Canada's Rona Inc bows to investor pressure, shuffles board
Rona said two of its board members, Alain Michel and Patrick Palerme, have resigned, effective immediately. Two other current directors will not stand for re-election at Rona's annual shareholder meeting on May 14.
The company said the four new individuals joining its board, effective immediately, are Bernard Dorval, former group head of insurance & global development at TD Bank; Wesley Voorheis, partner at Voorheis & Co LLP; Guy Dufresne, former president of ArcelorMittal Mines Canada; and Barry Gilbertson, principal with Barry Gilbertson Consultancy.
In addition, two other board members, Steven Richardson and another nominee, will be included in the company's circular for election at Rona's next annual general meeting of shareholders.
Rona, which is currently being led by interim CEO Dominique Boies, said it expects to be in a position to provide an update on its process to recruit a new CEO before the end of February. The company said the new CEO would also be named to its board of directors on appointment, replacing a current director.
Following the changes, the total number of Rona directors will increase to 14 from 12, and eight of its board members will be new directors, the company said.
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