BMO Bank of Montreal Names Three New Vice-Presidents to its Quebec Leadership Team

    MONTREAL, June 6 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal today announced the
appointment of three new vice-presidents, Personal and Commercial Banking, to
its seven-member Quebec leadership team.
    Nadine Girault has been appointed Vice-President, Downtown Montreal,
Helen Tyros has been appointed Vice-President, Montreal Metropolitan, and
Mario Rigante has been appointed Laval and Northwest Quebec. BMO has also
recently established an executive position to oversee the Bank's commercial
banking operations in the Montreal Metropolitan Area under the leadership of
Victor Pellegrino.
    "I am extremely pleased that we were able to fill these highly strategic
positions with skilled internal leaders such as Victor Pellegrino and Mario
Rigante while attracting proven executives known for their customer commitment
and ability to exceed performance targets, said François Hudon, Senior
Vice-President, Quebec Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.
    "These new executive colleagues and our leadership group will focus on
ensuring that our 2,300 employees in Quebec offer our customers a superior
banking experience and personalized financial solutions during each branch
visit or conversation," he said.
    "I am confident that these individuals, with their extensive retail and
commercial banking experience and their ability to inspire a customer-focused
team of bankers, will help us attract new customers and grow our personal and
commercial business in Quebec," added L. Jacques Ménard, President, BMO
Financial Group, Quebec.
    With an MBA in Financial Services from the University of Quebec in
Montreal, Nadine Girault has more than 20 years experience in sales
management. She has worked for Royal Bank of Canada and Mouvement Desjardins
where she was Regional Vice-President, Group Retirement Sales and Service,
Atlantic Provinces, Ontario and Western Canada prior to joining BMO. Helen
Tyros has 22 years experience at TD Canada Trust, including as District
Vice-President and most recently as Associate Vice-President, Sales, Service &
Human Resources, Quebec.
    Mario Rigante is completing an MBA at Dalhousie University and has over
15 years experience in the financial services industry. He was Personal
Banking Area Manager at BMO Bank of Montreal and recently occupied the
position of Senior Manager, Training, for BMO's Quebec Division.
    Victor Pellegrino has more than 20 years experience with BMO, primarily
in commercial banking. By creating the position of Vice-President Commercial
Banking, Montreal Metropolitan, BMO clearly indicates the importance of
providing small and medium-sized enterprises in the Montreal area with a full
range of banking products and services, as well as a full suite of integrated
commercial and capital markets products and financial advisory services. BMO
Bank of Montreal is the second leading small business lender in Canada.
    "These new members of our leadership team, who are all trilingual,
reflect the diversity of Montreal, and will be able to serve the various
cultural communities that contribute to the dynamism of the city," said
Mr. Hudon.
    Ms. Tyros, Ms. Girault and Mr. Rigante are very active in the community.
Ms. Tyros is President of the Metropolitan Montreal Hellenic Board of Trade
and serves on the boards of Centraide and the Montreal Board of Trade while
Ms. Girault is a former director of the Fondation de l'Hôpital Jean Talon and
Sport Montreal.
    Mario Rigante is on the board of EPOC Montreal and is Vice-chairman of
BMO Fountain of Hope, the charitable employee foundation of BMO Financial
    The new appointments follow the retirement of Marie-Thérèse Neklawi and
Pierre Beauchamp, and the election of Nicole Ménard as MNA for Laporte in the
last provincial election. Also, Pierre Bergeron who was Vice-President for
Laval and Northwest Quebec will now assume the vice-presidency of BMO's
South-Eastern Quebec District.

    BMO Bank of Montreal operates 160 branches in Quebec. BMO Financial Group
also serves clients in Quebec through 17 BMO Nesbitt Burns branches and two
BMO Harris Private Banking offices. With more than 5,000 employees in Quebec,
BMO Financial Group is an active corporate citizen, with more than $6 million
in total community investment in Quebec through announced donations and
sponsorships in 2006.

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