September 22, 2018

Canadian Ben Smith to Air France-KLM

Ben Smith – Picture by Air France-KLM.
Thursday, 16 August 2018: Air France-KLM named Air Canada’s President Airlines and Chief Operating Officer Ben Smith as its new CEO director general.

The 46-year old Francophone Smith is the first non-French CEO of the company since its foundation in 1933.

Smith served as Air Canada’s is known for putting shareholders’ interest first; indeed he is credited with developing Air Canada’s low-cost subsidiary Rouge. At the same time, he is credited with sealing a 10-year pay deal with Air Canada unions in 2015.

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