QUEBEC CITY (3/18/08)--The Desjardins Group Saturday elected the first woman to become president/CEO of the group--Monique F. Leroux. Leroux is senior vice president and chief financial officer of the group. She succeeds Alban D’Amours, who held the position since 2000. She will take office at the Annual General Meeting March 29 in Quebec City. Leroux has served as senior vice president of the group since August 2004. Prior to her position, she served as the president of the Desjardins Financial Corp. and CEO of its subsidiaries. She also has been named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network of Toronto, and one of Canada’s Top 25 Women to Watch in 2008 by the Women’s Post. Desjardins is the largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, with assets of more than $144 billion as of Dec. 31, 2007. It consists of a network of caisse populaires (credit union), their branches and financial centers.