The Lion Electric Company (NYSE: LEV) (TSX: LEV) ("Lion" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, today announced that it has named Francois Beaulieu as Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective today, June 7, 2021. In his new role, Mr. Beaulieu will guide Lion's evolving digital initiatives and will be tasked with optimizing the company's investments in the information technologies that underpin its organizational processes.
"I am happy to welcome Francois to Lion at a very exciting phase in the growth of our company," said Marc Bedard, CEO and Founder of Lion Electric. "As Lion continues to expand in all directions – including everything from our product portfolio to vehicle and battery manufacturing, not to mention our employee base – having a unified approach for our information systems under the guidance of an experienced leader like Francois is key."
Mr. Beaulieu brings with him over three decades of experience leading information system design in a variety of industries in both Canada and Europe, including banking, insurance and telecommunications, where he served as CIO at Cogeco, one of Canada's top providers in the segment. Since 2011, Mr. Beaulieu has worked in a variety of consulting capacities, managing major digital infrastructure transitions and optimizing back-office platforms for clients such as National Bank, WSP and Air Canada, among others. Most recently he served as a strategic technology advisor for Efico's CIO on Demand service, which helps organizations of various sizes achieve their digital transformation goals by providing I.T. expertise.
About Lion Electric
Lion Electric is an innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. The company creates, designs and manufactures all-electric class 5 to class 8 commercial urban trucks and all-electric buses and minibuses for the school, paratransit and mass transit segments. Lion is a North American leader in electric transportation and designs, builds and assembles many of its vehicles' components, including chassis, battery packs, truck cabins and bus bodies.
Always actively seeking new and reliable technologies, Lion vehicles have unique features that are specifically adapted to its users and their everyday needs. Lion believes that transitioning to all-electric vehicles will lead to major improvements in our society, environment and overall quality of life. Lion shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LEV.
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