Current Air Canada Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Smith has been selected by Air France-KLM as its next Chief Executive.
Smith has played a major role at Air Canada over the past two decades, and becomes the first overseas leader of Air France-KLM. He will begin his new role on September 30th.
He fills a role left by Jean-Marc Janaillac, who stepped down as Chairman and Chief Executive of the organization earlier this year.
Smith started out in 1990 at Air Ontario in parallel with his studies and in 1992 set up his own retail corporate travel agency. Since his 2002 arrival, Smith has filled several high-ranking positions at Air Canada. He was Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Network Planning, before joining the Air Canada executive management team in 2007.