Air Canada Hires New Chief Financial Officer, Two Other Executives

MONTREAL (AP) -- Air Canada, which emerged from bankruptcy protection last fall, named a new chief financial officer and announced two other major executive appointments Thursday.

Joshua Koshy, the former senior vice president for information technology at Emirates Group, was named Air Canada's new executive vice president and chief financial officer. He replaces Rob Peterson, who will continue as executive vice president and CFO of ACE Aviation, which is Air Canada's parent company.

At Emirates, the Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based airline, Koshy was responsible for financial services throughout the Mideast airline group before leading its information technology activities.

The Montreal-based airline also said Sean Menke, formerly chief operating officer at Denver-based Frontier Airlines, will become a senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada. And David Tait, formerly executive VP of Virgin Atlantic's North America operations, becomes Air Canada senior VP in charge of customer service.

Menke will be responsible for all commercial aspects of Air Canada's worldwide operations, including marketing, sales, scheduling, brand, research and product development, international affairs, alliances and Jetz, the carrier's specialty charter service.

Tait will be responsible for customers' airport and in-flight experience, call centers and customer service strategy.