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Air Canada: Michael Friisdahl president and CEO of new unit

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Staff writer | Montreal, QC, Canada | October 3, 2012
Air CanadaOctober 3, 2012, Montreal, QC, Canada - Air Canada unveiled plans to form Air Canada Vacations, and it appoints Michael Friisdahl as president and CEO to lead its new leisure group.
Mr. Friisdahl has more than 25 years of experience in the international leisure travel and hospitality business.

Prior to joining Air Canada, he held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Group Executive Board at Thomas Cook North America.

Mr. Friisdahl previously held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Cook North America (2001-2003) and of Thomas Cook Canada (2000-2003).

Prior to joining Thomas Cook, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Partner of the tour operator Holiday Network which he successfully grew until its sale to My Travel Group plc (which subsequently merged with Thomas Cook) in 2000.