Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
Ben Smith was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer in May, 2007. In this role, Ben has overall worldwide responsibility for Revenue Management, Marketing, Sales, Network Planning, Cargo and Alliances. Ben also holds the position of Chairman at Air Canada's wholly owned subsidiary Air Canada Vacations.
Ben joined Air Ontario, a predecessor company to Air Canada Jazz as a Customer Sales and Service agent in 1990. Ben left Air Ontario in 1993 to open a retail corporate travel agency which he owned and operated for eight years. In 2001, while working as an independent consultant, Ben led the team that launched Tango, Air Canada's pioneering strategy in a separately branded operation and in 2002 he joined Air Canada full time as Managing Director of Tango. Ben subsequently held various other positions including Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada, and President and CEO, Air Canada Vacations.
Ben holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.