Cascades appoints Hugues Simon as President and CEO following Mario Plourde’s planned retirement

Cascades has appointed Resolute Forest Products’ Hugues Simon as its President and Chief Executive, succeeding Mario Plourde who is taking planned retirement.

Simon is currently the President of the Wood Products business at Resolute Forest Products and will assume the new role at Cascades no later than 1 July 2024. Previously, he was President of BarretteWood, where he worked from 2012 to 2020.

Plourde is taking planned retirement after being at the helm of the company for over 11 years.

Patrick Lemaire, Chairman of Cascades’ Board of Directors: “Hugues’ extensive experience in leadership positions in the industrial products sector will be a great asset to the company and to our customers.

“His track record demonstrates a deep commitment to operational excellence, and we have full confidence that his expertise and experience will contribute to Cascades’ ongoing success and create value for our shareholders.”

Simon said: “It is with great humility that I am joining the team at Cascades, a company with both a rich history and deeply ingrained values.

“I am proud to join a company that is recognised as a pioneer in recycling and the circular economy committed to innovation and a client-centric approach, all of which is reflected in the quality of its products and its people.”

Plourde added: “It is with great emotion that I am announcing my retirement after nearly 40 years at Cascades.

“It has been a great privilege to work with the Lemaire family and the entire Cascades team.

“The time has come for me to pass the torch, and I am confident that Hugues’ expertise and experience will enable him to successfully lead Cascades.”