Mr. Gilles Mourette appointed new CEO of SSQ General Insurance Company

    QUEBEC CITY, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - SSQ General Insurance Company is
pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gilles Mourette as its new Chief
Executive Officer. Mr. Mourette brings a total of 25 years of experience in
the insurance and financial services sector to this position. He is
appreciated for his business acumen and vision, which is based on sound
governance and business practices as well as performance. Since 1999, he has
been Senior Vice-President of Information Technology at SSQ, Life Insurance
    Gilles Mourette is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales
de Paris and also completed the Gouvernance de sociétés au Collège des
administrateurs de sociétés program at Laval University. He sits on the board
of directors of the Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM) and
the steering committee of the Institut de la sécurité de l'information du
    Mr. Mourette will take over from current CEO Ms. Marie-Josée Blanchette,
who has held the position since 1998. Ms. Blanchette has also accepted a new
mandate with SSQ Financial Group, having been appointed Senior Vice-President
of Investments. This new position has been created to meet a significant
increase in the functions and requirements related to the management of SSQ
    "We would like to thank Ms. Blanchette for everything that she has
accomplished while at the helm of SSQ General Insurance. We have made strong,
steady progress under her leadership and have been successful in carving out a
choice position among Quebec's property and casualty insurers. We are very
pleased that Mr. Mourette has agreed to join our team. Given his excellent
qualities, expertise and the skilled manner in which he carries out his
mandates, we are convinced that Mr. Mourrette will contribute to the ongoing
success of our company and meet the new challenges before him brilliantly. On
behalf of our board of directors and all employees, I would like to wish
Ms. Blanchette and Mr. Mourette much success in their new functions," said
Mr. Germain Ménard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SSQ General
Insurance Company.

    About SSQ Financial Group

    SSQ Financial Group offers life and health insurance, property and
casualty insurance, annuity and investment products, as well as realty
management services to over one million clients. The Group is constituted of a
principal company (SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc.) and two subsidiary
companies (SSQ General Insurance Company Inc. and SSQ Realty Inc.). SSQ
Financial Group has $2 billion in annual revenue and more than $4 billion in
assets under management, and provides jobs to over 1,400 employees.

For further information:

For further information: Elaine Dumais, (418) 650-3457 ext. 6292;
Source: SSQ General Insurance Company Inc.

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