People: Lafarge SA (LAFP.PA)
Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr. has served as a Director of Lafarge SA since January 18, 2008. He is a Member of the Company's Strategy, Investment and Sustainable Development Committee. He has been Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Offi cer of Power Corporation of Canada (PCC or Power) since 1996 and Co-Chairman of the Board of Power Financial Corporation (PFC). Prior to joining PCC in 1981, he was at SG Warburg & Co. in London and Standard Brands Incorporated in New York. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of PFC from 1986 to 1989 and Chairman of PFC from 1990 to 2005. He is a Director and member of the Executive Committee of many Power group companies in North America. He is also Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Pargesa Holding S.A., and a Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (Belgium), Total S.A. and GDF-Suez. Mr. Desmarais, Jr. is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, Founder and member of the International Advisory Committee of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal and honorary member for life of the Desautels Faculty Advisory Board and member of the Principal’s International Advisory Board of McGill University. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the INSEAD, and one of the trustees and Vice-President of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution. He is a member of the Economic Consultative Council directed by minister Flaherty, Vice Chairman of the Board and member of the Executive Committee of the CCCE. He is also member of the Global Board of Advisers of the Council on Foreign Relations, member of the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University and Co-President of the national campaign for the preservation of nature in Canada. Mr. Desmarais, Jr. studied at McGill University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He then graduated from INSEAD with an MBA.
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