David McKenna has joined Rocky Mountaineer as chief executive and president.
A respected leader and innovator in the tourism industry, he was formerly president at the Banff Jasper Collection by Pursuit where he led notable tourism expansion and acquisition projects in the Canadian Rockies.
McKenna currently serves as the chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.
As chief executive of the luxury train operator, he will not only lead the company in rebuilding the business from the impact of the pandemic, but also identify and develop new tourism experiences in global destinations.
“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 can be felt across the team,” said McKenna. I am both humbled and thrilled to be a part of the team responsible for designing and achieving the next phase for Rocky Mountaineer.”
Peter Armstrong, founder of Rocky Mountaineer said the company looks forward to McKennas leadership in navigating the continuing challenges while also preparing the business for future growth.
“We are incredibly pleased to welcome David to the team. He is no stranger to the impact the pandemic has had on tourism, and his experience and fortitude in strengthening business foundations, identifying, and developing new tourism opportunities, and engaging and coaching team members will be essential to the long-term success of this company,” said Armstrong.