Navico expands executive team with deputy CEO

(EGERSUND, Norway) — Navico, the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree brands, announced today the enhancement of its executive team with the addition of Marc Jourlait as deputy CEO.

Jourlait brings a wealth of experience to Navico’s top-tier executive management team and he is also appointed to the board of directors. Jourlait will take direct responsibility for the Recreational Marine and Digital Marine divisions, as well as managing the customer service and information technology functions within Navico.

Jourlait is a French, U.S. and Canadian national, and he has extensive corporate experience, coming most recently from Bose Corp. where he was vice president and general manager for Europe. In previous positions, Jourlait was based in the United States, working for Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Seagate in product management, marketing, sales and general management, which all added to his vast understanding of the consumer electronics market.

“Looking toward the future of Navico, it was important for us to find someone who supports and realizes our vision, with a strong passion for the business,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO and president of Navico. “Not only does Marc have the experience to manage the ever-increasing responsibilities of our growing brands, he exudes energy, enthusiasm and instills ultimate confidence from his colleagues at every level. We look forward to working with him during what is sure to be an exciting time for our company.”

“I look forward to driving the Navico marine electronics business forward with the team at Navico and our partners,” said Jourlait. “I see a great opportunity for significant growth across all the Navico brands and believe that we are very well positioned to benefit from the increased role that technology plays in both commercial and recreational marine customers’ lives today.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff