Benjamin Smith has been named Air Canada’s president of passenger airlines, a position in which he will oversee passenger-related expenses and revenues and will work to optimise profitability.
Air Canada says Smith, who has been the Montreal-based airline’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, will also retain his current responsibilities.
The role change is effective 1 September, Air Canada says.
"Ben has continuously demonstrated his passion, industry knowledge and proven leadership throughout his more than 20 years with Air Canada and has contributed significantly to our record revenues and evolution of our products, services and airline alliances," says Air Canada’s chief executive Calin Rovinescu. “In the next phase of Air Canada's development, we will need to have an even greater focus on our network and international activities, as we continue to drive towards sustainable profitability."