Tributes to French Ski Industry Legend
22nd June 2020
Last modified on August 14th, 2020
Laurent Boix-Vives has died at the age of 93. He helped create and develop the ski resort of Courchevel before acquiring Rossignol in 1956 at the age of 29.
He transformed Rossignol into one of the world’s leading ski companies.
“Rossignol Group has lost its legendary figurehead, who succeeded in turning a small workshop in Voiron into the world’s leading ski group,” said Rossignol Group President & CEO, Bruno Cercley.
“Laurent Boix-Vives was certainly one of the 20th century’s greatest entrepreneurial success stories, and he was instrumental in popularising winter sports in France and throughout the world.
“The great Rossignol family is profoundly saddened to learn of his passing.
“Those lucky enough to have met him remember a deeply humane man who was always ready to listen and as caring as he was exacting.
“He managed to pass on his great attention to detail and to doing things well to those around him.
“We have lost a symbol, a mentor and a friend.”