Sonepar Canada’s CFO Retires

It is with great appreciation and personal acknowledgement that I announce the retirement of Charles Smith, VP Finance and CFO for Sonepar Canada, effective June 16, 2017.  Charles’ contributions and impact were immense, and he will be greatly missed by our Executive team and his Finance team.

Sonepar Canada's CFO Charles Smith (left) will retire and be succeeded by Karin Lejay (right)

Sonepar Canada’s CFO Charles Smith, (left) will retire and be succeeded by Karin Lejay (right).

Charles joined Sonepar Canada on March 31, 2008 and spent his career working with two Sonepar Canada Presidents to assist Sonepar Canada in its exceptional growth and performance over the years. Charles has been instrumental in working through cash-flow management, acquisitions, internal control, operating cost control, profitable growth and the development of the Sonepar Canada Finance team.  His calm, clever and respected leadership will truly be missed.

We are pleased to announce that Karin Lejay will be joining Sonepar Canada, effective May 29, 2017 as VP Finance and CFO.  Karin is currently the VP Group Consolidation and Reporting, reporting currently to Francois Poncet, CFO, and has been with the Sonepar organization since September 2000.

We thank Charles for his dedicated service with Sonepar Canada. We send our best wishes to Charles for a healthy, active and prosperous retirement.

Francois Anquetil,
President and Managing Director,
Sonepar Canada Inc.

Sonepar Canada
A member of the Sonepar Group, Sonepar Canada is the country’s largest privately-held electrical products’ distributor and a supplier of safety, facilities maintenance and MRO products and services. We employ over 1900 Canadians operating out of 105 facilities across the country.

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