Brussels, 30.08.2019 – After the recent election of the new leadership of the European Boating Industry (EBI), Philip Easthill was appointed as Secretary-General. He takes up his position from September and follows in the footsteps of Sandrine Devos, who the Council thanks for her strong support over the past years.
Philip Easthill joins EBI after working in Public Affairs and Association Management in the past years. He also has a strong personal connection to the recreational boating industry, having grown up as an avid sailor and worked as a commercial skipper. Together with the Council and its new President Jean-Pierre Goudant, he will be leading the association on the key topics for the industry from skills to environmental policy, tourism and international trade relations.
Commenting on the appointment, EBI President Jean-Pierre Goudant said “We are delighted to complete our leadership team with Philip Easthill as Secretary-General. Representing the recreational boating sector, we look forward to promoting a common vision and engaging with Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and stakeholders across Europe to further develop the positive economic impact of our industry.”
Philip Easthill, EBI Secretary-General commented “I very much appreciate the trust placed in me as Secretary-General of EBI and representing this exciting sector. The sector is integral to tourism, job creation in local economies and the success of small and medium-sized companies across Europe. Together with the EBI leadership I look forward to working with the new EU institutions and the key players for the recreational boating sector over the coming years.”
Based in Brussels (Belgium), close to the European Parliament and in the heart of the EU quarter, European Boating Industry represents the interests of the European leisure marine industry and its members.
The membership of European Boating Industry encompasses all sectors relating to boating and water sports: Boat builders (sailing, motor and inflatable boats), Equipment manufacturers for boats (e.g. engines, electronics, rigging, interiors, sails, paints, etc.), Equipment manufacturers for water sports (e.g. diving, wind and kitesurfing, kayaking, canoeing, etc.),
Infrastructure builders and operators (marinas), and Service providers (trade & maintenance, chartering, schools, maritime expertise, financial and insurance services, etc.).
Today, European Boating Industry counts 11 members, all of them being well-established national associations in Europe. We have also opened to sustaining membership in 2015. Through its members, European Boating Industry has direct contact with over 7,000 companies from all sectors of the leisure marine industry in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Spain.
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