Changing of the guard at the SAQ's management in 2023

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Change of guard to the management of the SAQ in 2023

La President of the SAQ, Catherine Dagenais

The CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), Catherine Dagenais, will step down in June 2023 after 23 years at the state-owned company.

The news, first reported by La Presse, has been confirmed by Radio-Canada.

The selection process for a new CEO begins underway under the supervision of the SAQ's Board of Directors.

Ms. Dagenais will remain in office until the end of her current mandate, which she began in 2018.< /p>

She is the first woman to have held the position of President and General Manager of the SAQ.

Catherine Dagenais joined the SAQ in 2000, where she held the position of Director before being promoted to Vice President of Sales Network Operations in 2008 and Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Customer Experience in 2014.

It was in this position that she undertook an organizational overhaul within the government corporation with the implementation of new services such as Click, buy, pick up or the SAQ Inspire experience.

After becoming vice-president and chief operating officer in 2017, she finally became president and chief executive officer of the SAQ in 2018.

His mandate will not have been easy, especially during the pandemic, where the state-owned company has continued to operate its branches despite numerous health restrictions. The modernization of the deposit for reusable containers, the labor shortage in the retail trade and the inflationary surge of recent months, which forced the SAQ to adjust its prices three times this year, will have marked the end of its mandate.

The SAQ generated a net profit of $1.35 billion during the 2021-2022 fiscal year, up $130.9 million from the previous year. A sum entirely paid into the coffers of the Quebec State.

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