François Olivier became President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcontinental on February 20, 2008, after demonstrating leadership and vision as Chief Operating Officer of the different sectors. This prior position in his career with the Corporation enabled him to grasp the potential of the Printing and Media sectors and to put in place a powerfully adaptable infrastructure and high-calibre teams to implement the organization's development projects.
A determined businessman, François Olivier is the acknowledged architect of TC Transcontinental's breakthrough into newspaper and flyer printing, first in Canada and then in North America. Supported by seasoned managers and a solid long-term business plan, he led the Corporation to adopt advanced print technologies involving a total investment of more than $700 million, in the period from 2007 to 2010. This strategic decision ensured that TC Transcontinental Printing now operates a highly efficient and flexible platform which includes the recently acquired facilities of Quad/Graphics Canada, Inc.
Similarly, in an extremely competitive media industry, François Olivier astutely positioned TC Media ahead of the trends so that it could apply its expertise to meeting the needs of consumers attuned to targeted content and multiple platforms. The in-depth knowledge of the industry demonstrated by Mr. Olivier and his team of experienced managers enabled the Corporation to seize opportunities for growth, including the acquisition of Sun Media's 74 community newspapers in Quebec, announced in December 2013.
François Olivier is part of the new generation of managers focused on innovation, teamwork and customer satisfaction. It is his belief that corporate culture and values are key to TC Transcontinental's expansion and solid financial base.
Mr. Olivier joined TC Transcontinental in 1993 and has been a member of its Executive Management Committee since 2005. He has a B.Sc. from McGill University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. As well, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Heart Institute and collaborates with Portage, a non-profit organization that helps people struggling with problems related to drug abuse. Furthermore, in Spring 2014, he joins some 20 business leaders and 12 soldiers who were wounded in Afghanistan on a 100-kilometre cross-country skiing expedition to the magnetic North Pole, sponsored by the organization True Patriot Love.