MONTREAL, (QC), February 8, 2022 – Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSX: XBC) (“Xebec”), a global provider of sustainable gas technologies, announces today that Kurt Sorschak will retire as Chairman, President and CEO effective May 12, 2022, at the company’s 2022 annual meeting of shareholders. Jim Vounassis will concurrently be appointed President and CEO of Xebec. At the same time, Xebec’s current VP Global Operations, Mike Munro, will assume the role of COO.
Mr. Sorschak will remain a member of the Board of Directors to enable a smooth transition and for Xebec to continue benefiting from his experience as the company’s founder and alignment as a meaningful shareholder. This plan will ensure continuity while supporting management in executing the next phase of the company’s strategic growth plan.
Highlighting bench strength of incoming leadership who will drive Xebec’s future
In preparation for this transition to new leadership, Mr. Vounassis and Mr. Munro joined Xebec in May 2021 as senior executives with a credible history in driving organizational performance.
Mr. Vounassis has a proven track record in leading global and complex organizations in meeting their transformational vision and goals. He was most recently COO at Bombardier Transportation (TSX: BBD.B), now part of Alstom, one of the world’s largest rail equipment manufacturing companies. Mr. Vounassis was responsible for the operations aspects of the $8 billion revenue business and empowered over 15,000 employees to deliver innovative rail solutions across global markets. Prior to this, he held executive positions at Pharmascience, Baker Hughes, and Pratt and Whitney.
Mr. Munro is an award-winning senior executive with a record in managing North American based businesses with strong expertise in business development, operations and strategic planning. With a longstanding career at GE in the Energy, Oil & Gas, and Power businesses, as Vice President and General Manager of several business units, Mr. Munro is highly recognized for his seamless approach in driving organizational transformation and establishing solid ground for turnarounds that heighten business performance.
“On behalf of Xebec’s employees, management team, and Board of Directors, I want to sincerely thank Kurt for his 18 years of dedication and service as President and CEO in which he oversaw Xebec become the cleantech success it has become today,” stated Bill Beckett, Lead Director of the Board at Xebec Adsorption Inc. “Under Kurt’s leadership over the last almost two decades, the company has evolved from a small Québec-based manufacturing outfit to a global renewable gas player with thousands of customers, a physical presence across four continents and most importantly, a commercial ready technology portfolio to transition us to a clean energy future.”
“Xebec is launching off a solid foundation for its next leg of growth, and we are excited to see Jim and Mike thrive in their new roles as they both ensure an orderly transition and prepare to leverage their experience as proven executives. The management team looks forward to building off the cleantech vision that Kurt instilled when he founded the company 2004,” he added.
“It has been an honour to serve Xebec as its first President and CEO,” said Kurt Sorschak, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Xebec Adsorption Inc. “I have really enjoyed my time helping the team execute our vision to build a worldwide sustainable gas technology leader that will make an impact in the fight against climate change. I look forward to supporting Xebec’s new leadership from the Board level and would like to thank all our employees, customers and investors in their continued support throughout our journey,” he continued.
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Brandon Chow, Director, Investor Relations
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About Xebec Adsorption Inc.
Xebec is a global provider of sustainable gas solutions used in energy, mobility and industrial applications. The company specializes in deploying a portfolio of proprietary technologies for the distributed production of hydrogen, renewable natural gas, oxygen and nitrogen. By focusing on environmentally responsible gas generation, Xebec has helped thousands of customers around the world reduce their carbon footprints and operating costs. Headquartered in Québec, Canada, Xebec has a worldwide presence with eight manufacturing facilities, thirteen Cleantech Service Centers and five sales offices spanning over four continents. Xebec trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol (TSX: XBC). For more information, xebecinc.com.
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