MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2016) -
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WSP Global Inc. (TSX:WSP) ("WSP" or the "Corporation") today announced that Bruno Roy has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation. It also announced two additional appointments.
Bruno Roy was appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective October 31, 2016. As announced on March 15, 2016, this nomination marks the formal appointment of Alexandre L'Heureux, former Chief Financial Officer, to the position of President and CEO.
The Corporation also announced the appointment of Robert Ouellette to the newly created position of Chief Corporate Services Officer and the promotion of one of its current leaders, David Langlois, to the position of Chief Accounting and Treasury Officer.
"One of the cornerstones of our success has been our ability to rely on strong global leaders," said Alexandre L'Heureux. "We have spent considerable time and effort identifying talented internal and external leaders, who will help us execute on our global growth strategy and further professionalize WSP. Today's appointments represent another step forward in this endeavour."
BRUNO ROY - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Bruno Roy joins WSP from McKinsey & Company, where he was a Senior Partner in the Hong Kong office and Leader of the Private Equity Service Line in the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he was responsible for advising private equity firms, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds on strategy, fundraising, deal origination, due diligence, portfolio company performance improvement and exit preparation. Alongside his work with investors, Bruno Roy also advised Fortune 500 companies on strategy, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and post-merger management. He joined McKinsey in Montreal in 1999 and has been working in Greater China since 2009, including five years in Beijing, where he was in charge of the office. Mr. Roy also served on McKinsey's Global Partner Review Committee.
Bruno Roy holds an MBA from the London Business School and a bachelor's degree from Laval University in Quebec. Prior to joining McKinsey, he worked for Schroders in London and AXA in Montreal. He is a co-founder and advisory council member of the Banff Forum, one of Canada's leading public policy platforms.
"After an extensive search for a financial executive with broad professional services experience and strategic acumen, we are delighted that Bruno Roy has agreed to join WSP," said Alexandre L'Heureux. "His addition to our global leadership team is another significant milestone as we continue to broaden our capabilities to address growing market opportunities, creating shareholder value and offering the best services to clients, as well as stimulating opportunities to employees. Mr. Roy brings WSP an impressive track record of achievements in the professional services industry and finance, and a broad range of experience in mergers & acquisitions and strategic planning. As we continue to strive to meet or exceed the objectives of our 2015-2018 strategic plan, he will play a critical role in our ongoing success."
"I am very pleased to join WSP, undoubtedly one of the most successful global companies in the industry. WSP has a bright future with an ambitious strategic plan, and its leadership team has a proven track record of success," said Bruno Roy. "I look forward to making a valuable contribution to the Corporation at this exciting point in its history, as well as to creating value for WSP's employees, clients and shareholders."
ROBERT OUELLETTE - CHIEF CORPORATE SERVICES OFFICER
Robert Ouellette joins WSP from Desjardins Financial Group, where he served on the Management Committee and held the role of Senior Vice-President, Technology and Shared Services. Prior to his time with Desjardins, Robert Ouellette held senior positions at Rio Tinto and Alcan. He started his career with Accenture, one of the largest consulting firms in the world, where he spent 19 years and the last five as a Partner. He brings extensive experience in professional services, business transformation, post-merger integration and continuous improvement. In his multidisciplinary role, Mr. Ouellette will oversee information technology, workplace strategy, real estate and procurement, and the implementation of strategic initiatives aimed at optimizing employee experience. He graduated in 1987 from École Polytechnique de Montréal as an electrical engineer.
"Robert Ouellette has significant executive experience in professional services. He will have overall responsibility for implementing a global strategy tying together the virtual employee experience in Information Technology with the physical employee experience in the workplace. I strongly believe that our people are our greatest assets. Therefore, if we attract, develop, mobilize and engage them, it will contribute to the attraction and retention of clients, which will in turn create shareholder value," commented Alexandre L'Heureux.
DAVID LANGLOIS - CHIEF ACCOUNTING AND TREASURY OFFICER
David Langlois joined WSP in April 2014, as Vice President, Finance and Treasury. In his new role as Chief Accounting and Treasury Officer, he will report to Bruno Roy and hold overall global responsibility for finance and treasury. Mr. Langlois has more than 20 years of experience, having worked for many international and publicly-traded companies in different sectors. Prior to joining the Corporation, Mr. Langlois was Chief Financial Officer at 5N Plus Inc. He has also held the role of Vice President, Financial and Management Reporting at National Bank Financial. His solid international experience also extends to Ernst & Young, Transat, and Bombardier Transportation (Rail). David Langlois is a graduate of the Université du Québec à Montréal and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
"Through his role as Vice President, Finance and Treasury, David has demonstrated excellent leadership capabilities and developed strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Having successfully led the financial integration of WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff, he has an in-depth understanding of our reporting and planning processes," said Alexandre L'Heureux. "As we strive to meet the objectives of our growth strategy, David's analytical and managerial skills make him the best candidate to raise the bar, thus enabling us to keep pace with the successful growth we have experienced in recent years".
As one of the world's leading professional services firms, WSP provides technical expertise and strategic advice to clients in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors. WSP also offers highly specialised services in project delivery and strategic consulting. Its experts include engineers, advisors, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. With approximately 34,000 people in 500 offices across 40 countries, WSP is well positioned to deliver successful and sustainable projects under its WSP and WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff brands. www.wsp-pb.com.
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