MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Maple Leaf Foods Chief Financial Officer Debbie Simpson is stepping away from the role after 12 years with the company. An executive search is underway.

Debbie Simpson

“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.”

Simpson has served as CFO for the last five years. She will leave Maple Leaf Foods Nov. 1 following a transition period that will lead to the appointment of a new CFO.

“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. “We have benefited immensely from her expertise and dedication and wish her the very best as she pursues her next challenge.”