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Resolute Forest Products names new CEO

Remi Lalonde will take over the position in March 2021
Remi Lalonde has been named the new president and CEO of Resolute Forest Products. (Supplied photo)

Resolute Forest Products has appointed Remi G. Lalonde as its new president and CEO, who will start in his new position in March 2021.

The Montréal-headquartered paper products company announced the change in leadership on Nov. 5.

Bradley P. Martin, chair of Resolute’s board of directors, said the board “enthusiastically” supported the choice, citing Lalonde's “outstanding track record of success, strength of character, and exemplary personal integrity.”

“Remi's superior leadership skills demonstrated on a range of strategic initiatives have consistently impressed the board," Martin said in a release.

"Remi has very good relationships with our stakeholders, sharp analytical skills, impressive credentials, and a strong business drive. We are confident he will guide the company through its ongoing strategic transformation, delivering improved shareholder value.

“Remi is the right person at the right time for Resolute."

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Lalonde has served in a number of roles with Resolute over the last 11 years, most recently as senior vice-president and chief financial officer.

He previously served as general manager of the pulp, paper and power plant in Thunder Bay for two and a half years.

Lalonde takes over from Yves Laflamme, who had a 39-year career with Resolute. Laflamme had served as president and CEO since February 2018.

In Northern Ontario, Resolute owns and operates the pulp, paper and power plant in Thunder Bay, along with sawmills in Atikokan and Ignace.