Constance Lemieux entrusted with Desjardins Group's Business Development in Canada

    LEVIS, QC, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The President and Chief Executive
Officer of Desjardins Group, Alban D'Amours, is pleased to announce the
appointment of Constance Lemieux to the position of Senior Vice-President,
Strategic Planning and Canadian Business Development of Desjardins Group. She
will be succeeding Marcel Pepin, who has held this position since 2004. Prior
to her appointment, Ms. Lemieux was Senior Vice-President of Institutional
Affairs and Technology at Desjardins Financial Security.
    Having started her new position on January 1, 2008, Ms. Lemieux will
continue to implement Desjardins Group's Canadian business development
strategy, one of the cooperative institution's strategic priorities. She will
also be responsible for developing Desjardins Group's 2009-2011 strategic
    Ms. Lemieux has over 25 years of experience at Desjardins, first with the
Confédération des caisses populaires et d'économie Desjardins du Québec, where
she held various management positions in technology, marketing, customer
service and human resources. In 1997 she joined Desjardins Financial Security
as Executive Vice-President of Direct Marketing and then became Senior
Vice-President of E-Commerce and Direct Distribution. In 2001 she was
appointed Senior Vice-President of E-Commerce and Technology.
    Ms. Lemieux is a board member of the Commission administrative des
régimes de retraite et d'assurances (CARRA). She was a member of the Interac
board from 1992 to 1997 and President from 1996 to 1997.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in
Canada, with overall assets of $147 billion, as at September 30, 2007. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 40,000
employees and the commitment of nearly 6,800 elected officers, Desjardins
offers its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full
range of financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult

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