François Olivier has been President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental since 2008. After joining the Printing sector of TC Transcontinental in 1993, he rose through the ranks, going from General Manager of one to several printing plants, to Senior Vice President of the Newspaper Group. He later took on the role of President of the Information Products Printing sector, and was then named Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation in 2007.
Since becoming President of the Corporation, François Olivier has shown determination in directing the activities of TC Transcontinental Printing towards key growth areas and disposing of non-strategic activities representing $400 million in revenue. He has invested $800 million to provide the sector with a state-of-the-art printing platform, then consolidated the Canadian market with strategic acquisitions such as Quad/Graphics Canada. Since then, he has pursued the continuous optimization of the printing platform in order to remain Canada’s largest printer. A few years ago, he launched the deployment of the Corporation’s business transformation strategy. He diversified assets into flexible packaging and increased the number of acquisitions in order to build a North American network. In only three years, the Packaging division is generating $300 million in annualized revenues. Faced with an industry that is constantly evolving, he also made significant changes to TC Media’s portfolio: he divested consumer magazines, launched the sale of the local media properties and refocused the offering around specialty media and educational publishing.
Prior to joining TC Transcontinental, François Olivier worked as General Manager of Canada Packers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and is a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He also serves on the boards of CAE, The Conference Board of Canada, the Flexible Packaging Association and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, in addition to actively supporting Portage, a non-profit organization. In 2014, he successfully completed a cross-country skiing expedition to the magnetic North Pole with humanitarian organization True Patriot Love.