Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

Jan 09, 2008, 00:00 ET from POWER CORPORATION OF CANADA

    MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Power Corporation of Canada
 announces that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mr.
 Philip K. Ryan as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.
     Mr. Ryan has been employed for 22 years with Credit Suisse Group in
 financial management roles and in investment banking to financial
 institutions, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse
     Mr. Michel Plessis-Belair will retire as Chief Financial Officer,
 having passed the Corporation's normal age of retirement. He will continue
 to serve the Power group as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of
 Power Corporation of Canada. He will also continue as a Director of Power
 Financial Corporation and certain affiliated companies.
     Mr. Plessis-Belair joined Power Corporation in 1986 as Vice-President,
 Finance and Administration. He was named Senior Vice-President, Finance and
 Administration in 1986, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial
 Officer in 1991, and Vice-Chairman and Chief Financial Officer in 1996.
     Mr. Ryan will also join Power Financial Corporation as Executive
 Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.
     These executive changes are expected to take effect prior to January
 31, 2008.
     Power Corporation is a diversified international management and holding
 company with interests in the financial services industry in North America
 and Europe. Through affiliates, Power Corporation holds diversified
 industrial interests in Europe and China.
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