Corner Office Shifts: New Scotiabank CEO to begin early 2023

Plus, a media marketing heavy hitter takes over at Paramount+.
At Scotiabank, president and CEO Brian Porter passes the torch to Scott Thomson.

At Scotiabank, president and CEO Brian Porter passes the torch to Scott Thomson.

Scotiabank board member takes over as CEO

Scotiabank has announced the appointment of a new CEO, coming into effect February 1, 2023. Staying on until the end of January, current president and CEO Brian Porter will be retiring after nearly 10 years with the company.

Scotiabank’s board of directors has enlisted Scott Thomson to take over the role of CEO, a position he’ll transition into after acting as president and CEO of Finning International Inc.

Thomson has been a member of the Scotiabank board since 2016. Starting a portion of his responsibilities as president beginning December 1, 2022, Thomson will oversee Scotiabank’s Canadian banking, global banking and markets, global wealth management and international banking lines, with Porter set to aid with advisement until spring 2023.

Cirque du Soleil creates chief growth officer role

Cirque du Soleil has hired Nickole Tara as its chief growth officer, a newly created position for the company. Tara brings over 20 years of leadership experience in business development and in business and operating units, and has previously held titles with AEG Worldwide where she led the global portfolio division and oversaw business development for its collection of global properties. She also built the national partnerships team for Topgolf and oversaw business development at IMG Golf.

In her role at Cirque du Soleil, Tara will focus on leading future growth initiatives, developing the company’s brand monetization strategy and be responsible for sponsorships, licensing and merchandising.

Paramount+ has a new VP marketing and growth

Matthew Cowling is now VP marketing and growth for Paramount+. He’ll be responsible for leading marketing teams, driving marketing and communications strategies, managing third-party agencies and support business development function.

Cowling has had an extensive career in media marketing, previously holding titles at CBC, Bell Media, and most recently, Amazon Prime Video.

Unilever CEO retiring; no successor yet

After five years in his role, Unilever’s CEO Alan Jope is set to retire at the end of 2023. According to Unilever chairman Nils Andersen, under Jope’s leadership the company has made “critical changes to its strategy, structure and organization that position it strongly for success.”

While his position hasn’t been filled yet, the board is searching for a successor both internally and externally.

Suzanna Dalrymple taking over as Gay Lea Foods president and chief exec

Gay Lea Foods president and chief executive Michael Barrett has announced his retirement, effective early 2023. Barrett has been with the company for 22 years, and in his current position since 2014.

Replacing him will be former Mars exec Suzanna Dalrymple, who will assume the role beginning February 1, 2023. Dalrymple spent nearly two decades at Procter & Gamble, and most recently has led the Canada Pet Nutrition unit at Mars.

Sebla Guvener to oversee ConAgra supply chain

ConAgra Brands has appointed Sebla Guvener as Canada’s head of supply chain, where she’ll oversee development and execution of the company’s supply chain strategy, as well as supply and operations planning, transportation and warehouse and customer supply chain teams.

Guvener has 15 years of CPG experience and a strong background in all supply chain aspects. Previously, she led the supply chain for nutrition at Nestle Canada, and climbed the ranks in various positions at Procter & Gamble in regards to supply planning, business strategy and customer team logistics.