RONA Inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributor of hardware, home renovation and gardening products,has appointed Stephane Milot as senior director, investor relations.
Milot holds a master’s degree in finance and a B. Admin. from Universite Laval and has 12 years of in-depth experience, including nine as director of investor relations for major public corporations. Over the years he has developed and implemented investor relations strategies targeting markets in Canada and the US for transactions such as share issues, private and public debt placements and mergers and acquisitions.
Until recently Mr. Milot was the director of investor relations and external communications for a major printing and publishing firm. During this mandate, he was named Best Investor Relations Officer in the “Small Cap” category at the annual 2005 IR Magazine Awards. Mr. Milot began his career as a financial analyst.
“We are thrilled to have Stephane Milot joining us, with his extensive experience at major corporations and his knowledge of the workings of the financial world,” said Claude Guevin, RONA executive vice-president and CFO. “His presence on our team will definitely be an asset for the company in our pursuit of growth.”
RONA operates a network of more than 620 franchise, affiliate and corporate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 25,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 14 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates $5.7 billion in annual retail sales.