MONTREAL, Dec. 19, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – Birks Group Inc. (the “Company” or “Birks Group”) (NYSE: BGI) announces that Pasquale (Pat) Di Lillo, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the Company on January 17, 2020 to pursue personal interests. Pat has been an integral part of Birks Group’s senior management team for the past five years and has led the finance function and many successful initiatives that have contributed to the Company’s development.
Birks Group is also pleased to announce that Ms. Katia Fontana will be joining the Company as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, on January 13, 2020. Mr. Di Lillo will remain with the Company until January 17, 2020 to ensure a proper transition.
Ms. Fontana is a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA and has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, 14 years of which were spent in the retail industry. She was recently Chief Financial Officer at Avenir Global, a holding company for communications and public relations firms. Prior thereto, she was with Groupe Dynamite Inc., an apparel retailer, from 2004 to 2018 in various positions, including Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Finance and Administration and Director, Finance and prior thereto she was at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the Big 4 public accounting firms, from 1993 to 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Québec at Montreal and a Chartered Professional Accountant Designation from l’Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.
Niccolò Rossi di Montelera, Executive Chairman of the Board, commented: “Pat has been our CFO since 2015. He has been a valued member of our senior management team and has made significant contributions to the business. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication and wish him every success in the future.” Mr. Rossi di Montelera continued: “We are very pleased to welcome Katia Fontana to the Company as our new CFO and wish her success in her new role.”