New Senior Vice-Presidency - Corporate Communications and Marketing introduced at SSQ Financial Group

    QUEBEC CITY, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. René Hamel, Chief Executive
Officer of SSQ Financial Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms.
Marie Lamontagne to the newly created position of Senior Vice-President -
Corporate Communications and Marketing. This appointment is effective
September 14, 2009.
    This new Senior Vice-Presidency reports directly to the Office of the
Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for corporate communications
(internal and external) and marketing. It will also be responsible for
overseeing the implementation of activities to promote and foster a greater
understanding of the objectives and mission of the organization.
    In addition to assisting and advising the Chief Executive Officer on
corporate management issues, Ms. Lamontagne will propose communications
objectives and strategies that are in line with the Group's strategic plan and
    Ms. Lamontagne will oversee, direct and approve the main communications
and marketing strategies for the Company's business lines and subsidiaries
with a view to improving and ensuring optimal convergence of communications
and marketing activities. She will also ensure respect for corporate rules and
compliance with the graphic norms and standards for communications by all
sectors of the Group.
    Ms. Lamontagne joined SSQ General Insurance in 2001 as Vice-President of
Development, Marketing and E-Business. She has extensive experience in
communications, having worked for nearly twenty years for a major
communications agency prior to joining SSQ.
    "In view of the strong growth and steadily increasing visibility of SSQ
Financial Group over the past few years, we are very pleased to be able to
count on Ms. Lamontagne's vast knowledge and experience in relation to the
media and communications. Her proven expertise in this area will be beneficial
for the entire organization", underlined the Group's CEO René Hamel.

    About SSQ Financial Group

    With $2 billion in annual revenue and more than $4 billion in assets
under management, SSQ Financial Group is a leading mutual diversified
financial institution. The mutual serves over one million clients and provides
jobs to over 1,500 employees. SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc., the Group's
principal company, is recognized as a leader in the group insurance industry
and as an expert in the investment and retirement sector. SSQ Financial Group
is also a rising star in home and auto insurance (SSQ General Insurance
Company Inc.) and realty management (SSQ Realty Inc.).

For further information:

For further information: Elaine Dumais, (418) 650-3457 extension 6292;
Source: SSQ Financial Group

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