Cascades Inc., a leader in sustainable recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, announced the candidacy of Alex N. Blanco as a director of the company. Chosen by the Board of Directors from among several candidates identified over the past few months, his candidacy will be submitted to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 12.
Alex N. Blanco is an entrepreneurial senior executive and board member with close to 40 years of international experience across multiple industries, countries and companies. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and worked for companies like Procter & Gamble and Ecolab. Blanco has been Director of Patterson Companies, Inc. since April 2017 and also served on the board of directors of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities from June 2015 to May 2020.
“We are delighted with the prospect of being able to count on the experience and expertise of Alex”, said Alain Lemaire, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Alex is a strategic business leader with valuable senior management experience that will be of benefit to Cascades, including in supply chain and operations as well as US market experience in which 60% of our sales are generated.”
According to the company, the nomination of Alex Blanco comes after an extensive, competitive process conducted by a leading international executive search firm and was guided by a comprehensive skills matrix. In line with the Board’s responsibility to provide effective oversight on the Company’s long-term strategic plan, a particular emphasis was placed on cross-border experience and geographic representation. This appointment is also part of the Board of Directors’ succession planning program. The appointment of Alex Blanco prepares for the departure of a director who will retire in 2023 after 11 years of service, Elise Pelletier.