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Hugues Simon to succeed Mario Plourde as president and CEO of Cascades

May 17, 2024  By CFI Staff

Hugues Simon, newly appointed president and CEO of Cascades. (CNW Group/Cascades Canada ULC.)

Hugues Simon, currently president of the wood products business at Resolute Forest Products, will become the new president and CEO of Cascades by July 1, 2024. This follows an extensive recruitment process in anticipation of Mario Plourde’s retirement.

Plourde, after over 11 years leading Cascades, will assist Simon during a transition period until December 2024, before becoming a special advisor.

Simon, a Université de Sherbrooke graduate with over 30 years in the manufacturing sector, previously served as president of BarretteWood from 2012 to 2020.

Patrick Lemaire, chairman of Cascades’ board, praised Simon’s leadership and commitment to operational excellence: “His extensive experience in leadership positions in the industrial products sector will be a great asset to the Company and to our customers. His track record demonstrates a deep commitment to operational excellence, and we have full confidence that his expertise and experience will contribute to Cascades’ ongoing success and create value for our shareholders.”


Simon expressed pride in joining Cascades, recognized for its pioneering work in recycling and the circular economy. Plourde, reflecting on his nearly 40-year tenure, expressed confidence in Simon’s ability to lead Cascades into its next chapter.

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