KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - After more than 17 years
at the head of Cascades Tissue Group, Mrs. Suzanne Blanchet, President
and CEO, announced today that she was passing the torch and leaving the
Tissue Group to join the corporate ranks of the Cascades management
team as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development. Mr. Jean Jobin
will succeed her and add the title of President to that of Chief
Operating Officer which he already holds.
"I am very proud of how far we have come since we began our activities
in the tissue paper sector. Starting with a single mill, we have
managed to climb to the rank of fourth largest producer in North
America and to become a key player, not only in the retail sector, but
also in the commercial and industrial sectors. I firmly believe in the
importance of ensuring the sustainability of the ingredients that have
made Cascades successful since the beginning, and I am confident that
the team that is now in place will lead the Group to continued growth,"
declared Suzanne Blanchet.
The President and CEO of Cascades, Mario Plourde, paid tribute to Mrs.
Blanchet in the following terms: "Few members of Cascades embody the
values and the success of our company to the same degree as Suzanne.
The first female president of a paper company in North America, she has
had a profound impact on our industry and on the tissue paper sector in
particular. I am very pleased that she is joining the corporate team to
play, among other things, the role of strategic advisor. Her
collaboration will be invaluable in helping all of Cascades to meet the
challenges facing us and to continue along the path of growth."
Mr. Jobin joined the Cascades team in 1992. Among other things, he has
served as controller and manager in various groups of the company, both
in North America and in Europe. He holds two master's degrees, one in
operations management and another in business management. He is also a
Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada. In recent
years, he has distinguished himself in the Tissue Group as Executive
Vice-President of Away-from-Home Products in North America.
"In February 2013, we announced the appointment of Jean Jobin as Chief
Operating Officer of the Tissue Group. His appointment marked the first
step in a succession plan which we have executed today. Thanks to his
leadership and his knowledge of the sector, Jean is the ideal person to
succeed someone of Suzanne's calibre", declared Mario Plourde.
"It is a great honour for me to succeed Suzanne Blanchet. Today, I wish
to salute her vision and the exceptional work she has accomplished,
which have enabled Cascades to become a top-rank player in the North
American tissue paper market. I take on this challenge, being fully
aware of the key role that our operations play in Cascades' strategic
plan. Rest assured that we will be on the lookout for growth
opportunities, especially in the American market," said Jean Jobin.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The
Company employs close to 12,000 employees, who work in over 100
production units located in North America and Europe. With its
management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and
continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces,
Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers
have come to rely on. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock
Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS.
SOURCE: Cascades Inc.
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