Dorel names juvenile segment president
Montreal, Quebec - 6/11/2009
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B DII.A) today announced the promotion of Hani Basile to President of Dorel’s Juvenile Segment. Mr. Basile assumed leadership of the segment on an interim basis in January this year. The appointment is effective immediately.
Hani has been involved with Dorel’s juvenile businesses since he joined the Company in 2003. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Dorel Distribution Canada, was instrumental in establishing Dorel Australia and Dorel Brazil and has been COO of Dorel Juvenile Group worldwide since May 2008.
Dorel President and CEO, Martin Schwartz said the appointment is an obvious one. “Hani has been an important member of the Dorel management team for several years. He has consistently demonstrated an ability to deal efficiently with a variety of executive assignments and his responsibilities with the Company have increased accordingly. As President of the Juvenile segment, Hani will guide the strategy as the business continues to grow and will oversee all aspects of its operations. He is clearly up to the challenge and has built an excellent rapport with our solid juvenile teams around the world.”
The Dorel Juvenile Group is the world’s largest juvenile products company in its categories. 2008 sales exceeded US$1.1 billion.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle company. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company’s lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of trend-setting products. Dorel’s powerfully branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bébé Confort in Juvenile, as well as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose and SUGOI in Recreational/Leisure. Dorel’s Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of furniture products, both domestically produced and imported. Dorel is a US$2.2 billion company with 4700 employees, facilities in eighteen countries, and sales worldwide.
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