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Rob Fyfe, former CEO of Air New Zealand, is to join Air Canada's Board upon retirement of Joseph Leonard, effective 30 September 2017.
Mr. Fyfe is the former Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand and is credited with driving an historic turnaround in the airline's strategy and culture and maintaining profitability during economic downturns.
He 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, Mr. Fyfe is the Chair of Icebreaker, an outdoor apparel designer, manufacturer and retailer with stores in countries around the world. He also serves as a director of Michael Hill International, an international retail jewelry chain and Antarctica New Zealand, a government-sponsored scientific research program in Antarctica.
"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 Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada.
Joseph Leonard will retire from Air Canada's Board on September 30, 2017 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 Calin Rovinescu. "We wish him the very best in his