MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Transat A.T. Inc., one of the largest
integrated tourism companies in the world and Canada's holiday travel leader,
announces changes to its senior management - including the departure of two of
its three co-founders after 30 years of service to the organization - as well
as the appointment of Nelson Gentiletti as Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Gentiletti will hold his current positions of President of Transat
Tours Canada and Acting Chief Financial Officer until October 31, 2009.
Effective November 1, he will hold the position of Chief Operating Officer,
reporting directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc
Eustache. As part of his new duties, Mr. Gentiletti will oversee all of the
company's operations and be directly responsible for Transat Tours Canada,
Transat France, Transat Distribution Canada, Air Transat, Canadian Affair, Air
Consultants Europe, Jonview Canada, tripcentral.ca, Rêvatours and Merika
Also on November 1, Lina De Cesare, currently President, Tour Operators,
and Philippe Sureau, currently President, Distribution, both co-founders of
the company, will leave their positions. Both will remain members of Transat's
Board of Directors and will assume new roles as advisors to the President and
Chief Executive Officer.
"These changes represent a milestone for Transat'," Mr. Eustache said.
"This is a transition that has been in the works for some time. We are
fortunate that we can count on a talented team, which has been building
experience for many years. This is the case, for example, with Mr. Gentiletti,
who has demonstrated his leadership within the organization for several
Mr. Gentiletti joined Transat in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer before
being appointed President of Transat Tours Canada in January 2006. He was
formerly Chief Financial Officer with BCE Emergis Inc., Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer at Unican Security Systems Ltd, and Vice-President,
Finance, for Vidéotron ltée. He is a chartered accountant and a graduate of
McGill University, and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia
In the mid-1970s, Ms. De Cesare's love of travel led her to join the team
at Tourbec, then a travel agency specializing in youth and student tourism.
There, she worked alongside Messrs. Eustache and Sureau; the trio would go on
to found Transat A.T. Inc. Since January 2005, Ms. De Cesare has directed all
of Transat's tour operations: product development, purchasing, inventory
management, commercialization, sales and marketing. Her team, distributed
throughout eight countries, works in six languages.
Born in France, Mr. Sureau arrived in Canada in 1977 and joined Tourbec.
He helped found and develop several of the companies (Nortour, Trafic Voyages,
Trafic Tour France) that banded together to form Transat in 1987. From 1997 to
2000, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Transat.
Today, he heads the distribution side of the company, supervising operations
both online and via traditional networks. A committed industry player, Sureau
is a member of the Comité consultatif des agents de voyages, an advisory board
for travel agents created by the Government of Quebec, among other roles.
Transat A.T. Inc. is an integrated international tour operator with more
than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50
countries. A holiday travel specialist, Transat operates mainly in Canada and
Europe, as well as in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean Basin.
Montreal-based Transat is also active in air transportation, destination
services, accommodation and distribution. (TSX : TRZ.B, TRZ.A)
For further information:
For further information: Pierre Tessier, (514) 987-1616, ext. 4662;
Source: Transat A.T. Inc., www.transat.com