Boucherville (Québec), October 19, 2015 - Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS), a leading distributor of automotive products in Canada and paint and related products in the United States, announces the appointment of Eric Bussières as its Chief Financial Officer, effective November 30, 2015.
“Eric has a solid track record of supporting operational excellence and growth through successful investment and financing strategies within both private and publicly-traded companies,” said Henry Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select. “We are extremely proud to welcome Eric as a member of our leadership team and are confident that, with his extensive leadership, finance and M&A experience, he will be a key contributor in the pursuit of Uni-Select’s growth ambitions,” continued Mr. Buckley.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our colleague Martin Labrecque, whom in addition to his responsibilities as Vice President, Finance and Control, successfully supported the business during this transitional period rife with acquisition activity,” added Mr. Buckley. “The entire management team looks forward to his continued involvement with Uni-Select as our Vice President, Finance and Control.”
Biographical Notes – Mr. Eric Bussières
Prior to joining Uni-Select, Mr. Bussières spent over 10 years with CAE, a global leader in civil aviation, security, as well as healthcare services, where he held various positions that culminated in the role of Vice President Finance, Simulation Products, Civil Training and Services, which he held for five years.
With strong financial and M&A experiences, and recognized as a determined, results and strategy-oriented leader, Eric has coordinated important investment initiatives in Great Britain, India, Malaysia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Prior to joining CAE, he dedicated fifteen years of his career to providing financial counsel to private and public companies with Société Générale, from 1997 to 2005, and the Royal Bank of Canada, from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Bussières holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, a Master’s Degree in Finance from the University of Sherbrooke and CFA level III certification.
Leader in the Canadian distribution of automotive products, Uni-Select is also a leading independent automotive paint distributor in the United States with FinishMaster. Over 2,400 employees spread across 13 distribution centres and over 198 corporate stores are dedicated to offering advanced solutions and first-rate service to customers in order for them to benefit from a positively superior experience. Uni-Select's strong network and proficient programs contribute to the success of countless auto service shops and collision centres as well as more than 1,155 independent wholesalers in North America. Its Canadian banner programs made up of Auto Parts Plus®, Auto-Plus®, Bumper to Bumper®, Auto Select®, Uni-Pro®, SAX and Carrossier ProColor® regroup over 3,900 shops and stores. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
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