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Duncan Bureau departs Canada Jetlines; Charles McKee to oversee commercial

  • Air
  •   06-23-2023  11:26 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Duncan Bureau departs Canada Jetlines; Charles McKee to oversee commercial
Duncan Bureau (left), Canada Jetlines' chief commercial officer, is leaving the company. Charles McKee (right), effective June 28, will oversee commercial activities. (File photo/LinkedIn)
Pax Global Media

Canada Jetlines has announced some leadership changes.

According to a press release issued on Friday (June 23), Duncan Bureau, the airline’s chief commercial officer, will be departing the company to pursue other opportunities.

Bureau, notably, assisted Jetlines with its start-up and the launch of several commercial systems and integration into distribution platforms.

To replace him, Charles McKee has been hired to lead the airline’s commercial activities, effective June 28, 2023.

Mr. McKee is an experienced executive across the travel space, with chief marketing and revenue responsibilities in the travel technology, airline, hotel and national destination marketing sectors.

“Charles brings with him more than 30-years of experience with leading travel companies, in marketing, branding, sales and revenue management. He is an excellent addition to the Canada Jetlines team and will focus on growing brand awareness, distribution channels, and sales and revenue growth for the company,” said Canada Jetlines’ CEO and President, Eddy Doyle.  

Mr. McKee’s most recent corporate assignment was SVP, Commercial Products, for Sabre Corporation.

There, he led a global team in solution design and management of the revenue optimization and pricing, network planning, data and analytics, and low-cost carrier reservation platform products for the world's best airline and agency customers.

His prior work has included Executive Director, Markey Int’l, a boutique investment and advisory group focused on the travel space; chief commercial officer roles at Radisson Hotel Group Americas and; chief marketing roles at Delta Hotels & Resorts, Malaysia Airlines, and Air Canada; and senior leadership roles at the Canadian Tourism Commission and Virgin Atlantic Airways. 

McKee has worked in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, New York and London, before moving to Canada two decades ago. He graduated from Harvard University with an honourus degree in East Asian studies.

Canada Jetlines, in a statement, thanked Mr. Bureau for his contributions to the company and “wishes him well in his next endeavors.”

A planned exit 

Speaking with PAX over the phone on Friday, Bureau described the move as a "planned exit," saying that he is excited to pass the reins over to McKee, who he referred to as "a seasoned airline and aviation executive and long-time friend." 

"I wish Jetlines, and the team, tremendous success on a very exciting business that we started together," Bureau said. "I’m looking forward to seeing the airline grow and be prosperous with the experienced team they have." 

Bureau will be making an announcement soon about his next steps. While he couldn't share any details yet, he said he will be joining an "exciting organization" within the aviation sector. 

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