MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Laurentian Bank's Board of
Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of François Desjardins
as Chief Operating Officer. The Board also announced its intention to
name Mr. Desjardins President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank
effective November 1, 2015.
"The Board of Directors and I are very happy about François Desjardins'
appointment," underlined Board Chair Isabelle Courville. "Upon
completion of the selection process which was conducted internally and
externally in accordance with the Bank's succession plan, Mr.
Desjardins proved to be the best candidate. During the course of his
career with the organization, he has demonstrated exceptional
leadership, notably at the helm of B2B Bank, and we are convinced that
he will successfully propel Laurentian Bank's development."
For his part, current President Réjean Robitaille expressed his positive
reaction to the Board's decision to select an internal candidate to
assume direction of the Bank. "Thanks to his able leadership,
competencies and knowledge of the organization, I have no doubt that
François will continue to advance the Bank's growth and take it to
increasingly higher levels. I will be working very closely with him in
the coming months to ensure a harmonious transition."
"It is an immense honour for me to have been entrusted with these
important responsibilities," emphasized Mr. Desjardins upon his
appointment. "I have spent my entire career at Laurentian Bank, and I
profoundly believe in its potential. The organization's growth over the
past number of years clearly testifies to the heritage that Mr.
Robitaille is leaving to the Bank, and I would like to take this
opportunity to thank him sincerely for this support. Working
hand-in-hand with my colleagues on the Management Committee and our
employees, we are committed to building on this momentum and continuing
to serve our clients with pride."
François Desjardins is presently 44 years of age. Upon joining the Bank
in 1991, he occupied several different positions within the branch
network, before being entrusted with a mandate to establish the
organization's first telephone and electronic services. In 2004, he was
named President of B2B Bank (known as B2B Trust at the time), which has
continued to grow under his direction to become a Canadian leader in
serving financial advisors and brokers. Most recently, he was named at
the head of the Bank's Retail Services sector.
In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Desjardins will continue to
lead B2B Bank and Retail Services.
François Desjardins' bio can be consulted by clicking here.
About Laurentian Bank
Laurentian Bank of Canada is a banking institution whose activities
extend across Canada. The Bank serves one and a half million clients
throughout the country and employs more than 3,700 people whose talent
and dedication has made it a major player in numerous market segments.
The Bank has more than $37 billion in balance sheet assets and more
than $42 billion in assets under administration.
Laurentian Bank distinguishes itself through the excellence and
simplicity in its services. As such, the Bank caters to the needs of
retail clients via its branch network and virtual offerings. The Bank
has also earned a solid reputation among small and medium sized
enterprises and real estate developers thanks to its specialized teams
across Canada, namely in Ontario, Québec, Alberta, British Columbia and
Nova Scotia. For their part, B2B Bank is a Canadian leader in providing
banking and investment products and services to financial advisors and
brokers, while the expertise and effectiveness of Laurentian Bank
Securities' integrated brokerage services are known nationwide.
SOURCE Laurentian Bank of Canada
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