PONANT has appointed Hervé Gastinel as CEO, which will become effective on 29th March.
The company claimed that this move confirmed its ambition to become the market leader in luxury cruises and the world leader in sustainable tourism.
During the past five years, PONANT, a subsidiary of Artemis since 2015, has significantly stepped up a gear by doubling its fleet.
It now has 12 (soon to be 13) vessels, including ‘Le Ponant’, an historic sailing yacht and ‘Le Commandant Charcot’, the world’s first hybrid-electric Polar exploration vessel powered by LNG, due for delivery in a few months.
François Pinault, Artemis’ Founder and Manager, said: “I am delighted with the arrival of Hervé Gastinel, he is a true sailing enthusiast, who has all the skills to transform this wonderful company and facilitate the resumption of operations.
“After a difficult year, the next months will be decisive in accelerating Ponant’s development for the coming financial years,” he said.
Gastinel (pictured) will replace Jean Emmanuel Sauvée.