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Pierre Somers

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walter Group

Pierre Somers is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Walter Group headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The Group's operating company Walter Surface Technologies (walter.com) provides specialized mechanical tools (abrasives, tooling and power tools) to the metal fabricating industries. Environmental solutions (cleaners, degreasers, lubricants and bioremediation parts washers) are offered to those industries by its Bio-Circle® Division. The company operates in nine countries in the Western Hemisphere and in Europe.

Fluent in English, French and German, Mr. Somers initially worked after graduation in Germany as a Mechanical Engineer for Metabo AG. He later assumed different positions of increased responsibilities within Walter Surface Technologies in Canada and in the USA. Mr. Somers was appointed President in 1989.

Mr. Somers is an advocate of developing the next generation of business leaders in Canada and was instrumental in putting into place the innovative internship program Next to Succeed, which gives interns access to training and development – including the opportunity to work directly with upper management including the CEO.

Mr. Somers is a founding member of the Business Families Foundation. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization, the CEO Organization, the Presidents Club of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Mount Royal Club and the Club de Golf Laval-sur-le-lac.

Mr. Somers trained as a Mechanical Engineer and graduated from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY where he obtained a B.Sc. in 1976. In 2005 he was appointed Alumni of the YPO/MBA Program at the Harvard Business School.