TVA CEO retires, company shuffles management

Julie Tremblay will step down immediately, with France Lauzière taking the top spot at the Quebec media company.

Julie Tremblay has announced her retirement as president and CEO of Quebec media company TVA Group.

Tremblay (pictured), who has with the organization for more than 25 years (and CEO for three years), is also resigning from the TVA Group board of directors and as president and CEO of Quebecor Media Group (TVA is a Quebecor subsidiary).

She is being immediately replaced with France Lauzière as president and CEO of TVA Group and chief content officer of Quebecor Content. Lauzière has been with the company since 2001, mainly working in the programming sector. Her duties as head of Quebecor Content, which she created in 2013, will remain the top of her new responsibilities.

To support Lauzière, Martin Picard has been appointed as SVP and COO of TVA Group. Picard has been with the company since 2002 and has served as senior manager of administration and financing for Quebecor Content until this point.

Tremblay steered TVA and Quebecor through several rocky years, with many of its recent quarterly results posting losses or drops in revenue. It also shed several of its print titles including Décormag and Le lundi.

However, TVA has also seen some successes. Its most recent quarterly report in August saw an improvement in profitability, thanks largely to Canadian teams’ presence in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs offering a TV ratings bump. It also saw a lift in ratings during last year’s fall TV lineup.

TVA’s biggest properties include its flagship TVA television channel, as well as TVA Sports, and magazines such as Canadian Living, Elle Canada, and Hockey News Magazine.