Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost, the two founding naval architects of the VPLP agency, have decided to step down from running the design company and pass the leadership roles into very capable hands who have each been with VPLP Design for several years.
Van Peteghem and Prévost are not departing the firm just yet, however. “We shall remain at the side of the new managers so as to ensure continuity and a smooth handover,” they say in a statement.
Taking over in an executive-committee role is Simon Watin, who came onboard in 2008, leaving in 2014 to join Artemis Racing, only to come back in 2020. He’s been the project lead for the studio, and is now stepping up into the president’s position and will chair the committee made up of: Mathias Maurios, who has been a naval architect with the studio for the past 21 years; Quentin Lucet, who joined as naval architect in 2006; and Xavier Guisnel, who became an engineer with the team in 2013.
Watin stated that he particularly looks forward to the ongoing input of their predecessors and carrying on along the path they laid out. “VPLP Design is the very best of agencies and magnificently equipped for creativity and innovation,” he asserts. “The new management team, drawn from its ranks, will be keen to continue the tremendous work accomplished by Marc and Vincent, who remain by our side and will continue to provide us with their invaluable advice.”
Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost have made VPLP design a world leader in naval architecture. The agency is based on three areas of activity:
- The Racing division: Multihulls and monohulls signed VPLP design have won the most prestigious races in the world with the best skippers: Eric Tabarly, Florence Arthaud, Olivier de Kersauson, Yvan Bourgnon , Franck Cammas, Armel Le Cléac’h, François Gabart, Russell Coutts and Ken Read. For the recently concluded America’s Cup, Lauriot-Prévost was on the Review Committee formed to ensure that the racing of the AC72 yachts was safe.
- The Yachting division: VPLP design has been the exclusive architect of the Lagoon and Excess range of cruising catamarans for 34 years, brands of the Beneteau group. The agency was chosen by the Grand Large Yachting shipyard to design their new models in the Outremer and Gunboat range. It is also present in and megayacht sector for designs like Douce France, a 138-foot charter cat launched in 1998 that was the world’s largest private sailing catamaran until the duo designed the 145-foot Hemisphere, delivered in 2011.
- The Maritime division: More recent activity of designing innovative ships for low-carbon maritime transport, following the Canopée project, a winged cargo ship that will transport the parts of the Ariane 6 rocket, which heads into space in 2022.
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