Boucherville, June 14, 2019 - Louis St-Laurent, President and CEO of The Master Group Inc., is pleased to announce an upcoming change in the company’s leadership. Neil Stuart McDougall will be stepping in as President effective July 1st, 2019. St-Laurent will retain his prominent position as CEO. The two, along with the existing management team, will ensure the company’s continued growth.
As Vice-President at Johnson Controls, McDougall has deep expertise in the HVAC/R industry. Before joining JCI in 2016, Neil was a senior executive at Caterpillar for more than 25 years. As President, he will have numerous mandates to fulfill, including expanding The Master Group’s presence outside Canada. In turn, St-Laurent will act as an ambassador and will be present and closer to employees, customers and suppliers.
“Given Master’s significant growth over the last few years and its continued expansion, especially in Ontario, Western Canada, and into U.S. markets, it became crucial that the company be helmed by an experienced, world-class leader with masterful sales knowledge,” says Louis St-Laurent. “Neil,” he adds, “meets all the criteria for a high-level executive with his impressive experience in leadership roles for international companies such as Caterpillar and Johnson Controls. In addition to these skills, it was also crucial to find someone who’s human and business values are closely aligned with Master’s. Neil proved himself to be the perfect candidate in this respect. His arrival is fantastic news for Master and he will play a decisive role in the company’s longevity and its successful growth into new markets.”
“I am truly honoured,” says Neil McDougall, “to join The Master Group and to take on the role of President. I look forward to partnering with Louis, such an accomplished and respected businessman, during this transition. Under Louis’ guidance The Master Group has created significant and consistent growth momentum year after year and I am looking forward to working with the entire leadership team and also all of our employees whose professional skills and commitment continue to significantly influence the Canadian HVAC/R industry as a whole. I am incredibly excited to join such an outstanding company, one who’s reputation, history of industry leadership and culture of total customer service provide such a strong foundation for the future. It will be a great honour to be part of the Group’s future developments.”
As he lives in Texas, McDougall will work from Dallas at first, and will travel extensively throughout Canada, focusing on Ontario, Western Canada, in addition to U.S. markets targeted in our growth projects.
About Neil Stuart McDougall
Neil is originally from the UK, and was most recently Vice President Channel Sales and Marketing for Johnson Controls. Prior to JCI, Neil spent 27 years with Caterpillar Inc. He holds a business administration degree from the University of Leicester in addition to a diploma in Engineering.
About The Master Group
A leader in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration sector for over 65 years, The Master Group has been named one of Canada’s best-managed companies since 2010, and is the largest independent HVAC/R distributor in Canada. The company employs close to 875 dynamic and devoted individuals who serve the industry in more than 38 branches and 6 distribution centres from coast to coast. To learn more, go to www.master.ca or follow us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/ themastergroup.
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