Empire announces change in leadership
François Vimard, Empire’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, has been appointed Interim President & CEO as the company initiates an orderly succession process to identify a permanent leader.
Mr. Vimard will also replace Mr. Poulin on the Empire Board of Directors. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Mr. Vimard brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of Empire and Sobeys to his new position.
Mr. Vimard has more than 30 years of experience in the food retailing business, joining Sobeys in 1995.
Clinton Keay, Empire’s Executive Vice President of Finance will assume the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Keay is a Chartered Professional Accountant who joined Sobeys in 1989 and held a number of progressively senior finance roles before being appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer in 2002 and Executive Vice President of Finance for Empire in 2014.