Power Corporation of Canada - Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

Apr 05, 2012, 13:04 ET from POWER CORPORATION OF CANADA

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MONTREAL, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Power Corporation of Canada (TSX: POW) announced today that Mr. Philip K. Ryan will be stepping down as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation. Mr. Ryan will be pursuing other interests in the United States, including board related work and teaching.

During his four years with the Power group of companies, he has made a significant contribution to Power Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Board of Directors expresses its appreciation to Mr. Ryan and wishes him the very best in his future endeavours.

The Corporation is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mr. Gregory D. Tretiak as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Tretiak has been with IGM Financial Inc. (a subsidiary of the Corporation) for 24 years and is currently the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since 1999. The Board of Directors is of the view that the experience of Mr. Tretiak and his knowledge of the Power group make him ideally suited for his new role with the Corporation.

Mr. Tretiak will also join Power Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of the Corporation, as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.

These changes are expected to take place after the respective Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of the Corporation and Power Financial in May of 2012.

Power Corporation of Canada is a diversified international management and holding company with interests in companies in the financial services, communications and other business sectors in North America, Europe and Asia.

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