21 March 2022
5N Plus appoints president & CEO
Specialty semiconductor and performance materials producer 5N Plus Inc of Montreal, Québec, Canada says that its board of directors has appointed Gervais Jacques as president & CEO. Jacques has been interim president & CEO since 1 December 2021. He remains a member of the board.
5N Plus provides purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, and also produces related II-VI semiconducting compounds such as cadmium telluride (CdTe), cadmium sulphide (CdS) and indium antimonide (InSb) as precursors for the growth of crystals for solar, LED and eco-friendly materials applications. Sectors addressed include renewable energy, security, space, pharmaceutical, medical imaging, and industrial and additive manufacturing.
“Since his interim appointment late last year, Gervais has demonstrated his strong leadership skills, his passion for 5N Plus, and a clear vision for the future,” comments Luc Bertrand, chair of the board. “A seasoned business executive and strategic thinker with over 30 years of industry experience [in the metals industry], the board is confident that he is the ideal candidate,” he adds.
“The last few months in this role have enabled me to gain additional insight and perspective into the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead,” says Jacques. “I am eager to continue working with the strong team in place to execute our near-term priorities, including the integration of AZUR Space, and to drive future growth, while managing a complex global market and business environment.”
Jacques is the former managing director and chief commercial officer of Rio Tinto Aluminum, where he led more than 6000 employees in five countries. He has previously served as chairman of the International Aluminum Institute (the only Canadian ever appointed to this position) and as chairman of the Canadian Aluminum Association. Jacques has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Université Laval and completed a leadership and strategy program at the London Business School (England) in 2012.