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Air France-KLM appoints Benjamin Smith as chief executive officer

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Staff Writer | Paris, France | August 16, 2018
Benjamin SmithAir France-KLM has decided to appoint Benjamin Smith as chief executive officer who will take up his duties at the latest on September 30, 2018.
Mr. Smith is a reputed senior airline industry executive at international level.

Mr. Smith has played a major role at Air Canada over the past two decades, where he has been a key player in the airline’s economic and commercial development, its transformation, its value creation and the engagement of the teams.

Until today, Mr. Smith was Air Canada’s President Airlines and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Smith started out in 1990 at Air Ontario in parallel with his studies and in 1992 set up his own retail corporate travel agency.

He successfully helmed this entrepreneurial experience for eight years.

In 1999, he also simultaneously took on a consultancy role for Air Canada before finally joining the group in 2002.