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Bombardier changes its whole top management

Staff writer | Montreal, QC, Canada | February 13, 2015
Laurent BeaudoinFebruary 13, 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada - Bombardier announced that Laurent Beaudoin is retiring as chairman and will remain on the Board with the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus.
Mr. Laurent Beaudoin launched his career in Québec City in 1961 by founding a firm of chartered accountants, Beaudoin & Blais, soon followed by a second firm, Beaudoin, Morin, Dufresne & Associés. He joined L'Auto-Neige Bombardier in 1963 as Comptroller, became General Manager in 1964 and President and CEO in 1966.

Mr. Laurent Beaudoin guided Bombardier's growth and diversification, at first into rail transportation and later into aerospace. In June 2008, Mr. Beaudoin handed over to his son his responsibilities as chief executive officer, and remained as Chairman of the Board.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sainte-Anne College in Nova Scotia, Mr. Laurent Beaudoin went on to complete a Master of Commerce degree at Université de Sherbrooke. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés.

Mr. Laurent Beaudoin holds honorary doctorates from the following universities: Université de Montréal; in Law from York University (Toronto); in Business Administration from Université de Sherbrooke; in Economics from the University of Sainte-Anne; in Civil Law from Bishop's University; in Science from Queen's University, Belfast; in Law from the University of Toronto; in Engineering from Carleton University; in Law from McGill University in Montreal; and in Law from Concordia University in Montréal.

Mr. Laurent Beaudoin is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of l'Ordre national du Québec and he was awrded numerous international awards.

Pierre Beaudoin is appointed Executive Chairman.

Mr. Pierre Beaudoin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. He joined Bombardier's Marine Products Division in 1985, was named Vice President of Product Development for Bombardier's Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo Division in 1990, Executive Vice President of the same division in 1992, and President in 1994.

In April 1996, Mr. Pierre Beaudoin was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier's Recreational Products Group with operational responsibility for six product lines: marine products (Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats), snowmobiles (the Ski-Doo product line), Bombardier ATVs, the Bombardier NV, utility vehicles, and Bombardier-Rotax engine facility located in Austria.

In February 2001, Mr. Pierre Beaudoin assumed duties as President of the Business Aircraft Division at Bombardier Aerospace. He was named President and COO of Bombardier Aerospace in October that same year, where he took over responsibility for all operations and product divisions of the Corporation's aerospace business.

Mr. Pierre Beaudoin was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. in June 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Power Corporation of Canada.

Mr. Pierre Beaudoin studied industrial relations at McGill University in Montréal before beginning his career as Canadian Customer Service Manager for BIC Sport Inc.

Alain Bellemare becomes President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Bellemare was 18-years at United Technologies Corp. (UTC), notably at Pratt & Whitney. Most recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, he oversaw the integration of the Goodrich Corporation into the company, and the development of some of the largest programs, including Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Engine.

Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney Canada, Mr. Bellemare spent more than 12 years in a variety of engineering and manufacturing positions with Kraft Canada and Crown Cork & Seal Canada. He serves as a Director of The Conference Board of Canada. He is also a Member of the board of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Mr. Bellemare earned an MBA from McGill University in 1993 and a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in 1984. He specialized in Aeronautical Engineering at École Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Construction Aéronautique (ENSICA) in Toulouse, France.