Vincenzo Poerio steps down as head of the Italian yard

Italy’s Azimut-Benetti Group has reorganised Benetti’s top management team. Franco Fusignani, manager of Benetti’s Business Line, has been invited to join the Azimut-Benetti Board and will take on the role of CEO of the Benetti Business Line.

Fusignani has great knowledge of the sector, having spent the last 12 months dedicated to the reorganisation of Benetti’s operations. In the near future, Benetti says particular attention will be given to strengthening the commercial organisation.

Taking on the role of VP of development of the Benetti Business Line is Christos Ramnialis. Answering to the CEO, Ramnialis will be responsible for opening new markets, stimulating the launch of new and innovative products, and strengthening the brand in northern Europe in the mega and giga-yacht industry.

After 25 years at the head of Benetti, Vincenzo Poerio has decided to take on a new entrepreneurial challenge and will dedicate his energy and passion to his family farm.

The new Benetti team, led by Fusignani, will oversee a cycle of redevelopment – one that has already seen revenues grow by 16% over the last nautical year to €370m.

More details will be revealed at Azimut-Benetti’s annual press briefing at the Cannes Yachting Festival tomorrow, says the company.