Class of 2014
Lino Saputo was born in Italy, in 1937, to Master Cheesemaker Giuseppe Saputo and his wife, Maria. The Saputo family immigrated to Canada in 1952, and two years later, founded the Company which bears their name.
In 1969, succeeding his father, Lino Saputo was named Chairman of the Board and President of the Company. In 1997, Saputo completed its initial public offering. Lino became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. In 2004, his son Lino A. Saputo, Jr. was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, while Lino Saputo remained Chairman of the Board.
Lino Saputo was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal in June 2010. In May 2011, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Québec and in June 2012, was appointed Member of the Order of Canada. In November 2012, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal inducted Lino Saputo into the Academy of Great Montrealers.