MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Rupert Duchesne, Aimia’s Group
Chief Executive is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Zea
as President and Chief Executive Officer for the U.S. Region. Zea will
be responsible for leading Aimia’s operations in the U.S., with a
critical focus on new business development and driving key strategic
growth initiatives for that market.
“Michael’s extensive strategic expertise and international experience
will leverage the capabilities embedded in our U.S. Region to achieve
its full potential,” said Duchesne. “We will also hugely benefit from
his many years driving successful organizational transformations across
a wide range of industries.”
In this role, Zea will take on full commercial and operational
responsibility for our growth in this critical region and be a member
of the Aimia’s global executive committee.
Zea brings more than 20 years of strategic consulting experience, most
recently as a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he has been an
acknowledged client and knowledge entrepreneur within the firm and in
2012 selected to lead McKinsey’s Loyalty Marketing Service line
globally. Prior to McKinsey, Zea enjoyed over a decade of success with
Oliver Wyman, having joined that firm as the founding associate of the
Chicago office, and was one of three selected to launch that firm’s
Aviation practice and managed the firm’s New York office from
A graduate of Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern,
earlier in his career, Zea worked in sales, pricing, yield management
and distribution at several major airlines, including United and
American. On the philanthropy front, Zea is a Trustee on the Board of
The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, and Alexandra’s Playground.
Liz Graham, previously Chief Executive Officer for both the U.S. & Asia
Pacific, will turn now her focus to solidifying the Asia Pacific Region
while continuing to provide leadership to the global enterprise as
Aimia’s Chief Operating Officer.
Aimia is a global leader in loyalty management. Aimia’s unique
capabilities include proven expertise in delivering proprietary loyalty
services, launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, creating
value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging
digital and mobile spaces. Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada’s
premier coalition loyalty program and Nectar, the United Kingdom’s
largest coalition loyalty program. In addition, Aimia 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 and Cardlytics, a US-based private company operating in
transaction-driven marketing for electronic banking.
Aimia is a Canadian public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: AIM) and has over 3,800 employees in more than 20 countries
around the world. For more information about Aimia, please visit www.aimia.com.
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