Desmarais brothers step down as co-CEOs of Power Corp.
Power Corporation's Chairman and Co-CEO Paul Desmarais Jr (left) and Deputy Chairman, President and Co-CEO Andre Desmarais attend a news conference after their company's annual meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
MONTREAL -- Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial on Friday announced a reorganization that will see brothers Paul Desmarais Jr. and Andre Desmarais retire as co-CEOs, positions they have held for 23 years.
The brothers, who are the sons of Power founder Paul Desmarais Sr., will remain with the organization as chairman (Paul Jr.) and deputy chairman (Andre) of Power's board of directors.
R. Jeffrey Orr, the CEO and president of Power Financial, becomes president and CEO of Power Corporation.
Pansolo Holding, which is controlled by a Desmarais family trust, will maintain control of Power Corporation following the restructuring. The holding company plans to buy between five million and six million of the 30 million participating preferred shares of Power Corporation that it is eligible to purchase, which represents about 50.2 per cent of voting shares.
The Montreal-based company says the reorganization will simplify its corporate structure and allow it to focus on financial services, as well as create value for its shareholders.
Minority shareholders of Power Financial will receive 1.05 Power Corp. subordinate voting shares and a nominal cash amount in exchange for each share of Power Financial they own.
Minority shareholders of Power Financial will receive Power Corporation shares with a net asset value $4.50 higher than the net asset value of a Power Financial common share.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 13, 2019.