Florizone named new vice-president
Was strategic director at Bombardier
The University of Saskatchewan announced last month it has appointed an accomplished financial strategist, administrator and academic as its new vice-president of finance and resources.
President Peter MacKinnon said Richard Florizone, most recently Director of Strategy for Bombardier Aerospace, will assume his new role at the University on Oct. 17. He said Florizone, a U of S alumnus originally from Prince Albert who went on to international corporate success, will be a valuable addition to the University’s leadership.
“Solid administration of the University’s assets will be required as we enter our second century,” MacKinnon said. “The addition of Richard Florizone to our senior finance position brings knowledge, experience, strategic vision and personal connection to the province that will ensure we efficiently manage the competitive evolution of our campus.”
Florizone has extensive experience in developing and implementing business strategies for major corporations in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. MacKinnon said his understanding of acquisitions, cost reduction, corporate strategy, negotiation and public policy make him well-suited to run the diverse portfolio of Finance and Resources at the U of S.
Florizone holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MSc (‘92) and BSc (‘90) from the U of S. He conducted his graduate studies at the U of S under Physics Professor Dennis Skopik, and was awarded the President’s Medal as the most distinguished graduate in engineering in 1990.