Michael Deluce Named Porter Pres. & CEO, Father Robert Now Executive Chair

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Michael Deluce is taking on president and CEO duties at Porter Airlines, while his father and the company’s founding president and CEO Robert Deluce assumes the new role of executive chairman.

The airline says the executive reorganization is “to ensure continuity for its immediate and future development.”

Porter says Robert Deluce’s new role will enhance his existing responsibilities as a member of the board of directors, while staying engaged in Porter’s core business strategies. He also remains as the company’s accountable executive for Transport Canada.

New president and CEO Michael is described as being “instrumental in defining Porter’s successful business plan, commercial and brand strategies, and has been a key part of realizing that vision in the role of executive vice president and chief commercial officer.”

Don Carty has been Porter’s chairman of the board of directors since the company’s founding and will continue in this role.

“A principal responsibility for a board of directors is ensuring orderly succession planning,” said Carty. “This transition sees Robert become further involved at the board level, while allowing Michael and other senior leaders to oversee daily business activities. It is a combination of diverse experience and expertise that will serve Porter well in meeting our needs today.”

“My focus as executive chairman is on supporting our reorganized executive team, while still being active in certain key business areas,” said Robert Deluce. “It’s important for me to be proactive in giving our leadership team even more direct responsibility for setting Porter’s course and I’m confident that the changes announced today are consistent with the vision we created when the airline launched in 2006.”

Michael Deluce has also been appointed as a member of Porter’s board of directors.

“It is a rare opportunity to be part of the development of a company from the outset and now take on the president and CEO position more than a decade later,” said Michael Deluce. “We have an exceptional team in place, from our seasoned management group to our dedicated team members, who believe in what we’re doing to distinguish Porter as a special airline. We’ll work hard to build on this strength.”

The change in leadership structure is supported by a series of realigned executive responsibilities. 

With Michael’s appointment, Kevin Jackson moves to the position of executive vice president and chief commercial officer. Paul Moreira remains Porter’s chief operating officer and also becomes executive vice president. 

Additional roles on Porter’s executive team are unchanged.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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