Cascades announced the candidacy of Alex N. Blanco as a director on the company’s board.
Blanco was chosen by the board of directors from among several exceptional candidates identified over the past few months. His candidacy will be submitted to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on May 12.
“We are delighted with the prospect of being able to count on the experience and expertise of Alex”, said Alain Lemaire, executive chairman of the board of directors. “Alex is a strategic business leader with valuable senior management experience that will be of benefit to Cascades, including in supply chain and operations as well as U.S. market experience in which 60 percent of our sales are generated.”
Blanco is an entrepreneurial senior executive and board member with close to 40 years of international experience across multiple industries, countries and companies. Blanco worked for Procter & Gamble (P&G) for 30 years, where he served as vice-president of product supply for the global beauty sector. Prior to that, he led supply chain operations for other key P&G divisions including certain of its global manufacturing facilities and paper mills.
In addition to his P&G work experiences, Mr. Blanco also served as chief supply chain officer and executive vice-president of Ecolab from 2013 to 2020. In this capacity, he oversaw Ecolab’s global supply chain operations, including Ecolab’s 98 manufacturing plants, more than 200 distribution centers, procurement and engineering. Blanco has been the director of Patterson Companies since April 2017. He also served on the board of directors of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities from June 2015 to May 2020.
Blanco’s nomination is the result of an extensive, competitive process conducted by an international executive search firm and was guided by a comprehensive skills matrix. Particular emphasis was placed on cross-border experience and geographic representation. This appointment is also part of the board of directors’ succession planning program. Blanco’s appointment prepares for the departure of Elise Pelletier, a director who will retire in 2023 after 11 years of service.
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