Laval, Québec, May 6, 2019 – Savaria Corporation (“Savaria” or the “Corporation”) (TSX: SIS) announces that, after 17 years of collaboration and loyal services, Mr. Jean-Marie Bourassa is stepping down as Chief Financial Officer effective May 22, 2019 after Savaria’s annual shareholders’ meeting and he will remain as member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Savaria is pleased to announce the nomination of Mr. Mauro Ferrara as Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation effective accordingly.
“Mr. Ferrara will bring to the Executive team of Savaria his extensive experience acquired during the last 20 years during which he was part of large organizations having a global footprint “, stated Marcel Bourassa, President and CEO of Savaria. “On behalf of the Corporation and on my own, I would like to thank Jean-Marie for all his continued support and loyal services as Chief Financial Officer during all these years”, concluded Mr. Marcel Bourassa.
Savaria Corporation is one of the global leaders in the accessibility industry. It provides accessibility solutions for the physically challenged to increase their comfort, their mobility and their independence. Its product line is one of the most comprehensive on the market. Savaria designs, manufactures, distributes and installs accessibility equipment, such as stairlifts for straight and curved stairs, vertical and inclined wheelchair lifts, elevators for home and commercial use, as well as ceiling lifts. It also manufactures and markets a comprehensive selection of pressure management products for the medical market, medical beds for the long-term care market, mattress overlays and foam pillows for the retail market and certain products for the industrial market. In addition, Savaria converts and adapts vehicles to be wheelchair accessible. Savaria records approximately 75% of its revenue outside of Canada, primarily in the United States. It operates a sales network of some 500 dealers worldwide and 28 direct sales offices in North America, Europe (Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland), Australia and China. Savaria employs approximately 1,400 people globally and its plants are located in Canada: Laval and Magog (Québec), Brampton, Beamsville and Toronto (Ontario) and Surrey (British Columbia), in the United States at Greenville (South Carolina), in Huizhou (China) and in Milan (Italy).
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