Debbie Simpson has decided to leave her post as chief financial officer (CFO) of Maple Leaf Foods.

Simpson’s resignation is effective November 1, 2019, following a transition period that will lead to the appointment of a new CFO.

Simpson joined the Canadian meat, poultry and plant-based protein company 12 years ago and has served as CFO for the last five years. An executive search is underway for her successor.

"This is an inflection point in my career and the right time both personally and professionally for me to take on a new challenge in a new industry," Simpson said. "I have enjoyed my career with Maple Leaf immensely. In the process, I have worked alongside a finance team with great depth and experience and I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition. "

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"Debbie has made a very significant contribution to Maple Leaf through her executive leadership in financial management, reporting and strategic initiatives that have shaped the future of our company," said Michael McCain, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods. "We have benefited immensely from her expertise and dedication and wish her the very best as she pursues her next challenge."

Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, Simpson was vice president and treasurer for Vincor International Inc., which she joined in 2000 as director of corporate finance after moving to Canada from Scotland. During her tenure at Vincor, she was responsible for financial reporting and investor relations, treasury and taxation, as well as working on mergers and acquisitions activities.

Her previous corporate finance experience in Scotland included progressively senior roles with a number of companies including Highland Distillers Brands Ltd. and John Menzies PLC. Ms. Simpson began her career with Ernst & Young and obtained her professional designation from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland in 1991.

Simpson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Accountancy as well as a Master of Science in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Stirling, Scotland.