Lagassé Group announces 4 executive appointemnts

    MONTREAL and SHERBROOKE, QC, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lagassé Group
announces the addition of 4 executives to the leadership team who will be
overseeing business development, distribution, marketing and product
strategies for the Lagassé Group of companies . The new executives join the
company as it continues to build an industry leading management team and
expands its operations in North America and internationally.
    "We're very pleased to announce these strategic appointments to our
executive leadership team," said Louis Lagassé, Chairman of Group Lagassé,
"I'm confident that these moves will accelerate our growth and expand our
business. Working closely with me and our CTO and Executive Vice-President,
Strategy and Corporate Development, Denis Marchand, their experience will
ensure Lagassé Group continues to leverage the synergies between the member
companies, respond quickly to the changing market and business environment,
and that we take advantage of new opportunities as they present themselves."
    Mehrdad Salimian Rizi has been appointed Vice Chairman of Lagassé Group.
In this role, he will focus on new identifying and developing new business
relationships that will leverage the Group's offerings. Mehrdad has extensive
international business development experience; establishing and expanding
affiliate relationships, managing multinational teams, and developing
profitable multinational operations. He founded Orford International Trade
Inc. in 1996 and Orford Energy Management Inc. in 2006 through which he
invests in start-up companies that have energy efficiency technologies.
    Providing extensive corporate finance and North-American capital markets
expertise, Claude Michaud joins the Group as Chief Financial Officer. His
experience will be extremely valuable to Groupe Lagassé as it accelerates the
pace of its development. Prior to joining Lagassé Group, Claude served as
Chief Financial Officer of Kangaroo Media, Neurochem and C-MAC Industries, and
as Managing Director, Investment Banking with Scotia Capital and TD
Securities. He also served as Director, Management Consulting, with the Secor
    With an expanding product portfolio and the focus on creating new
distribution channels, Lagassé Group has identified a major growth area for
the Group. To drive this growth, Jean Paul Chartier has been appointed
Group/Senior/Executive Vice President Sales. Jean Paul has over 30 years of
experience in the Telecom industry, including 20 years in international
markets. He has held several executive positions within Bell Canada, Bell
Canada International, CGI Group among others and brings experience in
international marketing, risk management, joint venture investments, sales and
    To focus on bringing new products and services to the market, Christopher
Fedorko has been appointed Group/Senior/Executive Vice President Marketing.
Chris brings over 30 years of experience in the high technology industry,
holding senior marketing, product management and business development
positions in companies such ranging from start-ups such as Hullo and
Televitesse to established companies such as Cognos and Nortel. His experience
crosses the hardware, software and services sectors of the high technology

    About Lagassé Group

    Lagassé Group is an internationally diversified group providing
state-of-the-art technologies and solutions for secure networking and
communications for businesses and consumers. Activities span the development
and sale of secure IP communications products (hardware, software and
technologies), engineering and electronic manufacturing services, value-added
integration services and CRM technologies (including mass communications).
Generating annual revenues in excess of 200 million dollars in 2007, Groupe
Lagassé has operations in Europe and North America and employs over
1,300 people worldwide. For more information about Groupe Lagassé:

For further information:

For further information: Christopher Fedorko, (613) 798-6920,

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