Rupert Duchesne is Group Chief Executive of the Corporation. In this role, Mr. Duchesne culminates more than a decade of innovative stewardship of the rapid growth of the organization from its carve-out as a division of Air Canada in 2002. Under his leadership the Corporation has grown from a single loyalty program in a single market to a truly global enterprise with operations in over 15 countries. 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 Mattamy Homes, Chair of the Board of the Brain Canada Foundation and a member of the National Council of the CD Howe Institute. A passionate supporter of the arts, Mr. Duchesne is Vice President of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Board of Trustees, a member of the boards of the Luminato Festival in Toronto, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the International Festival of Authors.
Marc Allsop is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Development. In this role, he leads the global business development team who plan and execute the expansion of Aimia’s full suite strategy into new territories, as well as supporting the enhancement of the Aimia value proposition in existing geographies. Mr Allsop joined Aimia from American Express where he spent 15 years across a range of business lines, including operations, merchant acquiring and consumer card issuing, where he was most recently responsible for business development in their European business. He has extensive global experience, spending a significant amount of time working in loyalty, business development and partnership management, working with major blue chip clients across a range of key industry verticals including airline, lodging, retail and financial services. He holds an Honours Degree in Management Studies and French from the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. Mr Allsop is currently a serving member of the board of governors of the University of Brighton.
Shailesh Baidwan is President, Global Loyalty Solutions and is responsible for developing and executing Aimia's growth strategy across the Global Loyalty Solutions Division. This Division provides clients and partners comprehensive end to end loyalty solutions across the globe with operations in Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. GLS helps clients with loyalty strategy, program design, implementation and ongoing provision of platform based solutions, campaigns, and analytics. Mr. Baidwan has more than 20 years of experience across marketing, sales, strategy and general management in both financial services and consumer products, with a proven ability to work across borders. Before joining Aimia, he spent 10 years with American Express, where he worked across multiple markets and was most recently Chief Executive Officer for American Express Banking Corporation, India. He previously spent six years at VISA in Singapore across various roles and before that he was at Nestle India in a range of roles. Mr. Baidwan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Delhi, and a Masters in Business Administration from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Liz Graham was appointed Executive Vice President, Operations and Strategic Initiatives in February, 2013. In this role Ms. Graham is responsible for overseeing the global CIO office and its strategic transformation. This includes the development and deployment of differentiated global technology products which provide scale and efficiencies to support client needs and business growth. As a founding executive of Aeroplan, the predecessor to the global entity now known as Aimia, over the last decade Ms. Graham has developed and led the full spectrum of operational support units across the enterprise and through significant corporate transformations and growth, including previous roles as Chief Operating Officer, and President USA & Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Aimia, Ms. Graham enjoyed a lengthy and successful career with Air Canada in increasingly complex and senior leadership roles in Customer Service, Business Development and Strategy culminating in her appointment, in 1998, as Vice President, Airports, where she was responsible for airport and cargo operations in North America. Ms. Graham holds the designation of Chartered Director (C. Dir) as well as the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
David Johnston was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer in February 2013. In this role, he is responsible for driving further development of Aimia’s global operating model and performance, with all operating divisions reporting to Mr. Johnston. Mr. Johnston is also responsible for the global business development team who plan and execute the expansion of Aimia’s full suite strategy into new territories. Prior to this Mr. Johnston was President and Chief Executive Officer, EMEA and Executive Vice President from January 2010. In this role, he had full responsibility for driving the expansion of Aimia's businesses in the EMEA region including Nectar, Nectar Italia and Air Miles Middle East as well as all of our proprietary loyalty and loyalty analytics businesses in the region. Mr. Johnston joined Aimia from PepsiCo where he spent 13 years in Marketing and General Management. He has had extensive global experience in PepsiCo in Europe, Latin America and in PepsiCo's global headquarters in Purchase, New York. He holds an Honours Degree in Business from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom.
Jan-Pieter Lips is President, International Coalitions. In this role, he has full accountability outside the Americas for leading and growing Aimia's existing Coalition Loyalty and data driven marketing businesses, like Nectar and Air Miles Middle East, and the launch of programmes in new countries. Mr. Lips was one of the founders of the Nectar UK business in 2002 and was Managing Director of Nectar UK from 2009 to February 2013. He is one of the pioneers of the loyalty management industry in Europe, having started his career with Loyalty Management Group in the Netherlands in 1997. Prior to this Jan-Pieter worked for retail consortium Vendex where he started his career. Jan-Pieter has lived in London UK for more than 13 years and was born and educated in The Netherlands. He holds a degree in Business Economics from the University of Amsterdam.
Tor Lønnum is Chief Financial Officer. He brings 17 years of financial leadership, with a strong grounding in both capital markets and operational finance in large, publicly traded, and complex businesses. Prior to joining Aimia in May 2016, Mr. Lønnum was CFO of Copenhagen-based Tryg, the second largest P&C insurance company in Scandinavia. During his time with Tryg, operating performance improved and total shareholder returns increased significantly. Between 2003 and 2011, Mr. Lønnum served as Deputy CEO and CFO of insurance company and retail bank Gjensidige Forsikring ASA and oversaw the company's demutualization and IPO. Mr. Lønnum qualified as an accountant in Norway and worked at Deloitte and KPMG in the early stages of his career. He holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bristol and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He sits on the Board of TGS Nopec ASA (OSLO: TGS).
Vincent R. Timpano is President, Americas Coalitions. In this role, Mr. Timpano has full accountability for leading and growing Aimia’s existing Americas coalition and data driven marketing business, Aeroplan, as well as overseeing the non-platform based business and Enhancement Services business in Canada and the Channels and Events business across North America. Mr. Timpano is also responsible for launching and developing new coalition programs across North and South America. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Aimia’s Canadian operations, where he established the strategic direction and led each of Aimia’s businesses within the region, including Aeroplan. Before joining Aimia, Mr. Timpano was President, Coca-Cola Ltd in Canada and prior to holding that position, he served as President and CEO for The Minute Maid Company Canada Inc. Mr. Timpano is currently the Chair, United Way Toronto and York Region, as well as Chair of its Governance and Human Resources Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of Business for the Arts. Mr. Timpano holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. He also holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Sandy Walker is Aimia’s Chief Talent Officer and Head of Corporate Affairs and is responsible for human resources, talent and culture strategy and delivery globally. She is also responsible for global communications, corporate reputation and oversight of global legal services and is Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of Aimia Inc. Previous to this role, Ms. Walker held senior positions at BCE/Bell Canada and Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. She joined BCE/Bell Canada in 2005, ultimately taking the post of Vice President, Human Resources - Business Markets where she successfully oversaw multiple transformational business endeavours and led the reset of Bell's Leadership Development and Talent Management programs. Prior to joining Bell, Ms. Walker was Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration at Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. where, as a member of the Executive Committee, she had full responsibility for all matters related to global human resources governance. Earlier in her career, Ms. Walker held progressively senior roles in the life and health reinsurance business, leading to the role of Head, Human Resource Services, North America for Swiss Re Life & Health. Ms. Walker is a graduate of the University of Toronto, holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and currently serves on the Board of the Hincks Dellcrest Centre and as a member of its Finance, Resource & Audit Committee.