Board of Directors

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Board of Directors 2019-03-29T12:39:27+00:00

Brian Edwards is a technology executive, corporate director and Founder of BCE Emergis Inc., serving as its Chief Executive Officer from 1988 to 2002. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Transat A.T. Inc., since 2010 and chairs Transat’s human resources committee. He also serves on the Board of privately held Camso Inc. since 2004 and chairs the human resources committee. Mr. Edwards has been a director of Atrium Innovations Inc. since it was taken private in 2014. Atrium Innovations Inc. was purchased in March 2018 by Nestle’s. From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Edwards was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ATW Tech. From 2010 to 2014 he was a Director of Pethealth Inc. and a member of the human resources committee & governance committee. PetHealth Inc. was sold to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited in 2014. From 2004 to 2012 Mr. Edwards was Chairman of the Board of Montreal based Miranda Technologies Inc. As Chairman, Mr. Edwards was instrumental in taking the company public and was actively involved in bringing Miranda to a worldwide leadership position in the broadcast industry. The company was acquired by Belden Inc. in August 2012. He is active in the community & Chairman of the Adaptive Sports Foundation. He is a past Co-Chairman of the Centraide (United Way) of Greater Montreal campaign. He has co-chaired the Montreal Heart Institute’s Bal des Vins-Coeurs, is vice-chair of the Concordia University Foundation and was active in establishing KnowledgeOne Inc., Concordia’s on-line learning offering. He recently completed 12 years on Concordia University’s Board of Governors including the last six years as vice-chair. Brian Edwards holds a B.Comm. from Concordia University.

Director since April 27, 2018.
Member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Human and Compensation Committee.

Thomas D. Gardner is the former Executive Vice President of Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. (now Trusted Media Brands, Inc.). He spent 15 years at the company in a variety of operating leadership roles, including President of Reader’s Digest International, and President of North American Books & Home Entertainment. He also served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Vice President of Marketing for Reader’s Digest USA. Mr. Gardner previously served as a Director of Dex Media as well as of its predecessor company, SuperMedia. He is also currently on the Advisory Board of Hope’s Door, a domestic violence agency located in New York, and previously served as a Trustee of Northern Westchester Hospital Center in New York, and Reader’s Digest Foundation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gardner held positions at McKinsey & Co., General Foods Corporation (now part of KraftHeinz) and Yankelovich, Skelly and White, Inc. Mr. Gardner received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Director since December 1, 2016.
Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee and member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Emma Griffin holds more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and investment banking, with sector expertise in support services, construction and infrastructure, leisure, and technology. Most recently, she was the founder and managing director of Refined Selection, a private-equity-backed holding company created in 2014 for investing in the professional services and recruitment industries. Prior to this, in 2002, Ms. Griffin co-founded and built Oriel Securities, a U.K.-based stockbroking and mid-market investment banking firm, which was sold to Stifel Corporation in 2014. Her early career was spent at HSBC, where for several years she led the top-rated pan-European support services and technology research team. Ms. Griffin currently serves as a Director of IA Financial Group, a Director and Strategic Advisor to Golder Associates, and a director of Claridge Inc. Ms. Griffin trained in corporate finance at Schroders, and holds an MA in Classics from Oxford University.

Director since January 25, 2016.
Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and member of  the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Robert (Chris) Kreidler is a strategic and financial consultant and was a Special Advisor to the Aimia Board of Directors from December, 2016 to May 11, 2017. Mr. Kreidler is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, a Member of the Council of Overseers for Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the boards of directors of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. and Wok Parent, LLC. From 2009 to 2015, Mr. Kreidler was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sysco Corporation, the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Prior to Sysco, Mr. Kreidler was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Customer Officer of C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the United States. Before C&S, Mr. Kreidler enjoyed 11 years with Yum! Brands, one of the largest restaurant companies in the world and the parent company of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, where he held a number of international positions, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Treasurer. Earlier in his career Mr. Kreidler was a partner in the small investment banking firm led by T. Boone Pickens. Mr. Kreidler earned a B.A. from Rice University, and an M.B.A from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Director since May 11, 2017.
Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and member of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

William (Bill) McEwan is an accomplished CEO. He is a member of the Board of Directors of international food retailer Ahold Delhaize and serves as Chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Sustainability & Innovation Committee. Mr. McEwan is also a member of the Board of Agrifoods International Cooperative Ltd. and Ultima Foods. Between 2000 and until he made the personal decision to step down in June 2012, Mr. McEwan held the roles of President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor. Mr. McEwan also served on the Board of Directors of Sobeys’ parent company, Empire Company Limited. At Sobeys, Mr. McEwan was responsible for the leadership and oversight of all aspects of growing the company from a $9 billion to a $17 billion organization by leading the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategic plan and executing Sobeys’ food-focused growth initiatives. Between 1989 and 2000, Mr. McEwan held a variety of progressively senior marketing and merchandising roles in the consumer packaged goods industry with Coca-Cola Limited and Coca-Cola Bottling as well as in grocery retail with the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) in both Canada and the U.S. Mr. McEwan served as President of A&P’s Canadian operations before his appointment as President and CEO of the company’s U.S. Atlantic Region. Mr. McEwan began his career at Ferraro’s Ltd.’s, Super Valu Stores at age 15, spending 13 years with the company in both B.C. and Alberta in a variety of store, operations, merchandising, procurement and general management roles. Mr. McEwan has played an active leadership role in a number of industry and charitable organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the global Consumer Goods Forum, the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, the Coca-Cola Research Council, the Food Marketing Institute, the Grocery Foundation, the McEwan Family Foundation and Kids Help Phone.

Director since December 1, 2016.
Chairman of the Board since March 28, 2019.

Philip Mittleman

Philip Mittleman serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President for Mittleman Brothers, LLC and its subsidiaries, including Mittleman Investment Management, LLC, a value-oriented SEC-registered investment adviser. Before co-founding Mittleman Brothers in 2005, he was Managing Partner of Blue Hill Ventures LLC and Voltron Ventures LP, which were venture capital funds with investments in a variety of industries. Early stage investments in companies such as rent.com (acquired by Ebay), First International Oil Corp (acquired by Sinopec), Eyewonder (acquired by Limelight), and Audium (acquired by Cisco), resulted in liquidity events of over US$1 billion. From 1991 to 1999, he served as Executive Vice President of the Kushner-Locke Company, a Nasdaq-listed entertainment company. He began his career at Kushner-Locke after attending Kent School, and Trinity College. Mr. Mittleman currently serves on the Board of Directors of Providence House, a non-profit charitable organization.

Director since April 27, 2018.
Member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Jeremy Rabe

Jeremy Rabe joined Aimia as Chief Executive Officer in May 2018, responsible for driving the company’s business strategy and performance. His extensive loyalty industry experience includes six years at Premier Loyalty & Marketing, where he was a Board Director and the founding CEO responsible for the management of Club Premier, Mexico’s leading coalition loyalty program.  Prior to joining Aimia, Jeremy was the Founder and Managing Partner of On Point Loyalty, a boutique investment and advisory firm focused on the airline loyalty industry and an Operating Partner with Advent International, a leading global private equity firm. While working with Advent, he provided strategic support to portfolio companies including LifeMiles, the loyalty program of Avianca. He has also worked as a strategy consultant and frequent flyer program director for Aeromexico and TACA Airlines. Mr. Rabe has an MBA from INSEAD and graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University.

Director since April 27, 2018.