MONTREAL -- Resolute Forest Products Inc. announced that Hugues Simon is rejoining the company as president of its wood products division effective March 1.

Simon, most recently president of BarretteWood Inc., previously worked for Resolute and its predecessor companies for seven years in corporate and division-based functions. He will report to Remi Lalonde, who is being promoted from CFO to president and CEO of Resolute.

Simon, a graduate of Sherbrooke University, is a certified public accountant.

"I am pleased to welcome Hugues back to Resolute," Lalonde said. "He is a strong, dynamic leader with depth of wood products experience and a record of delivering superior results. Resolute's wood products business, already the largest east of the Canadian Rockies, will continue to be a focus of growth, and Hugues possesses the right skill-set and drive to propel the business forward."

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