Air Canada has announced the appointment of Rob Fyfe to its Board of Directors and the retirement of Joseph Leonard from the board, both effective 30SEPT.
Fyfe is the former CEO of Air New Zealand who was credited with driving an historic turnaround in the airline's strategy and culture and maintaining profitability during economic downturns.
During his tenure from 2005 to 2012, NZ was named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World, as well as New Zealand's most attractive employer and most reputable company.
Fyfe has also served as Chair of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board and as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association.
Currently, Fyfe is the Chair of Icebreaker, an outdoor apparel designer, manufacturer and retailer with stores in countries around the world.
"We are delighted that Rob has agreed to bring his leadership experience and deep knowledge of the airline sector and Asia-Pacific to the service of our company and our shareholders," said AC CEO Calin Rovinescu.
Meanwhile, former Air Tran Airways CEO Joseph Leonard will retire from Air Canada's board after nearly a decade of dedicated service.
"Following a distinguished career in the U.S. airline industry, notably as CEO of AirTran Airways, Joe joined our Board in 2008. On behalf of our employees, directors and shareholders, I sincerely thank Joe for his strategic insight, advice and contribution to our transformation and shareholder value creation," said Rovinescu.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.