Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, has announced the retirement of Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President of French Services. Mr. Lalande will step down in December 2016, after five years as head of French Services.
“As Executive Vice-President of French Services, Louis has led a number of major initiatives to modernize the public broadcaster,” said Hubert T. Lacroix. “Despite a difficult financial situation, he stayed focused on making our digital shift a success, continually striving to accompany our audiences’ evolving media habits. What most comes to mind for me is his courage in tackling multiple transformation projects in a highly complex environment, as well as his contagious optimism about the public broadcaster’s future.”
Louis Lalande will stay at the helm of French Services until the end of December. That means there will be no interim replacement, allowing us to continue full steam ahead on the various initiatives currently underway at Radio-Canada. A recruitment process to find Mr. Lalande’s successor will be launched immediately so that a new incumbent is in place by the end of 2016.
The last word is left to Louis Lalande: "Throughout my career, I’ve witnessed numerous occasions where Canadians have expressed how much their public broadcaster means to them. After more than 30 years with Radio-Canada, including five as head of French Services, I’m proud to have helped position the public broadcaster as a leader in the French-speaking market for generations to come.”