes, Jean-François Fountaine was a replacement at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, having won the 470 pre-Olympic trials. Immediately afterward, he founded the Fountaine-Pajot shipyard, building dinghies (505, 470, 420), and then in 1981, racing boats and monohulls, which would notably take him to victory in the World Championships in 1980, and second place in the Solitaire du Figaro in 1981. He also won the Transat double-handed in 1983 with Pierre Follenfant on board the Charente Maritime. Currently specializing in cruiser catamarans, the Fountaine-Pajot shipyard employs 350 people at two sites: Aigrefeuille d´Aunis and La Rochelle. 

Following his election, Jean-François Fountaine paid tribute to Annette Roux´s remarkable leadership of the French Nautical Industries Federation over all these years. Keen to build on her achievements, he indicated that " the Federation's energy would be focused on supporting its members and the profession, and helping them to overcome the present economic difficulties". He also made clear that "work to find solutions to the shortage of berths in marinas, help the environment through the Bateau Bleu Program, and promote nautical activities at boat shows or through the Fête du Nautisme sailing festival, will remain key priorities". 

Other appointments to the Board of Directors included Yves Lyon-Caen, chairman of the supervisory board at Bénéteau, who was elected Senior Vice Chairman, Hervé Famelart, managing director of Nautix, who was re-elected Treasurer, and Colette Certoux, managing director of Carène service, re-elected Secretary. 

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