Canadian Manufacturing

Uni-Select Inc. appoints Brian McManus as Executive Chair

Eric Bussières, Executive Vice-President and CFO, will also be stepping down from his position to pursue other opportunities.

April 1, 2021  by CM Staff

BOUCHERVILLE — Uni-Select Inc. announces that Brian McManus will be appointed Executive Chair subject to his election to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 13, 2021.

Brian McManus is an executive having recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stella-Jones Inc. for close to 20 years.

“We are extremely pleased to have Brian join Uni-Select in the newly-created position of Executive Chair. Brian is recognized as the strategic mind behind the exceptional growth and value creation in his previous role and we anticipate leveraging his outstanding experience and track record to spearhead the strategic direction of Uni-Select,” said Michelle Cormier, Chair of the Board of Uni-Select Inc.

“Over the past few years, we have implemented several optimization initiatives to create a leaner and more agile company, effectively generating over $84 million in annualized cost savings. Today, Uni-Select is much stronger and well-positioned for profitable growth as the markets progressively recover,” stated Brent Windom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Uni-Select Inc.

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“I am excited for the opportunity to join Uni-Select and to work with the Board and the management team to develop the blueprint for the next few years with a focus on growing the business and value creation. Our ability to draw on Brent’s understanding and knowledge of both Uni-Select and the industry is valuable for Uni-Select and the team,” concluded Brian McManus.

Subject to her election to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Michelle Cormier will become the Lead Director. Her primary responsibilities will be to facilitate the functioning of the Board independently of the executives of the Corporation and provide independent leadership to the Board and the individual directors on the Board. Brent Windom will continue as President and CEO. His main responsibilities will be to manage day-to-day operations and work in close collaboration with the Executive Chair to set the Corporation’s strategy and operational roadmap. As Executive Chair, Brian McManus’ key responsibilities will be to collaborate with the CEO and the senior leadership team to develop the strategic direction of the Corporation and oversee its successful implementation.

Uni-Select is a distributor of automotive refinish and industrial coatings and related products in North America, and is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada.


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