Pierre Karl Péladeau
Pierre Karl Péladeau (born on October 16, 1961) is President and CEO of Quebecor Inc., Quebecor Media Inc. and Sun Media Corporation. He was educated in Montreal and Paris. He holds a degree in philosophy from Université du Québec à Montréal and a law degree from Université de Montréal.
Péladeau is the son of the Quebecor founder Pierre Péladeau. He joined his father’s management team at an early age. He first started in acquisition and business development participating in the acquisition of BCE Publitech which made Quebecor the largest printer in Canada. He played a leading role in the acquisition of Maxwell Graphics which gave the Company a significant presence in the U.S. market. He also was involved in the acquisition of Donohue Inc., one of North America's most efficient pulp and paper companies.
Péladeau was appointed President of Quebecor Communications Inc. in 1991. This division included the Company's main publishing assets and some distribution and retail operations.
In 1994, Péladeau relocated to Paris to help the company further its growth. As President of Quebecor Printing Europe he developed the new European subsidiary through a series of acquisitions in France, the United Kingdom and Spain, building it into Europe's largest printer. In 1997, after the sudden death of his father, he returned to the Montreal head office to assume the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Quebecor Printing Inc. with overall responsibility for the Company's worldwide operations. In 1999, he carried out the acquisition of World Color Press by Quebecor Printing Inc. The acquisition created Quebecor World Inc., one of the world's largest printers. Quebecor World has operations in 17 countries on three continents and employs approximately 35,000 employees.
In 1998, Péladeau spearheaded the acquisition of Sun Media Corporation, making Quebecor the second largest newspaper chain in Canada. In 1999, the Board of Directors of Quebecor Inc. named him President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In 2000, he was responsible for the acquisition of Groupe Vidéotron, the largest cable TV operator in Quebec, and TVA, the largest French-language broadcaster in the country. Shortly afterwards all of the Company's media properties were brought under one roof with the creation of Quebecor Media. Quebecor Media is one of the largest media operations in Canada. It is engaged in newspaper publishing (Sun Media Corporation), cable television, internet access provider and local telephony (Vidéotron ltée), broadcasting (TVA Group Inc.), Web technology and integration (Nurun Inc.), Internet portals (Canoe Inc.), book and magazine publishing (Publicor and TVA Publications Inc.), retailing of books and entertainment products (Archambault Group Inc. and Le SuperClub Vidéotron ltée) and business telecommunications (Vidéotron Télécom ltée).
Péladeau sits on the Boards of several Quebecor companies and is active in many charitable and cultural organizations.
In March 2013, Péladeau announced he was stepping down as CEO and will be succeeded by current head of Vidéotron Robert Depatie in May 2013. Péladeau will continue to work for the company in corporate strategy.
On May 15 2013, Péladeau was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Hydro-Québec, the largest hydroelectric producer and distributor in Canada.
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