Blainville, Quebec -- November 20, 2015 -- Steve Leal, President and CEO of Fix Auto Canada and Fix Auto World is proud to announce Fix Auto’s new board of directors, effective immediately.
"As previously announced, we have recently accepted a minority equity investment from la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which has laid the groundwork for Fix Auto to pursue new growth strategies, both within Canada and internationally," says Leal.
As part of this restructuring, Guy Bessette and Manon Duplantie are no longer involved with the organization and subsequently, will be leaving the board. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for the important contributions they have made to Fix Auto over the past 14 years, both at the board and operational levels," says Leal. "Together, they saw Fix Auto through an important chapter in the company’s history, and we wish them health, happiness and success in their future endeavours. We are working hard to bring in the right people to assist us in steering Fix Auto in a new direction that will see us become the dominant global brand within the next five to 10 years."
Fix Auto's new board of directors:
Jorge Arruda: Arruda’s business career spanned 31 years in the Property and Casualty insurance industry. Over an 18-year period, Arruda held a number of key executive roles with one of Canada’s largest Property and Casualty organizations. His executive leadership portfolio includes; claims, sales and marketing, underwriting, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Jorge has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Masters of Leadership from Royal Roads University. His business experience also includes corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and leading large scale business transformations.
Stéphane Léveillé: Léveillé is currently Senior Director of private equity, mid-market Québec, at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where his team offers a variety of financing solutions and an extensive expertise to companies wishing to accelerate their growth and maximize their value. A seasoned manager and entrepreneur, Léveillé has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, mergers and acquisitions and private equity placement, having worked with companies in both expansion and turnaround situations. Léveillé started his career within Intrawest as the Director of Financial Investment planning for the first two phases of development at Tremblant, and subsequently joined Transat A.T. where he was responsible for merger and acquisition activities. He has also launched and sold two companies.
Daniel Hogg: Hogg will remain as a key member of Fix Auto’s board of directors, and brings a host of financial experience that includes holding top finance roles at Queen’s University, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario, and Unisys Canada. Hogg holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, and earned his CPA, CA designation in 1985.
Steve Leal: Leal has assumed responsibility as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and will continue to play an active role in steering Fix Auto Canada and Fix Auto World down the rights paths to grow the brand and the network in Canada and globally. Leal’s Economics background and industry experience have helped shape a unique strategy for Fix Auto, based on leveraging the agility and entrepreneurial spirit of Fix Auto’s members to fuel rapid growth and lead the global collision repair industry.
A fifth board member has been selected and will be officially announced in early 2016.