PRESS RELEASE — MONTREAL — The President and CEO of Solotech, Martin Tremblay, is pleased to announce the appointment of Claudine Ricard as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), effective August 6, 2019.
Joining Solotech’s executive team as well as the Board HR Committee, Ms. Ricard will lead the company’s people and culture strategy while being a key contributor to the rapid and international expansion of the business. She will be responsible for all aspects of human resources functions globally, including talent management, leadership, and organizational development, learning, compensation, and benefits. Ms. Ricard will continue building a culture that focuses on attracting, retaining and developing the best talent, as Solotech solidifies its position as a worldwide leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology and an employer of choice.
Ms. Ricard joins Solotech with 25 years of experience in various human resources roles in large publicly traded organizations. In her most recent role, she was Vice-President Culture and Talent at TC Transcontinental, where she headed the global talent function and implemented the talent and diversity strategy with a focus on leadership succession. Prior to TC Transcontinental, she worked 19 years for CGI in various HR leadership positions including as Vice-President Culture and Experience, Vice-President Organizational Development and Leadership Institute and Vice-President HR Integration Center of Expertise, where she led all HR aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ricard also worked at Honeywell Aerospace, where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources. In each of these organizations, she helped drive company-wide transformation programs, developed strong leadership teams and reinforced corporate values, while continuously supporting growth.
Ms. Ricard is an active mentor in the wider HR community and devotes a good deal of her time outside of work as a coach to other HR professionals. She is also a certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), a member of the Cercle des Leaders RH and a Board member of Intégration Jeunesse du Québec. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Université de Montréal, School of Industrial Relations, and various certifications in leadership assessment such as PI Leadership Predictive Index and AtmanPro.
“Ms. Ricard will be a great addition to our leadership team. With her strategic vision, her broad HR and M&A background, her international experience, along with her passion for talent, she will undoubtedly play a key role in supporting Solotech’s accelerated growth and evolving business on a global scale. I look forward to working with her”, said Mr. Tremblay.
The entire Solotech team welcomes her and wishes her great success in her new role.
Founded over 40 years ago, Solotech is a world leader in audiovisual and entertainment technology with 13 strategic locations in Canada, the United States and Europe. Thanks to an inventory encompassing over 300 renowned manufacturers, Solotech is the single source for audio, video, lighting, rigging, soft goods, control, and collaboration solutions & services. The company is internationally recognized for its expertise in Live Productions and Systems Integration in various markets, namely music, sports, business, culture, and education. Solotech employs 1,200 professionals in its offices located in Montreal, Quebec City, Saguenay, Ottawa, Toronto, Las Vegas, Nashville, DeKalb, Los Angeles, Heywood, London, and Redditch. Find out more at www.solotech.com