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Cirque du Soleil Promotes Lefebvre to CEO to Drive Relaunch

  • First CEO change since 2006 takes place amid new variant
  • New CEO says Cirque in ‘very good’ financial situation
Head casts of performers sit in a room at Cirque de Soleil headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Head casts of performers sit in a room at Cirque de Soleil headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is getting its first new chief executive officer in 15 years as Daniel Lamarre makes way for Chief Operating Officer Stephane Lefebvre in the midst of renewed pandemic uncertainties. 

Lefebvre, a corporate finance veteran who’s also worked at CAE Inc., will spearhead the reopening of Cirque’s touring shows just as the omicron variant sends governments scrambling for new restrictions. He said the company has become nimble in handling such roadblocks.