President and Chief Executive Officer
Calin Rovinescu was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada on April 1, 2009.
Mr. Rovinescu is also the Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB), the controlling body of the Alliance with each of the 27 member airlines represented by their respective CEO, a role he was elected to in November, 2012. The CEB provides the overall strategic direction of the Alliance, approves the appropriate funding and votes on the admittance of new member airlines.
He also serves as a Member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and was elected as Chairman, effective June 2014.
From 2004 until his re-joining Air Canada, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank.
Mr. Rovinescu first joined Air Canada in 2000 as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, where he was Chairman of, and had oversight for many of the airline’s businesses including loyalty management (Aeroplan), regional carriers (Jazz) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (ACTS). He also had overall responsibility for a number of corporate functions including Legal, Information & Technology, E-Commerce, People, Labour, Government Affairs, Communications, Alliances and Corporate Secretariat. In addition, Mr. Rovinescu held the position of Chief Restructuring Officer during the airline’s 2003-2004 restructuring.
Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montreal, where he practiced law for over 20 years in the areas of corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, and was a member of the firm’s Partnership Board and Executive Committee.
Mr. Rovinescu received his LL.B from the University of Ottawa in 1980, his LL.L. from the University of Montreal in 1978, and his D.E.C. from McGill University in 1974. He is a member of the Quebec and Ontario Bar Associations. Mr. Rovinescu also serves on the Board of Directors of several private and non-profit corporations.