David Johnston was appointed Group Chief Executive in May 2017. In this role, he is responsible for driving further development of Aimia’s global operating model and performance, with all operating divisions reporting to Mr. Johnston. Mr. Johnston is also responsible for the global business development team who plan and execute the expansion of Aimia’s full suite strategy into new territories. Prior to this Mr. Johnston was President and Chief Executive Officer, EMEA and Executive Vice President from January 2010. In this role, he had full responsibility for driving the expansion of Aimia's businesses in the EMEA region including Nectar, Nectar Italia and Air Miles Middle East as well as all of our proprietary loyalty and loyalty analytics businesses in the region. 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, New York. He holds an Honours Degree in Business from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Marc Allsop is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Development. In this role, he leads the global business development team who plan and execute the expansion of Aimia’s full suite strategy into new territories, as well as supporting the enhancement of the Aimia value proposition in existing geographies. Mr Allsop joined Aimia from American Express where he spent 15 years across a range of business lines, including operations, merchant acquiring and consumer card issuing, where he was most recently responsible for business development in their European business. He has extensive global experience, spending a significant amount of time working in loyalty, business development and partnership management, working with major blue chip clients across a range of key industry verticals including airline, lodging, retail and financial services. He holds an Honours Degree in Management Studies and French from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Mr Allsop is currently a serving member of the board of governors of the University of Brighton.
Shailesh Baidwan is President, Marketing Services and is responsible for developing and executing Aimia's growth strategy across the Global 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.
Tor Lønnum is Chief Financial Officer. He brings 17 years of financial leadership, with a strong grounding in both capital markets and operational finance in large, publicly traded, and complex businesses. Prior to joining Aimia in May 2016, Mr. Lønnum was CFO of Copenhagen-based Tryg, the second largest P&C insurance company in Scandinavia. During his time with Tryg, operating performance improved and total shareholder returns increased significantly. Between 2003 and 2011, Mr. Lønnum served as Deputy CEO and CFO of insurance company and retail bank Gjensidige Forsikring ASA and oversaw the company's demutualization and IPO. Mr. Lønnum qualified as an accountant in Norway and worked at Deloitte and KPMG in the early stages of his career. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bristol and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He sits on the Board of TGS Nopec ASA (OSLO: TGS).
Vincent R. Timpano is President, Coalitions. In this role, Mr. Timpano has full accountability for leading, innovating, and growing Aimia’s flagship coalition loyalty programs which include Aeroplan in Canada and Nectar in the U.K. He is also responsible for growing Insights 2 Communication (i2c), and Intelligent Shoppers Solution (ISS) in the U.K. 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 the 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. He was also a member of the United Way Board for 10 years, during which he participated in various committees. 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 and delivery globally. She is also responsible for global communications, corporate reputation and oversight of global 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, holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and currently serves on the Board of the Hincks Dellcrest Centre and as a member of its Finance, Resource & Audit Committee.