Renaud Besnard, Group Production Director

PhotoBox Group

Renaud in less than 20 words:

From power-tools to personalised printing, Renaud is an unflappable optimist, manufacturing expert and above all, industrial innovator.

Working life:

With a background as aerospace engineer, Renaud has always been keen to learn and discover new and exciting ways of doing things and with operational excellence at the heart of his ideas. Over the last 15 years, Renaud has held senior management roles in a number of very different industries – automotive, defence, energy and printing; in France, Canada and now the UK.

Reasons for joining the PhotoBox family:

I have always been driven by challenge and there aren’t many challenges as exciting as sustaining growth Photobox. I was given the opportunity to put together a highly talented team focused on consistently re-inventing and finding new ways to manufacture fantastic personalised products, which didn’t even exist a few years ago.

Career highlights:

  • Joined Photobox in May 2006 as UK Operations Director, at a time where we (only) had 30 production operators and 6 customer service agents
  • Reimagined Black&Decker & Dewalt after sales service throughout the EMEA operation including spare parts offering, warehouse workflows and logistical capabilities
  • Set up Thales Canada supply chain for the fast growing Bombardier CRJ program


Renaud graduated from aerospace engineering school (Ecole nationale supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) in 1997.

Away from the office:

Sport, sport and a little more sport: you will find Renaud on squash courts somewhere in Buckinghamshire or cheering on his two sons on the side lines of rugby and football pitches. He also loves discovering new culture and gastronomies when travelling around the world while of course taking a lot of photos along the way…

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