At Bombardier's Annual Meeting of Shareholders, held today, André Bérard and Carlos E. Represas were elected to the Corporation's Board of Directors.
"I am very pleased that André and Carlos will now be on our Board. Between the two of them, they bring varied experiences that will certainly be beneficial to Bombardier," declared Laurent Beaudoin, Executive Chairman of the Board of Bombardier Inc.
André Bérard is a corporate director. He was the Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Canada from 2002 to 2004 after having been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from 1990 to 2002; President and Chief Executive Officer in 1989; and President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989. Prior to this, he held various positions of increasing responsibility, also at the National Bank of Canada. Bérard is a director on various boards including, BCE Inc., Noranda Inc., Saputo Inc., Kruger Inc. and the Groupe Canam Manac Inc.
Carlos E. Represas is Executive Vice-President - Head of the Americas of Nestlé S.A. He has been Chairman of the Board of Nestlé Holdings, Inc. U.S.A. since 1994 and Nestlé Mexico S.A. de C.V. since 1983. He has also acted as Co-Chairman of the Board of Beverage Partners Worldwide S.A. (a joint venture between Nestlé and Coca-Cola) since 1997 and as Co-Chairman of the Board of Dairy Partners Americas (a joint venture between Nestlé and Fonterra Cooperative Group) since 2001. He has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Cereals Partners Worldwide S.A. (a joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills) since 1996. Furthermore, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Vitro, S.A. de C.V. since 1998.
Bérard and Represas are joining re-elected board members Laurent Beaudoin, Jalynn H. Bennett, J.R. André Bombardier, Janine Bombardier, L. Denis Desautels, Jean-Louis Fontaine, Daniel Johnson, Michael H. McCain, Jean C. Monty, James E. Perrella, Federico Sada G. and Paul M. Tellier.
During the meeting, Laurent Beaudoin also expressed his thanks to departing director André Desmarais, who has been on Bombardier's Board for nearly 20 years, during which Bombardier went through periods of growth and diversification. "André made an exceptional contribution to the success of the Corporation. His energy and his enlightened advice made him an invaluable ally. I am sincerely grateful for his support to Bombardier during all these years," declared Beaudoin.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto, Brussels and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD, BOM and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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