Senior Management Appointments at Desjardins Group



    LEVIS, QC, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its new organizational
structure, Desjardins Group announces the following appointments.

    Ms. Christiane Bergevin has been appointed to the position of Executive
Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships, office of the President of Desjardins
Group. Ms. Bergevin's duties involve analyzing and carrying out business
partnerships, acquisitions or other development projects for Desjardins in
Québec, across Canada or abroad, in support to Desjardins Group's major
business sectors.
    Ms. Bergevin was Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Corporate
Projects at SNC-Lavalin Group. She has held many key positions in that firm,
notably as President of SNC-Lavalin Capital. Previously, she worked in real
estate and gained international experience at Standard Life and Export
Development Canada. Her appointment will be effective as of August 17, 2009.
    Also, Mr. Richard Nadeau is joining Desjardins Group as Managing Director
and Vice-Chairman, Desjardins Securities.
    Until recently Mr. Nadeau was Senior Vice-President of TMX Group,
responsible for managing listed issuers on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He also
boasts over twenty years of experience in the banking sector, particularly in
financing, risk management and capital issues for major corporate and
institutional clients.
    As part of his new duties, Mr. Nadeau will be renewing the Desjardins
offer and overseeing business development with these clienteles in support to
the Business and Institutional Services Executive Division. Mr. Nadeau will
start the new position on August 18, 2009.

    Please note that this appointment is subject to the approval of the IIROC
and of Desjardins Securities Board of Directors.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
and the ninth largest in the world, with overall assets of approximately $160
billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Québec and Ontario,
as well as its subsidiaries, several of which are active throughout Canada,
Desjardins offers a full range of financial products and services to its 5.8
million individual and business members and clients. Desjardins Group is also
home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and
health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes,
securities brokerage, venture capital, asset management and secure
leading-edge virtual access methods, all part of an integrated offer that is
the only one of its kind in Canada. One of the largest employers in the
country, Desjardins is backed by the knowledge and skills of its 42,000
employees and the commitment of its 6,300 elected officers. To find out more,
consult www.desjardins.com.




For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): André Chapleau,
Director Information and Media Relations, (514) 281-7229, 1 866 866-7000, ext.
7229, andre.chapleau@desjardins.com


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