Jean Gattuso, president and chief operating officer of Lassonde Industries, plans to step down on September 30, 2021.
He will continue as acting president and COO of Lassonde, president and CEO of subsidiaries and chairman of the board of directors of Lassonde Pappas, the U.S.subsidiary, until September 30.
Under the leadership of Gattuso, Lassonde conquered new markets, made several acquisitions and developed its manufacturing footprint. When he arrived in 1987, Lassonde operated mainly in Quebec and generated approximately $80 million in sales. Today, the company holds a leading position in Canada and the U.S.
Lassonde employs more than 2,700 people and operates 17 plants in Canada and the U.S. Its sales in the last 12 months as at September 30, 2020, stood at $1,898.0 million, while its adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) for that same period stood at $199.5 million.
Gattuso helped build a solid and talented team of seasoned professionals and rising stars, and played a role in developing the business’s succession plan so that it could pursue its growth.
Gattuso, who holds an MBA, sits on the boards of directors of Investissement Québec, Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada, and Tablée des Chefs. Over the course of his career, he has contributed to the work of the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ), which he co‑founded, Tel-jeunes and Fondation de la Société des soins palliatifs à domicile de Montréal.