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Stella-Jones’ Brian McManus to step down as president and CEO


July 15, 2019
By Stella-Jones Inc.

Stella-Jones Inc. today announced that Brian McManus has made the decision to step down as President and CEO, effective Oct. 11, 2019. Until such date, McManus will work closely with management and the Board to ensure a smooth transition. Upon McManus’ departure, Eric Vachon, Senior Vice-President and CFO, will be serving as interim CEO. Vachon is a twelve-year veteran of the company, whose prior roles have included Director, Treasury and Financial Reporting, Vice-President Finance, U.S. Operations and Vice-President and Treasurer since joining Stella-Jones in 2007. Vachon will retain his CFO responsibilities during the interim period. Stella-Jones confirms its general outlook for 2019 and management expects higher overall year-over-year sales and margins.

“It has been an immense privilege to lead Stella-Jones during an important period of transformation and growth. I am grateful to have worked with such a purpose-driven and engaged team, possessing such a great deal of industry leading knowledge. I have every confidence that Stella-Jones will remain well positioned to meet the growing needs of our customers while continuing to deliver profitable growth and shareholder value,” said McManus.

“Brian has been instrumental in assembling a strong and talented management team and helping drive Stella-Jones’ exceptional growth and value creation over the course of the past 18 years. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Brian for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the success of Stella-Jones and wish him all the best, as we look forward to working with Eric as our interim CEO,” said Katherine Lehman, Chair of the Board.

A special committee of the Board of Directors has been formed to conduct a search for the company’s next CEO and will be considering both internal and external candidates.