Air Canada’s Vice President Cargo, Tim Strauss will move from Toronto, Ontario to Miami, Florida and become Chief Executive Officer of U.S. cargo carrier Amerijet International (IATA: M6) on 17AUG20. He takes the seat of Vic Karjian, Amerijet’s current CEO, who will become Executive Chairman of the freight airline.
Even for insiders, these personnel decisions come completely unexpectedly. This speaks for a highly confidential negotiation strategy of all parties involved, of which not a single word got out. Until today (20JUL20), when Amerijet published a release, announcing the changes at the top deck of the carrier.
Deep air cargo background
Tim Strauss, who joined Air Canada Cargo in April 2017, brings a deep air cargo background to the position, having also worked at Northwest/Delta Cargo, Hawaiian Airlines Cargo, and Emery Worldwide. In his multiple leading positions, “he gained considerable experience in both the commercial and operational areas of the air freight business,” reads Amerijet’s statement. At Air Canada Cargo, Mr. Strauss was responsible for the entire commercial business and the freight division’s profitability, including leading, directing, developing, and implementing customer-centric initiatives and solutions.
Air Canada has not yet named a successor for the outgoing cargo chief.
Focusing on strategic planning
He replaces Vicken (Vic) Karjian, Amerijet’s current CEO at the carrier’s top deck. The Beirut, Lebanon-born manager joined M6 in 2016 with the objective to accelerate the company's growth by capitalizing on the freight carrier’s leading market position in the geographic area it served, mainly the Caribbean, as well as offering and expanding its reach beyond those markets. According to the release, Vic Karjian will become Executive Chairman of Amerijet and will focus his efforts on the company’s strategic planning, key partnerships, and growth objectives, continuing to build upon the strategic vision that he brought originally to the airline.
The succession comes amid a period of profitable growth for Amerijet as it continues to evolve from a regional heavyweight in the all‐cargo air logistics business to becoming a global air cargo provider to its customers across scheduled service, charter and ACMI / CMI operations. In addition, M6 is an active participant in the Air Mobility Command’s CRAF program.
Network keeps growing
Expanding its international reach, Amerijet received its ETOPs certification from the FAA in early 2020 and commenced scheduled non‐stop operations from Miami to Brussels in March, connecting points beyond Belgium through a European road feeder service as well as providing capacity between Europe and the company’s extensive network throughout the Caribbean, Central & South America and Mexico.
1974-founded Amerijet operates its own dedicated freighter fleet of 7 B767 aircraft throughout the United States, Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, and Western Europe (Brussels). The company provides its service region with more than 7,300 dedicated freighter flights annually. In addition to scheduled flights, Amerijet offers worldwide long‐ and short‐term ACMI and full‐service charters.
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