Management shuffle at Bourbon

Proving once again that loyal seafarers can come ashore and rise to the very top of shipping organisations, Bourbon has promoted from within, making Gaël Bodénès, who started as an officer with the French offshore giant in the late 1980s, as its new CEO.

Bodénès has stepped up from deputy CEO to take over from Christian Lefèvre. The company’s founder, Jacques de Chateauvieux, remains as executive chairman.

Lefèvre has been appointed as CEO of another de Chateauvieux vehicle, Jaccar Holdings. Lefèvre has been with Bourbon for the past 30 years and will remain a boardmember as the company tries to force its way out of the offshore recession with around 100 of its vessels still in lay-up.

“As Bourbon implements its transformation plan, I am happy to see Gaël Bodénès, who successfully handled new customer expectations in his previous operational roles, take on this new responsibility for Borubon,” said de Chateauvieux.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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