MONTREAL, Jan. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. ("Imvescor" or the "Company") (TSX: IRG), a leading franchiser of restaurants operating in Eastern Canada under the Pizza Delight®, Mikes®, Scores® and Bâton Rouge® banners, today announced the appointment of Ms. Tania Melanie Clarke, CPA-CA, CPA (US), as Imvescor's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective January 21st, 2015.
Ms. Clarke is a senior financial executive, as well as a forward-thinking and proactive business partner with over 15 years' experience in both public and private international and national companies across several business functions. Until recently, she was the Corporate Controller of Keurig Canada Inc., a $1 billion Canadian subsidiary of Great Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers. Prior to her tenure as Corporate Controller of Keurig Canada Inc. Ms. Clarke spent four years as Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer at Vision 2000 Travel Group Inc., the largest private travel management company in Canada.
Ms. Clarke also worked for 14 years at Grand Toys International Ltd in different roles, including Controller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Vice President (Head Office) and Chief Financial Officer (North America). Grand Toys was a multinational public company trading on NASDAQ and involved in the printing and packaging of stationery and party favours as well as the manufacture and distribution of toy and toy-related products on a global basis.
"Tania is an impressive addition to our leadership team. She has demonstrated her ability to maximize stakeholder value by driving business growth through innovation, flexibility and change based on solid financial management and technical skills. She also brings with her a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, and I look forward to partnering with her, the rest of our management team and our Board of Directors to finalize Imvescor's vision and develop and implement our strategic plan," said Mr. Frank Hennessey, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"I am honored and very pleased to join the leadership team of Imvescor at this exciting time. I look forward to working with Frank, my colleagues on the management team and the Board of Directors to grow this business and maximize results," added Ms. Clarke, incoming Chief Financial Officer.
Tania Melanie Clarke has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from Concordia University; she is also a Chartered Accountant (CPA-CA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA – US).
Ms. Clarke succeeds Mr. Stéphane LeBlanc who will resign from his position as Chief Financial Officer and leave the Company after a short transition period.
"I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Stéphane, whose hard work and dedication have been instrumental in helping our Company succeed over the last few years. The Board of Directors joins me in thanking Stéphane and wishing him success in his next chapter."
About Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc.
Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. is a dynamic and innovative organisation in the family and casual dining restaurant industry. The Company is a franchise and licensing business that operates restaurants in Eastern Canada under four banners: Pizza Delight®, operating primarily in Atlantic Canada, in the family/mid-scale segment, Mikes® and Scores®, operating primarily in Québec in the family and casual dining segments and the take-out and delivery segments, and Bâton Rouge®, operating in Québec, Ontario and Nova Scotia in the casual dining segment. The Company also licenses to third parties the right to manufacture and sell prepared food products under the Pizza Delight®, Mikes®, Scores® and Bâton Rouge® brands and manufactures and sells vegetarian branded food products in grocery stores and retail outlets under the Commensal® brand.
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Certain information in this press release regarding the Company, including, but not limited to, the Company's business objectives, estimates, outlook, strategies and priorities, and all other statements other than statements of historical facts, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors outside the Company's control referenced in the Company's continuous disclosure filings which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon what the Company believes to be reasonable assumptions on the date of this press release, the Company cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.
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For further information: Frank Hennessey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc., Tel.: 514-341-5544, www.imvescor.ca; Daniel Granger, ACJ Communication, Tel.: 514-847-7990; For more information about our brands: Pizza Delight®: www.pizzadelight.com; Mikes®: www.mikes.ca; Scores®: www.scores.ca; Bâton Rouge®: www.batonrouge.ca