Tuesday,  March 19, 2019  4:56 pm

Air Canada names new chief financial officer, commercial officer, service exec


Air Canada, which emerged from bankruptcy-court protection last fall, announced three major executive appointments including a new chief financial officer. The Montreal-based airline, operating under parent company ACE Aviation Holdings, announced: Sean Menke, formerly senior vice-president and chief operating officer at Denver-based Frontier Airlines, becomes an Air Canada senior VP and chief commercial officer.  Joshua Koshy, formerly senior VP for information technology at Emirates Group, is a new executive VP and chief financial officer. He replaces Rob Peterson, who continues as executive VP and CFO of ACE Aviation. David Tait, formerly executive VP of Virgin Atlantic's North America operations, becomes Air Canada senior VP in charge of customer service.

"I am delighted to welcome aboard Air Canada three highly talented individuals who have proven track records in their respective fields,'' Air Canada CEO said in a release. Reporting directly to Brewer, Menke will be responsible for all commercial aspects of Air Canada's worldwide operations, including marketing, sales, scheduling, brand, research and product development, international affairs, alliances and Jetz, the carrier's specialty charter service. At Dubai-based Emirates, new CFO Koshy was responsible for financial services throughout the Mideast airline group before leading its information technology activities.

Reporting to chief operating officer Rob Reid, Tait will be responsible for customers' airport and in-flight experience, call centres and customer service strategy. Before joining Air Canada, Tait led the startup of Virgin Atlantic in the United States and was responsible for the carrier's North American operations. Tait holds an Order of the British Empire medal in recognition of his services to the interests of British aviation in the United States. (CP)