Héma-Québec announces the departure of Jean De Serres as the President and Chief Executive Officer

Montréal, September 30, 2014 – Héma-Québec announces Dr. Jean De Serres has left as of September 29 as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. De Serres had held that position since April 1, 2011.

Dr. De Serres is leaving the organization after giving the supplier of human biological products new momentum. Héma-Québec’s mandate was broadened with the creation of the first mother’s milk bank in Québec in April 2014. He also oversaw the development and deployment of a major plasma supply strategy, with the creation of the PLASMAVIE banner in November 2013, enabling Héma-Québec to increase its rate of plasma sufficiency and, as result, reduce its foreign supply for this product. The foundations were erected to position Héma-Québec as a manufacturer of cell and tissue products. Dr. De Serres also left his mark on the organizational culture, promoting greater efficiency and renewed human resource management.

Me Smaranda Ghibu, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs will serve as the interim President; Marco Décelles, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer will serve as the CEO. The Board will act quickly to recruit a successor for Dr. De Serres.

Héma-Québec will continue its activities as usual, in order to provide safe blood products, human tissues, cord blood and mother's milk of optimal quality and in sufficient quantities to hospitals.

About Héma-Québec

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

Héma-Québec encompasses close to 1300 employees, over 300,000 donor visits to blood drives, 16,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 blood products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to meet the needs of patients.

Give blood. Give life. 

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