People: Aimia Inc (AIM.TO)
Mr. Rupert J. Duchesne is Group Chief Executive, Director of Aimia Inc. Rupert Duchesne is Group Chief Executive of the Corporation. In this role, Mr. Duchesne culminates a decade of innovative stewardship of the rapid growth of the organization from its carve-out as a division of Air Canada in 2002, the initial public offering as the Aeroplan Income Fund in 2005, conversion to corporate status as Groupe Aeroplan Inc. in 2008 and the re-branding of the Corporation as Aimia in 2011. Throughout this period, Mr. Duchesne has cultivated the ambition and passion of an ever-growing team of loyalty professionals who are redefining the nature of precise, relationship-rich, permission-based marketing. Under his leadership the Corporation has grown from a single loyalty program in a single market to a truly global enterprise. Prior to his leadership role in creating Aimia, Mr. Duchesne spent twelve years in strategy and investment consulting around the world before joining Air Canada in 1996, where he held the positions of Vice President Marketing, Senior Vice President International and ultimately Chief Integration Officer, overseeing the integration of Air Canada with Canadian Airlines. Mr. Duchesne holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor Honours degree in Pharmacology from the University of Leeds. He is a director of Dorel Industries and Chair of the boards of the NeuroScience Canada Partnership and Brain Canada Foundation. Mr. Duchesne is Vice President of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)'s Board of Trustees, where he chairs the Finance Committee, and also cochairs the Grange Park Advisory Council. Mr. Duchesne is a member of the boards of Greenwood College School, Business for the Arts, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto.
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