Aqualung Group – Matthieu Bazil
Global Watersports Manufacturer Brings Fresh Leadership
September 10, 2019 — Aqualung Group, the celebrated pioneer, designer, manufacturer, and distributor of dive and watersports equipment for 75 years, has appointed Mr. Matthieu Bazil as its new CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Bazil will be based on the Aqualung Group offices in Carros, France.
Mr. Bazil takes the helm as Aqualung continues on a path of global leadership in developing and bringing to market the best in scuba, swim, snorkel, and recreational paddle sport products. Bazil, a passionate watersports enthusiast, and scuba diver come to Aqualung after highly successful engagements at Fox Racing, Oxbow, Boardriders Inc. (with global leadership roles at both DC Shoes and Quiksilver), and key account management with Adidas.
“I have worked in the sports industry all my life and have sought out brands that are authentic and credible in their space and leaders in their industry. Aqualung fits this definition perfectly, being the pioneer of scuba diving, and each brand of the portfolio is the most authentic and credible player in their segment,” said Mr. Bazil.
The Aqualung Group is fully committed to evolving and innovating the absolute best products such as the Leg3nd Elite Regulator, to inspire every type of water exploration, led by scuba brands Aqualung and Apeks Diving. The Group is also heavily invested in the world of swimming, with Aqua Sphere and a longstanding partnership with Michael Phelps around the MP Brand swimming line for competitive swimmers and triathletes.
“We will rely most on the strength of our assets, whether it’s the best to ever get in the pool in Michael Phelps, or the first family of the Oceans with Philippe and Ashlan Cousteau – combining these iconic personalities with our incredibly capable internal teams and brands, we will push forward with truly remarkable next-generation products built by our dedicated experts worldwide. There is much on the horizon for the Aqualung Group and it is my honor to be joining this talented team,” concluded Mr. Bazil.
About the Aqualung Group
Aqualung pioneered the creation of modern diving equipment in 1943 when Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau teamed with Emile Gagnan to develop the first “aqua-lung” that made underwater exploration possible. Today, the brand continues to be the leading global designer and manufacturer of dive and water sports gear. With a deep commitment to quality, research, and testing, Aqualung has revolutionized the scuba diving experience by setting industry standards for scuba equipment in technology, comfort, safety and design. The company’s rich history as an expert in the dive and water sports industry has led to the demand for Aqualung equipment for recreational, swim, technical, and military applications in more than 100 countries around the world, under the brand names Aqualung, MP Michael Phelps, Aqua Sphere, Apeks, O.ME.R, U.S. Divers, and Stohlquist.