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South Shore names president

 28 April 2021     HGO Staff 

SAINTE-CROIX, Quebec – Ready-to-assemble specialist South Shore Furniture has named Jean-Stéphane Tremblay as the company’s new president and chief of operations. He has held the position since last October and succeeds long-time president Jean Laflamme, who will now serve as chairman and chief executive officer of the family owned and operated manufacturer.

In a statement, the company said Jean-Stéphane Tremblay holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree in business administration from HEC Montreal. He practiced law for a few years before pursuing a career in finance with the Royal Bank of Canada, and in real estate, with Provigo Distribution, a Quebec grocery chain.

Jean-Stéphane Tremblay (left) has been named president and chief of operations for South Shore Furniture, succeeding Jean Laflamme (right) who becomes chairman and CEO.He also held several management positions over more than 17 years, including seven years as executive vice president at FGL Sports – the largest retailer of sports equipment and clothing in Canada, operating several hundred stores under different banners, including Sports Experts, Atmosphere and Sport Chek. Before this appointment, Tremblay served as South Shore’s vice president of business development.

“His expertise in retail and his management experience will be important assets for the company,” the statement read.

“My priority is to continue our activities, while respecting the existing corporate culture. South Shore Furniture’s success hinges on its core values, which guide our teams every day,” Tremblay said.

In his new role as chairman and CEO, Laflamme will remain actively involved in the corporate decisions made by the company. “He will also devote more time to projects with human values, such as mutual aid and skills development, which have always motivated him and are reflected in the South Shore culture,” the statement said.

In addition to being more involved in the community, primarily by offering mentoring in the business community, Laflamme will continue supporting the South Shore Furniture Foundation, set up for the purpose of giving back to several charities that help families and children in need.

“This long-contemplated position change is an opportunity for me to continue my mission and give back to the community through various actions. I am considering a number of initiatives, which include mentoring in the business community and providing my support to the South Shore Furniture Foundation,” Laflamme added. 

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