Jean Lesage Airport appoints new president and CEO

Stephane Poirier has been appointed as the new president and CEO of Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB). Poirier took over from the previous president, Gaetan Gagne, on 23 April.

Serving around a dozen carriers, Jean Lesage is the primary hub serving Quebec. It’s terminal building currently has a capacity of around 1.5 million passengers annually and the airport is managed by Aeroport de Quebec.

An experienced manager, Poirier brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Oxford in the UK and has over 20 years experience in the air transportation industry.

Between 2000 and 2016, he worked at Calgary Airport where he held several positions in the air traffic development, business development and cargo development sectors. He also served as senior vice-president and CCO at the airport from 2013-2016.

“Stephane Poirier met all the criteria in our search for a high-calibre manager,” said Jean-Claude Labbe, who chairs the YQB board of directors. “As a team leader who is also results-focused, his long experience impressed the board of directors and they supported his appointment unanimously.”

With the airport in good financial health and strong passenger growth over the last 17 years, Poirier offered his sincere thanks to Mr. Gagne “for his valued contribution and constant dedication to the development of the airport over more than two decades.

“He laid the groundwork that allowed YQB to rise to the level of a world-class airport and shaped the vision from which we can now benefit. Today, we have everything we need to let YQB continue on its trajectory for the greater benefit of its passengers, the local population and the regional community.”



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