David Johnston is Group Chief Executive, responsible for driving Aimia’s global business strategy, performance, and growth across its Coalitions and Marketing Services divisions. Before assuming the role, Mr. Johnston held a series of progressively more senior appointments within the company, most recently as Group Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for the performance of the company’s three divisions and developing the global operating model. Mr. Johnston joined Aimia in January 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, which included overseeing Nectar, the U.K.’s largest coalition program. Mr. Johnston joined Aimia from PepsiCo where he spent 13 years in marketing and general management. He has had extensive global experience in PepsiCo in Europe, Latin America and in PepsiCo’s global headquarters in Purchase, N.Y. He holds an Honours Degree in Business from Nottingham Trent University in the U.K.
Shailesh Baidwan is President, Insights & Loyalty Solutions and is responsible for developing and executing Aimia’s growth strategy across the Insights & Loyalty Solutions business, Intelligent Shoppers Solution (ISS) International, Aimia Middle East, and Global Product. These divisions focus on helping clients with loyalty strategy, program design, implementation, and ongoing provision of platform-based solutions, campaigns, and analytics. Mr. Baidwan has more than 20 years of experience across marketing, sales, strategy, and general management in both financial services and consumer products, with a proven ability to work across borders. Before joining Aimia, he spent 10 years with American Express, where he worked across multiple markets. He previously spent six years at VISA in Singapore across various roles and before that he was at Nestle India in a range of roles. Mr. Baidwan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Delhi, and a Masters in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Mark Grafton is Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the financial strategy, management and reporting of the business, to support the development, implementation and success of Aimia’s corporate strategy. Most recently reporting to the CFO as Vice President & Group Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, Corporate & Commercial Finance, Mark was responsible for corporate planning and analysis, execution of the quarterly financial and business review processes, the approval of all major commercial agreements, and financial oversight of all major corporate strategic projects. Previously, he had general management responsibility for all non-U.K. coalitions businesses in Aimia’s International Coalitions division, along with oversight and board positions of investments in U.K., Spain, Middle East and India. Mark’s first role within Aimia was as CFO for the International Coalitions Division. Mark has built extensive experience in M&A, divestitures, major contract negotiations, and greenfield business development. Before joining Aimia, Mark rose through EY’s ranks for 12 years, much of that spent in the firm’s Transaction Services business. Mark is a graduate of Loughborough University (1st Class Degree in Economics and Accounting), and is a Chartered Accountant and holder of the CF designation in the U.K.
Vincent R. Timpano is President, Coalitions. In this role, Mr. Timpano has full accountability for leading, innovating, and growing Aimia’s flagship coalition loyalty program, Aeroplan. Most recently, Mr. Timpano was President, Americas Coalitions, where he established strategic direction and led Aimia’s core businesses within the region. He joined Aimia as President and CEO of Aeroplan and was later appointed as President and CEO of Aimia’s Canada operations. Before joining Aimia, Mr. Timpano was President, Coca-Cola Ltd. in Canada, and prior to that position, he was the President and CEO for The Minute Maid Company Canada Inc. Mr. Timpano is Past Chair of the United Way of Toronto and York Region after serving as Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance committee for the past four years and as a member of the Board for the past ten years. Mr. Timpano is a member of the Board of Governors at Seneca College and a director of Business for the Arts. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He also holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Sandy Walker is Aimia’s Chief Talent Officer and Head of Corporate Affairs and is responsible for human resources, talent and culture strategy globally. She is also responsible for global communications, corporate reputation and oversight of legal services and is Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of Aimia Inc. Previous to this role, Ms. Walker held senior positions at BCE/Bell Canada and Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. She joined BCE/Bell Canada in 2005, ultimately taking the post of Vice President, Human Resources – Business Markets where she successfully oversaw multiple transformational business endeavours and led the reset of Bell’s Leadership Development and Talent Management programs. Prior to joining Bell, Ms. Walker was Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration at Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. where, as a member of the Executive Committee, she had full responsibility for all matters related to global human resources governance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Walker held progressively senior roles in the life and health reinsurance business, leading to the role of Head, Human Resource Services, North America for Swiss Re Life & Health. Ms. Walker is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.