Luxury rail icon Rocky Mountaineer kicks off the new year with a warm welcome to new CEO and President David McKenna.
McKenna, who chairs the board of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, took the reins Jan. 4.
“I am thrilled to join the Rocky Mountaineer team at this exciting time in the company’s 32-year history. Despite the challenges of the past 21 months, there is a sense of optimism at Rocky Mountaineer that reverberates throughout the team,” McKenna said.
“From iconic routes through the Canadian Rockies, to the all-new route of the American Southwest, to fascinating opportunities yet to be discovered, the future is bright for this world-renowned tourism team. I am both humbled and thrilled to be part of the team responsible for designing and delivering the next phase of Rocky Mountaineer.
Prior to joining Rocky Mountaineer, McKenna was President of the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit, where he led major tourism expansion and acquisition projects in the Canadian Rockies.
As President and CEO of Rocky Mountaineer, McKenna will lead the company in rebuilding the business from the impact of the pandemic and identifying and developing new tourism experiences in global destinations.
“Rocky Mountaineer is an iconic tourist experience, a world champion. So it’s only fitting that we have a tourism visionary, champion and innovator as our new President and CEO,” said John Furlong, Chairman of the Board of Rocky Mountaineer.
“We are building this business to be stronger, more resilient and more impactful than ever. Exciting days are ahead for Rocky Mountaineer, so we’re thrilled that David will be the one to lead the way, grow the business, inspire and empower our team members to succeed.
“We are extremely happy to welcome David to the team. He is no stranger to the impact the pandemic has had on tourism, and his experience and courage in strengthening business foundations, identifying and developing new tourism opportunities, and engaging and Coaching team members will be critical to the long-term success of this venture. said Peter Armstrong, founder of Rocky Mountaineer.
“David has been a Rocky Mountaineer business partner for over 15 years; he knows our product and has worked with many of our team members. We look forward to his leadership in meeting the ongoing challenges while preparing the business for future growth.