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AD reveals 2023 board; François Deschênes newly elected

March 28, 2023 | By Anthony Capkun

March 28, 2023 – North America’s largest marketing/buying group for construction and industrial supplies—AD—has confirmed its 2023 board of directors, which includes several Canadians, including newcomer François Deschênes.

“Our boards and committees have incredible leaders who make the AD community stronger by setting the group’s strategies and policies and overseeing our operations,” said AD chair and CEO Bill Weisberg. “The annual election process ensures that each member has the opportunity to choose who serves on our corporate board, and our board clearly understands its responsibility to represent the interests of all our divisions and countries.”

François Deschênes, president & CEO of Deschênes Group Inc., is a newly elected director. He joined the family business in 2000, and has served as vice-president, Operations, for Quebec; vice-president and general manager for Deschênes & Fils Ltée (a subsidiary of Deschênes Group Inc.); vice-president, Marketing & Business Development; and vice-president, Procurement.

Deschênes has also been chair of AD Plumbing & Heating (Canada), and of the buying group Canaplus LP.


“I am honoured to have been elected to represent AD members as we work together to grow and succeed,” said Deschênes, adding that he looks forward “to collaborating with the board’s terrific leaders to guide us forward.”

The remaining Canadian members of the 2023 AD LLC board are:

• Steve Drummond, president, Source Atlantic
• Tim Horsman, president & CEO, E.B. Horsman & Son (also chair, AD LLC Organizational Development Committee)

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