Benoit LAVAL is passionate about mountains and running, which he has been doing competitively since the age of 10, and has developed a taste for entrepreneurship and management since his studies and military service at Saint-Cyr-Coëtquidan.
A textile engineer, he has built his life around these passions: creation of the Raidlight company in 1999, takeover of the Vertical brand in 2010, creation of the Trail Resort and Touring Ski Area tourist networks in 2011 and 2012, creation of the “made in France” production workshop INO-Fab in 2015.
In order to pursue the international growth of Raidlight and Vertical, these companies joined the Rossignol Ski Group in 2016. After two years as Vice President Outdoor of the Rossignol Ski Group, Benoit LAVAL will resign due to differences in strategic views in February 2019 for new projects.
After a world tour, training at HEC, INSEAD, and training as a certified professional coach at the Ecole Supérieure du Coaching, Benoit LAVAL bought Raidlight which became an independent company in August 2020.
His sporting achievements have been built up alongside these activities: 2nd in the Grand Raid de la Réunion in 2003, 9th in the Marathon des Sables in 2004, French Trail Team in 2010, Ultra-Trail 400km de Gobi in 2015, Barkley in 2016…
The installation in 2011 in the heart of the mountains in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse is a turning point in the personal and entrepreneurial quest for meaning, a life project in the mountains as much as professional projects linked to the development of local territorial politics.