Since it was founded in 1996, Ms. Hélène Desmarais has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive of Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montreal, in Canada. She holds directorships in a number of companies and organizations in both the public and private sectors and has led initiatives in the areas of economics, education and healthcare.
Desmarais has been Independent Director of Christian Dior SA since April 5, 2012 and is also President of the Company’s Nominating and Compensation Committee. Desmarais is Director of Garda World Security Corporation, since 2006. She is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and is also a Member of the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committee.
Desmarais is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Economic Forum of the Americas and is also President of the Company’s Steering Committee, since 1995. She also serves as Chairwoman of the Board and Founder of Société de développement économique Ville-Marie (SDEVM), since 1998. She is Chairwoman of the Board of HEC Montreal, since 2003.
She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from HEC Montreal.