VP Finance Robert Fortier appointed CFO
MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A
ACM.B) today announced that its Senior Vice-President and Chief
Financial Officer, Claude Gagnon, has advised the Company of his
decision to leave the organization on January 31, 2012 with the intent
to retire, after a distinguished career of over 20 years at Astral.
"Claude has been one of the architects of Astral's transformation into a
pure-play media company and played a key role in our many acquisitions
and asset dispositions over the years. I wish to sincerely thank Claude
for his great contribution to our evolution and growth and wish him
well in his future endeavors and as he contemplates taking a much
deserved retirement," said Ian Greenberg, President and Chief Executive
Robert Fortier, who has served as the Company's Vice-President, Finance
since October 2005, is being appointed Vice-President and Chief
Financial Officer, effective February 1, 2012.
"Robert holds an impressive professional track record and has earned a
strong reputation both within Astral and among the financial community.
I wish him every success as he undertakes his new responsibilities and
look forward to his continued contribution to our senior management
team," added Ian Greenberg.
Robert Fortier holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1981) and is a member of the
Ordre des Comptables Agréés (Chartered Accountants) du Québec since
1983. Prior to joining Astral, Robert worked as Vice-President,
Finance, at Microcell Telecommunications Inc., operating under the
brand name Fido.
Founded in 1961, Astral one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several media
properties—pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home
advertising, and digital—among the most popular in the country. Astral
plays a central role in community life across the country by offering
diverse, rich, and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs
of consumers and advertisers alike. To learn more about Astral, go to astral.com.
SOURCE ASTRAL MEDIA INC.
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