Boucherville (Québec), March 18, 2019 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS) (“Uni-Select”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierre A. Raymond as a new member of its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Mr. Raymond spent his entire career at Stikeman Elliott LLP, a major Canadian business law firm, of which he was the Chairman from 2006 through 2012. His vast and highly strategic practice focused primarily on public and private mergers, acquisitions and securities. Mr. Raymond is a well-respected lawyer whose expertise has been repeatedly recognised by publications such as Lexpert and Chambers, among many others.
“We are proud to have Pierre joining the Uni-Select Board of Directors,” said Michelle Cormier, Chair of the Board. “As we progress with the strategic alternatives review, Pierre’s extensive depth of experience in advising public companies will complement our board expertise and bring an additional insightful perspective to our strategy.”
Mr. Raymond has served on the board of directors of companies such as Imvescor Restaurant Group, Rona, Catalyst Paper Corporation and Pethealth. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Montreal.
Today’s announcement is made as part of Uni-Select’s ongoing board renewal process that has seen fifty percent of the directors having joined since May 2017. With the appointment of Mr. Raymond, Uni‑Select now has a total of ten board members.
Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, as well as a leader in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada and in the UK. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
In Canada, Uni-Select supports over 16,000 automotive repair and collision repair shops through a growing national network of more than 1,100 independent customers and over 70 company-owned stores, many of which operate under the Uni-Select BUMPER TO BUMPER®, AUTO PARTS PLUS® AND FINISHMASTER® store banner programs. It also supports over 3,900 shops through its automotive repair/installer shop banners, as well as through its automotive refinish banners.
In the United States, Uni-Select, through its wholly-owned subsidiary FinishMaster, Inc., operates a national network of over 200 automotive refinish company-owned stores under the FINISHMASTER banner which services a network of over 30,000 customers annually, of which it is the primary supplier to over 6,800 collision repair centre customers.
In the UK and Ireland, Uni-Select, through its Parts Alliance group of subsidiaries, is a leading distributor of automotive parts supporting over 23,000 customer accounts with a network of over 180 company-owned stores.
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