MONTREAL, July 5, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Groupe Aeroplan Inc. (TSX: AER)
announced today that Kevin O'Brien is named Chief Commercial Officer,
Aeroplan Canada and that Michael O'Sullivan will take on the position
of President, Carlson Marketing Canada on August 2, 2011.
"We are very pleased to welcome Michael to our team and to hand
Aeroplan's leadership to Kevin," said Vince Timpano, President & Chief
Executive Officer, Groupe Aeroplan Canada. "Michael and Kevin both
bring strong leadership, an ability to build solid business
partnerships and a proven track record of success."
After 16 years of consulting in corporate strategy, including 8 years at
SECOR Consulting where he became Managing Partner, Mr. O'Brien joined
Aeroplan Canada, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, in 2009 as
Vice President, Strategy and Planning. In his previous functions at
Aeroplan, he was in charge of corporate strategy, planning, business
development and business performance management. He played a key
leadership role in creating Aeroplan's successful corporate strategy.
"I am very happy to accept this new challenge at Aeroplan and am eager
to work with my colleagues to accelerate the execution of the
strategies that we have collectively laid out, with the goal of
maintaining Aeroplan's unrivaled position in the Canadian loyalty
market," declared Mr. O'Brien.
During his career, Mr. O'Brien also co-founded Diesel Think Tank, a
Canadian consulting company focused on closer integration between
primary customer research and business strategy and worked at Mercer
Mr. O'Brien holds a bachelor degree from the Ivey Business School at the
University of Western Ontario and is a member of its Advisory Board.
Mr. O'Sullivan has been a member of the Carlson Marketing team since
2004. As Senior Vice President Asia Pacific (from 2006 to 2010) and
General Manager of Australia (from 2004 to 2006), his leadership helped
transform Carlson Marketing's Australian business into one of the most
successful operations in its global network.
"I am excited to join Carlson Marketing Canada and Groupe Aeroplan
Canada at such an important time in their evolution," stated Mr.
O'Sullivan. "Carlson Marketing Canada is a great business with a
remarkable list of achievements in the relationship building industry.
I am looking forward to working with the team to reinforce our
leadership position in the Canadian loyalty market."
Before joining Carlson Marketing, Mr O'Sullivan's career encompassed
mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and management consulting
across the travel, technology, automotive and banking sectors. Mr.
O'Sullivan has also been an owner and co-founder of several successful
start-ups such as Fuel Marketing Solutions, a successful
business-to-business marketing company he founded and led until 2003.
Mr. O'Sullivan is a Non Executive Director of Patientrack, a UK based
hospital risk management system.
Mr. O'Sullivan holds an Economics Degree and a Masters in Applied
Finance. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the
Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
About Aeroplan Canada
Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, is owned by Groupe
Aeroplan Inc., a global leader in loyalty management. Aeroplan's
millions of members earn Aeroplan Miles with its growing network of
over 75 world-class partners, representing more than 150 brands in the
financial, retail, and travel sectors.
In 2010, over 2 million rewards were issued to members including more
than 1.3 million flights on Air Canada and Star Alliance carriers which
offer travel to more than 1,000 destinations worldwide. In addition to
flights, members also have access to over 800 exciting specialty,
merchandise, hotel, car rental and experiential rewards.
For more information about Aeroplan, please visit www.aeroplan.com or www.groupeaeroplan.com.
About Carlson Marketing
Carlson Marketing is the world's leading relationship marketing company
- we design and deliver loyalty and engagement programs for some of the
world's best known brands. Carlson Marketing Canada has offices in
Toronto and Montreal. Carlson Marketing has large regional offices in
Toronto, London and Sydney. For more information, please visit: www.carlsonmarketing.ca.
About Groupe Aeroplan Inc.
Groupe Aeroplan Inc., a global leader in loyalty management, owns
Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, Carlson
Marketing, an international loyalty marketing services, engagement and
events provider , as well as Nectar, the United Kingdom's largest
coalition loyalty program. Groupe Aeroplan also operates LMG Insight &
Communication, an international customer-driven insight and data
analytics business. In addition, Groupe Aeroplan has majority equity
positions in Air Miles Middle East and Nectar Italia as well as a
minority position in Club Premier, Mexico's leading coalition loyalty
program. For more information about Groupe Aeroplan, please visit groupeaeroplan.com.