Sobeys appoints IGA Business Unit President

STELLARTON, NS, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Sobeys Inc. today announced the appointment of Claude Tessier as President, IGA Operations Business Unit.

The appointment follows an announcement made earlier today by Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc. of Marc Poulin as President & CEO, Sobeys Inc. effective June 29, 2012.

"As Marc prepares to assume the leadership of Sobeys Inc., I am delighted to announce that Claude Tessier will lead our IGA Operations Business Unit," said Bill McEwan, President & CEO, Sobeys Inc. "Claude is a highly respected leader, not just within our organization, but within the broader business community in Québec."

"Claude is an experienced executive who understands all aspects of our business and who has earned the trust and confidence of our employees and franchisees since joining the company in 2003," said Marc Poulin. "He is uniquely equipped to continue to drive the success of our IGA Operations Business Unit by leveraging our well-earned reputation in the marketplace."

About Claude Tessier
Mr. Tessier is a Chartered Accountant who began his career in 1986 with Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers). Between 1989 and 1994, he held increasingly senior finance roles with Mallette International and Costco Inc. In 1994 he joined Provigo Inc. where he served in a number of roles including Vice President, Financial Planning and Vice President, Finance & Treasury. From 1999-2003 he was Chief Financial Officer of Fly Furniture. Mr. Tessier joined Sobeys Inc. in 2003 as Vice President, Finance & Strategic Planning for Sobeys Québec.

Mr. Tessier holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (1986). He has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1987.

Mr. Tessier is an Ambassador of the Charles Bruneau Foundation, supporting research and treatment for children with cancer.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 104 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at

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For further information:

Andrew Walker
Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 214-6711

Alain Dumas
Senior Director, Public Affairs
IGA Operations Business Unit, Sobeys Inc.
(514) 324-1010 ext 2400

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