‘Aloha Air Canada’ as Tim Strauss is set to replace cargo chief Lise-Marie Turpin

By Alex Lennane

The search for a replacement for Lise-Marie Turpin, well-respected cargo chief of Air Canada, has come to a close. Tim Strauss, Vice-President, Cargo, for Hawaiian Airlines, is expected to take up the post on her retirement, The Loadstar has learned.

Ms. Turpin told Air Canada last year she wanted to retire, but would wait for the right replacement. She has held the position of Vice-President, Cargo, for five years and was Managing Director, Cargo, for nearly four years. Under her tenure Air Canada Cargo has become known for its innovation, both in technology and operations. One executive told The Loadstar “she will be a hard act to follow”.

Equally, however, the Hawaiian shirt-sporting Mr. Strauss has made a name for himself in cargo, becoming one of the most enthusiastic industry chiefs. He spent four years as MD, Cargo, before becoming Vice-President, Cargo, in July 2014. He previously worked for Delta Airlines Cargo as MD Global Operations.

One executive said: “Tim Strauss is a good guy, and Air Canada is a great airline in cargo. So he’ll get a smooth-running machine that has nowhere to go but up.” It is believed that Mr. Strauss will join the carrier on April 1, while Ms. Turpin will leave at the end of April. Air Canada and Hawaiian Airlines were unable to confirm the appointment before publication.

Reprinted courtesy of The Loadstar (www.theloadstar.co.uk)

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