MONTREAL, March 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Resolute Forest Products Inc.
(NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced today that the board of directors had
nominated Michel P. Desbiens and Jennifer C. Dolan to stand for
election as new board members. Mr. Desbiens and Ms. Dolan will join
seven other current members of the board standing for re-election at
Resolute's upcoming annual meeting of stockholders on May 16, 2013.
Richard B. Evans, currently the Company's non-executive chairman, has
determined that he would retire, and would not stand for re-election.
The board has recommended Bradley P. Martin, a current member, to serve
as Resolute's new [non-executive] chairman, and Alain Rhéaume, also a
current member, as lead director.
Mr. Desbiens is a forest products industry veteran and an accomplished
business leader. He has been an independent consultant since 2000,
advising a number of clients in the forest products industry, during
which time he served briefly as Quebecor World Inc.'s chief executive
officer (international) and chief executive officer for part of 2002
and 2003. He had been president and chief executive officer of Donohue
Inc. since 1994 when it was acquired by Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. (a
predecessor entity of Resolute) in 2000, after which he served briefly
as its chairman and a special advisor. Before then, he held a number
of executive positions with Donohue Inc., Domtar Inc., Chapelle
d'Arblay paper mill and Abitibi-Price Inc. (a predecessor entity of
Resolute). Mr. Desbiens is a mechanical engineer. He currently serves
on the board of Rogers Sugar Inc.
Ms. Dolan retired from The New York Times Company in 2012 after a
33-year career, the last ten of which she spent as vice president of
forest products, where she managed paper procurement and oversaw its
equity investments in two paper mills, including as a member of the
board of Donohue Malbaie Inc., a joint venture with the Company.
Before then, she held a number of executive and senior finance roles.
Ms. Dolan is a certified public accountant, and a member of the
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Martin currently serves as vice president for strategic investments
with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. He previously served as its
vice president and chief operating officer and corporate secretary.
Before joining Fairfax, he was a partner with Torys LLP, a leading
Canadian business law firm, specializing in mergers and acquisitions
and securities laws. Mr. Martin currently serves as chairman of Ridley
Inc. and Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc., and as a member of the board
of The Brick Ltd.
Mr. Rhéaume is founder and managing partner of Trio Capital Inc. Before
then, he was executive vice president and president of Fido, a
subsidiary of Rogers Wireless Communications Inc., a role he assumed
when Microcell Telecommunications Inc. was acquired by Rogers. Mr.
Rhéaume was president and chief operating officer and previously served
as chief financial officer of Microcell. He has served as associate
deputy minister of finance and deputy minister of finance in the
provincial government of Quebec. Mr. Rhéaume currently serves as a
board member of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, the Canadian
Investors Protection Fund, Boralex Inc. and Redline Communications
"We are very pleased that Michel Desbiens and Jennifer Dolan have agreed
to stand for election to Resolute's board. They represent an
extraordinary range of talent, with deep institutional knowledge of our
industry and a proven track record of success," stated Resolute's
president and chief executive officer, Richard Garneau. "We look
forward to Bradley Martin's leadership and corporate governance
experience, and likewise express our deepest gratitude to Dick Evans
for his unwavering support, and steady and determined guidance. Dick's
contribution to this Company simply cannot be overstated."
"My affiliation with Resolute and its predecessor companies has been a
tremendously rewarding experience for me, both professionally and
personally. We have been through a great deal together, and I firmly
believe that we have set a foundation for excellence. We have taken
the necessary steps to ensure Resolute's long-term profitability and
competitiveness, optimizing our asset base and strengthening our
financial position. We have demonstrated sustainability leadership and
invested in growth opportunities. I am so very proud of what the board
and the dedicated employees have accomplished. This has been a journey
in partnership and I look forward to your future," stated Richard
About Resolute Forest Products
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products
industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint,
commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company
owns or operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products
facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power
generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90
countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed
woodlands to at least one of three internationally-recognized
sustainable forest management standards, including 65% certified to the
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the
stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto
Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association
of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are
partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to
identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of
balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human
activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a
member of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers program, in which
businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.
SOURCE: Resolute Forest Products Inc.
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