Calin Rovinescu Elected as New Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board

Calin Rovinescu Elected as New Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive 
SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Calin Rovinescu, President and 
Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, has been elected as the new Chairman of 
the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Rob Fyfe, CEO Air 
New Zealand, who held the post for the last two years. 
"On behalf of all Star Alliance members I thank Rob for his personal 
commitment, support and leadership in driving our alliance forward and in 
strengthening relations between the alliance partners. Indeed, we have all 
benefited from Rob's presence as Chairman of the CEB. Following a highly 
successful seven-year tenure as CEO of Air New Zealand, Rob has elected to 
retire at year-end and while we are very sad to see him leave, we know that 
his contributions to the Star Alliance will endure." Rovinescu said. 
In his role as CEB Chairman, Rovinescu will conduct the two annual board 
meetings and act as the designated spokesperson for the board. 
Reflecting on his tenure, Fyfe commented: "I was proud to lead the board over 
the last two years. The Alliance needs careful steering in these interesting 
times for the aviation industry and Calin is an excellent choice to lead the 
group through the challenges to come." 
Rovinescu said he was looking forward to working with the board over the next 
two years to deepen the alliance and pursue shared priorities. These would 
include strengthening the global network, focusing on providing a seamless 
travel experience and maintaining the loyalty of customers through superior 
service and convenience, he added. 
"Partnerships are essential to succeed in this business and few partnerships 
have been as beneficial to their members and customers as the Star Alliance," 
Rovinescu said. 
"It is my determination to see that we continue to foster commercial 
cooperation among member carriers to further strengthen our position as the 
leading global airline network." 
The CEB is the controlling body of the Alliance and each of the 27 member 
airlines is represented by their respective CEO. The CEB provides the overall 
strategic direction of the Alliance, approves the appropriate funding and 
votes on the admittance of new member airlines. 
About Star Alliance: 
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global 
airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to 
the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised 
by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award 
and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The 
member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, 
Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, TACA Airlines, 
Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian 
Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen 
Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP 
Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air has been 
announced as future member. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more 
than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries. 
Star Alliance Press Office Tel: +49 69 96375 183 Fax: +49 69 96375 683 
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