Bennington recently revealed it would be offering Torqeedo’s Cruise 4.0 R electric engine as an option on its S-Series pontoons. Steve Trkla, Torqeedo’s President, demonstrated the environmentally friendly engine’s abilities at the pontoon maker’s August dealer meeting in Syracuse, Indiana.
The leading manufacturer of electric boat motors continues to be set for growth – both in terms of business and personnel. Christian Pho Duc takes on the management of the sales department at Torqeedo GmbH while Stefan J. Hubert is appointed head of marketing of the Torqeedo Group worldwide. Both executives will be based out of Torqeedo’s headquarters in Gilching, Germany.
Christian Pho Duc took over as senior vice president of the sales management of Torqeedo GmbH on July 1, 2014. For the past five years Pho Duc worked in the renewable energy sector as managing director of Smartenergy Renewables Deutschland GmbH and COO of Smartenergy Renewables AG. While previously acting as the company’s vice president, Pho Duc was responsible for sales of Nanosolar in Europe, MENA and India and European sales of Solyndra. Prior to entering the solar industry, Pho Duc worked as a manager in the semiconductor industry for more than 15 years: internationally and in management functions for Qimonda, Infineon Technologies, Giesecke & Devrient and Siemens. The 47-year-old has a degree in physics from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and a master’s degree in semiconductor physics and microelectronics from Cambridge University in England.
Also on July 1, 2014, Stefan J. Hubert took on the marketing management role at Torqeedo. Hubert comes from Procter & Gamble, one of the largest companies in the consumer goods industry and one of the most renowned marketing companies in the world. During his five years with Procter & Gamble, Hubert helped lead international brands such as Oral-B and blend-a-med to increase sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Now, the 30-year-old is looking forward to promoting clean electric mobility on the water. The business administration graduate studied technology and management-oriented business studies at the Technical University of Munich, with a minor in mechanical engineering.
Torqeedo CEO Dr. Christoph Ballin is pleased with the additions to the Torqeedo team. “It is critically important to attract outstanding professionals from other industries to Torqeedo, alongside excellent employees from the marine industry,” said Ballin. “Christian Pho Duc and Stefan Hubert have the excellent background that we were seeking for these positions, and will strengthen our team both quantitatively and qualitatively.”
Torqeedo GmbH is number one in marine electric propulsion. The company implements an uncompromising high-tech approach to developing superior and compelling products, such as integrated lithium batteries, ultralight designs and innovative electronics.
With the best overall efficiency on the market, Torqeedo electric outboards offer unique performance and range. Motors are available from 1 to 80 hp with innovative accessories, such as solar chargers, high energy lithium batteries and a smartphone app.
Founded in Starnberg in 2005, Torqeedo is the recipient of many national and international awards. Its products inspire an ever-growing fan base around the world and are available in over 40 countries.
Torqeedo announces sponsorship of the J/70 World Sailing Championships and the creation of a new division within the competition. The Dynasty Division is open to any team sailing with one or more family members onboard and is meant to encourage families to sail and compete together, creating lifelong memories and nurturing the next generation of sailors.
“The J/70 fleet is a tight group of teams with which we have been involved since the inception of the class. There is a real family feel to the fleet and we want to recognize that and further encourage families to participate in this great sport with the Dynasty Division Trophy,” said Steve Trkla, president Torqeedo USA.
The World Championships will be the first of several regattas that plan to run the Dynasty Division. “J/Boats is a family brand and we are delighted Torqeedo came up with this initiative for our class. What better way to kick it off than at the World Championships?” said Jeff Johnstone, president of J/Boats.
Running from September 9-13, the World Championships take place in Newport, Rhode Island. It is setting up to be a top-notch regatta with 89 entries to date and a formidable line-up of talent. Torqeedo is proud to be a part of the J/Boats family and is a Silver Level sponsor for the regatta while also partnering with Sail22.