Bombardier hires new general counsel

Dec 07, 2020
Annie Torkia Lagacé was previously executive vice president at Stornoway Diamonds

Montréal-based Bombardier has hired Annie Torkia Lagacé as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective December 3.

In her new role, Torkia Lagacé reports to Bombardier president and CEO Éric Martel. She succeeds Steeve Robitaille, who will remain with the company in the role of senior vice president for strategic projects until the completion of the sale of Bombardier Transportation to Alstom and to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities to Torkia Lagacé.

Bombardier and Alstom said on December 1 that they had received all necessary regulatory approvals required to complete the sale of Bombardier Transportation and expect the transaction to close on January 29, 2021.

Torkia Lagacé was previously an executive vice president at Stornoway Diamonds, where she led functions such as legal, corporate development, finance and asset protection. Before joining Stornoway Diamonds, she was senior legal counsel for the eastern Canadian iron ore division of Cliffs Natural Resources.

She earlier spent more than 12 years in the business law groups of Stikeman Elliott and Blake Cassels and Graydon, including four years at Blake’s Beijing office.

‘Annie will be a tremendous addition to the Bombardier executive team. Her vast experience, energy and judgment will serve us well as we complete our strategic repositioning and focus on achieving the full potential of our industry-leading business aviation franchise,’ Martel says in a statement. 

‘As we welcome Annie to our company, I also want to thank and recognize Steeve for his many contributions to Bombardier, including the critical role he played in our strategic repositioning. Steeve spearheaded the successful negotiations leading to the sale of Bombardier Transportation to Alstom, the aerostructures business sale to Spirit AeroSystems and the regional aircraft business sale to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries... With the strategic repositioning close to completion, Steeve has chosen to purse new challenges outside the company and we wish him the very best in all his future endeavors.’    

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