Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) February 25, 2009 -
Zodiac of North America Inc. (http://www.zodiacmarineusa.com), today announced that Jean-Jacques (J.J.) Marie, its President and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring from the company at the end of February. The company plans for Howard French to lead their Recreational Products division and Steve Seigel to lead their Military Products division. Marie, who will assist with the transition as a consultant, will also remain on the Board of Directors. Marie, has been with the Zodiac family of companies for 25 years including serving as President for the last 19 years.
"I have mixed emotions about retiring in such trying times, but I'm confident that Zodiac is in good shape and will weather this current storm well," Marie said. "In fact, it's an exciting time to be in our business and I hope all the young professionals realize what great times are ahead of them."
"I want to thank J.J. for his terrific contributions over the last 25 years and his participation in building a thriving business," said Howard French. "Everyone in the marine industry recognizes J.J. for building a world-class organization, contributing to the industry as a whole, and now he leaves behind a capable team."
Marie has had a storied career, serving on the Boards of the NMMA, U.S. Coast Guard Foundation, Naval Special Warfare Foundation, Association for Rescue at Sea, American Boat & Yacht Council, and the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. He has received two U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Commendations, one UDT SEAL Association Distinguished Superior Service Award, the Charles F. Chapman Award, and was recently made an Honorary Navy SEAL.
About Zodiac of North America, Inc.
Zodiac of North America Inc. is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Zodiac Marine and Pool (http://www.zodiac-marine-pool.com), a Carlyle Group portfolio company. Zodiac is the inventor and world-leading manufacturer of inflatable boats and RIBs, with headquarters in Stevensville, MD, a U.S. factory in Summerville, SC, and service offices in, South Bend, IN, Portland, OR, and Van Buren, AR. Zodiac is the only manufacturer to offer a training academy (zodiacacademy.com), service certification for dealers, a global network of service centers, and a robust North American network of dealers. Zodiac is CE and NMMA certified.