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    Top Couche-Tard Exec Resigns

    Senior vice president of eastern North America will pursue other activities.

    LAVAL, Quebec -- Alimentation Couche-Tard's senior vice president of eastern North America, Stephane Gonthier, announced this week he will be leaving the company to pursue other activities, CSNews Online has learned.

    As reported first by CSNews Online on Friday, Gonthier, who was appointed to the position in December 2004, will be leaving his post on June 21. No successor has been named, Marten Coutu, assistant to chief operating officer Real Plourde, told CSNews Online. Gonthier will pursue other activities, which have not been disclosed, Coutu said, noting that he will not be retiring.

    Under his post at Couche-Tard, Gonthier is responsible for the following business units: central Canada, eastern Canada, U.S. Southeast and the Florida/Gulf region. During his time with the company, Gonthier created a data center to track regional changes in fuel prices, according to a Globe and Mail report. In addition, he also supervised a promotional campaign for launch of Couche-Tard's Sloche frozen beverage.

    He added his current role to his previous position as vice president of operations for the company's central Canada division, which he held from April 2004 to December 2005. Before that, he served as vice president of operations for eastern Canada and secretary.

    Gonthier joined the company in 1998 as the vice president of legal affairs, petroleum operations and secretary. Before joining Couche-Tard, he practiced law. Gonthier holds a law degree from the University of Montreal and an MBA from the University of Sherbrookee, and is also a member of the Quebec Bar Association, according to the company's Web site.

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