Star Alliance gets new executive chairman

Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu takes over for two years

The president and CEO of Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, has been elected as the new chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board. He succeeds Rob Fyfe, CEO Air New Zealand, who has held the post for the last two years. In his new role, Rovinescu will act as the designated spokesperson for the board and conduct the two annual board meetings. He said he was looking forward to working with the board over the next two years to deepen the alliance and pursue shared priorities. These would include strengthening the global network, focusing on providing a seamless travel experience and maintaining the loyalty of customers through superior service and convenience.
“Partnerships are essential to succeed in this business and few partnerships have been as beneficial to their members and customers as Star Alliance,” he said. “It is my determination to see that we continue to foster commercial cooperation among member carriers to further strengthen our position as the leading global airline network.”
Established in 1997, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.
[pictured: Air Canada hosts Star Alliance CEOs in Vancouver for Annual Strategy Meeting, Calin Rovinescu standing at centre; photo courtesy Air Canada]