Veilleux steps down

After completing four years of his five-year term as cbc president and chief executive officer, Gerard Veilleux will step down Nov. 1.Veilleux, in a letter to Prime Minister Kim Campbell, said he wished to thank those elected and appointed officials who...

After completing four years of his five-year term as cbc president and chief executive officer, Gerard Veilleux will step down Nov. 1.

Veilleux, in a letter to Prime Minister Kim Campbell, said he wished to thank those elected and appointed officials who have given him a challenging and satisfying 30 years in public service.

Born in 1942 in East Broughton, Que., Veilleux grew up in Asbestos, Que. and took degrees at Laval University in Quebec City and Carleton University in Ottawa.

He began his government career with Manitoba’s Department of Finance in 1963.

In 1986, Veilleux was appointed Secretary of the Treasury Board, a position he held until he moved to the cbc in 1989.

CBC Chairman Patrick Watson said Veilleux ‘seized decisively’ the opportunities and challenges presented by new technology, new politics and the changing face of broadcasting.

Watson said the cbc’s board of directors regretted Veilleux’s decision to leave the corporation so soon. DC