People: Air France KLM SA (AIRF.PA)
24 Jun 2019
Mr. Benjamin Smith has been Chief Executive Officer of AIR FRANCE KLM SA, effective as of September 17, 2018. Since September 27, 2018 he has served also as interim CEO of Air France within company and was appointed to hold this position until December 17, 2018. He is senior air transport industry executive at international level. He has spent the last twenty years at Air Canada, where he was President Airlines and Chief Operating Officer. He began in 1990 at Air Ontario in parallel with his studies and in 1992 set up his own retail corporate travel agency. He helmed this entrepreneurial experience for eight years. In 1999, he also simultaneously took on a consultancy role for Air Canada before finally joining the group in 2002. Since 2002, he has filled a number of positions at Air Canada. He was successively Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Network Planning, before joining the Air Canada executive management team in 2007. Benjamin Smith was also the prime mover behind Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada`s low-cost brand. Benjamin Smith has been deeply involved in social dialogue at Air Canada. He personally oversaw, with the Human Resources Division, the collective bargaining talks with trade unions. In 2014, he was appointed President Airlines (Air Canada, Rouge, Express, Cargo) and Chief Operating Officer of the Air Canada Group. He took on overall responsibility for sales, operations, and customer service for the Group. He has also spearheaded Air Canada`s operational and financial performance strategy.
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