CALGARY, Alta. — Cervus Equipment Corporation ("Cervus" or "the Company") Board of Directors announced that Angela Lekatsas will succeed Graham Drake as president and chief executive officer of the Company upon his planned retirement on May 15, 2019. Drake has been president and CEO since 2012.
"After lengthy and diligent succession planning by the board, including a broad executive search process conducted with DHR International, we have selected an inspirational and strategic leader to assume the president and CEO position. In addition to significant leadership experience, Ms. Lekatsas has invaluable knowledge gained during her tenure on the Board of Directors of Cervus since 2013," said Cervus Chair of the Board Peter Lacey.
Lekatsas brings a wealth of experience as a former executive with Nutrien (and predecessor Agrium) for 15 years following a lengthy career as a Chartered Accountant in public practice. With a background in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and distribution, Lekatsas held numerous leadership positions in finance and operations and is a multifaceted leader who spearheaded critical initiatives including delivering operational improvements streamlining process, acquisitions, integration and enterprise risk management. Most recently she was vice president, Merger Integration responsible for capturing $500 million in synergies from the merger of Agrium Inc. and Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan.
"I'm honored to be chosen by the board for the opportunity to lead this organization of exceptional and dedicated people. I am excited to bring my focus on profitable growth, innovation and technology, and operational efficiency to the future strategic vision of Cervus Equipment," said Lekatsas. "I am passionate about fostering a culture focussed on value creation, and I look forward to sharing this with the customers, employees, OEMs and shareholders of Cervus."
Lekatsas holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a CPA, CA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. In addition, she holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D designation from the University of Toronto Rotman Directors Education Program.
Drake will retire from the CEO post on May 15, 2019 and will assist in the transition in the coming weeks. "We want to thank Graham Drake for his innumerable contributions to the success of Cervus. Over the past 19 years, he has worn many hats, including co-founder, director and president and CEO. We wish Graham and his family all the best in his well-deserved retirement and express our admiration to him for being a strong leader and friend for 19 years," said Lacey.