People: Great-West Lifeco Inc (GWO.TO)
23 May 2019
Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr., O.C., O.Q., serves as an Independent Director of Great-West Lifeco Inc. Mr. Desmarais is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation and Executive Co-Chairman of Power Financial. He joined Power Corporation in 1981 and assumed the position of Vice-President the following year. He served as Vice-President of Power Financial from 1984 to 1986, as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989, as Executive Vice-Chairman from 1989 to 1990, as Executive Chairman of the board from 1990 to 2005, as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008 and as Executive Co-Chairman from 2008 until today. He also served as Vice-Chairman of Power Corporation from 1991 to 1996. He was named Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation in 1996. From 1982 to 1990, he was a member of the Management Committee of Pargesa Holding SA; in 1991, he became Executive Vice-Chairman and then Executive Chairman of the Committee; in 2003, he was appointed Co-Chief Executive Officer; and, in 2013, was named Chairman of the board. He has been a director of Pargesa Holding SA since 1992. He is a director of many Power group companies in North America, including Power Corporation, Power Financial, Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Great-West Financial, Putnam Investments, IGM Financial Inc., Investors Group Inc. and Mackenzie Inc. In Europe, he is Vice-Chairman of the board of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and a director of LafargeHolcim Ltd. and SGS SA. He was Vice-Chairman of the board and a director of Imerys until 2008 and a director of GDF Suez until 2014 and Total SA until 2017. Mr. Desmarais is past Chairman and a member of The Business Council of Canada. He is also active on a number of philanthropic advisory councils. In 2005, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, in 2009, an Officer of the National Order of Québec and, in 2012, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in France. He has received a number of honorary doctorates.
|Total Annual Compensation, CAD||146,000|
|Restricted Stock Award, CAD||--|
|Long-Term Incentive Plans, CAD||--|
|All Other, CAD||50,000|
|Fiscal Year Total, CAD||196,000|