Pugliese Named SVP Gov’t Relations & Regional Markets For Air Canada

Air Canada has named Ferio Pugliese as Senior Vice-President, Government Relations and Regional Markets, succeeding Kevin C. Howlett, who will retire in November after 45 years of service. 

Pugliese, who leaves the EVP Customer & Corporate Affairs role at Hydro One, will be based in Toronto and report directly to CEO Calin Rovinescu.  

"As a global carrier connecting 64 Canadian cities and communities to more than 220 worldwide markets on six continents, one of Air Canada's key priorities is continuing to outreach and strengthen the partnerships we have in the cities and communities we fly to, and our relationships with all levels of government in Canada,” said Rovinescu. 

“Ferio's solid, diverse experience from several Canadian organizations is well-suited to oversee these important relationships, and to also lead the strategic direction of Air Canada's regional operations including our relationships with our regional carriers operating on Air Canada's behalf. I take this opportunity to congratulate Kevin on his upcoming retirement this fall, and thank him for his valuable and tireless work," Rovinescu added.

As well as his most recent position at Hydro One, Pugliese has held senior leadership positions at other Canadian companies including WestJet, WestJet Encore and Catalyst Paper Corporation.

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