Bertrand Thiébaut, president of the internal powersports group at BRP, left the company after nine months because his “vision was not aligned” with the OEM’s, a company spokeswoman told Powersports Finance. Sandy Scullion, senior vice president of global retail & services, and Thomas Uhr, senior vice president of product engineering and manufacturing operations, took over as co-leads of the group on Nov. 27.
“We have immense respect for Bertrand and he has extensive experience,” a company spokeswoman told Powersports Finance. “We think he will be a tremendous asset wherever his career takes him.”
Formed in February when Thiébaut joined the company, BRP’s powersports group aligns brands such as Sea-Doo, Lynx, and Can-Am under one operating unit and encompasses the activities related to design, vehicle and engine engineering, manufacturing, procurement, global sales, and dealer and customer service.
“The functions of product engineering and manufacturing operations alongside global retail and services already had worked together this way successfully to a large degree before we created the powersports group,” the spokeswoman said. “By naming two co-leads for the group, the synergies will be amplified as they focus together on the main priorities.”
Together, Scullion and Uhr will guide the powersports group in “developing innovative solutions with our existing platforms,” the spokeswoman added. The pair report to José Boisjoli, president and chief executive of BRP.
BRP did not respond to PSF’s request for comment on if the Powersports Group manages the OEM’s lenders by press time.
Scullion has been with BRP for 24 years and has served numerous roles in retail services. Previously, he was vice president and regional manager of BRP’s Western Europe, the Middle East, and Africa regions until 2016.
Uhr has been with BRP since 2014 and has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. As general manager of BRP Rotax, vice president and vice president of R&D and Operations, Uhr oversees the engineering and the manufacturing side of the business and all operations in Europe.