Michael Friisdahl Leaving Air Canada To Head Up MLSE
Various media outlets have confirmed the rumour that Maple Leaf Sports
& Entertainment are hiring Air Canada executive Michael Friisdahl as the
sports holding company’s new President.
Friisdahl will be replacing Tim Leiweke
and his hiring will be formally announced by MLSE later this afternoon.
Friisdahl joins MLSE from Air Canada, where
since 2012 he was President & Chief Executive of the airline’s leisure
group, which runs Air Canada Vacations.
Friisdahl’s previous positions included CEO of
Thomas Cook North America and CEO of the tour operator Holiday Network.
Friisdahl’s hiring brings Leiweke’s stewardship
to a close, as the story
of who will replace Leiweke has percolated in sports business circles for
MLSE is jointly owned by Bell Media, TSN's
parent company, and telecom rival Rogers Communications. The perception that
those companies are often at odds has made some sports executives contacted by