First Air gets a new boss

Brock Friesen names president and CEO


First Air has a new president and chief executive officer effective March 25: Brock Friesen, the First Air board of Directors announced March 25.

“Brock brings a wealth of aviation management experience to First Air,” said a news release from Makivik Corp., which owns the airline.

“His extensive industry knowledge and senior management expertise has been accumulated from previous roles with Canadian Airlines International, Star Alliance and Air Malta,” Makivik said.

Friesen recently headed “successful new regional airline in West Africa.”

Chris Ferris, who has served as First Air’s interim president and CEO since the sudden resignation of Scott Bateman from those positions last December, now becomes First Air’s executive vice-president for marketing and sales.

“With these announcements today we feel we have the expertise in place to guide the future success of First Air,” said Jobie Tukkiapik, Makivik’s president and chairman of First Air’s board. “The northern airline industry has no shortage of challenges and with these announcements today we have strengthened the management team of First Air to meet those challenges.”

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