Pauline Dhillon, Jamie Porteous Co-CEOs of Cargojet

CEO and chairman Ajay Virmani moves to role of Executive Chairman, new roles w.e.f January 1, 2024

Pauline Dhillon, Jamie Porteous Co-CEOs of Cargojet

Pauline Dhillon (left) and Jamie Porteous

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Cargojet announced a leadership transition with Pauline Dhillon and Jamie Porteous appointed Co-Chief Executive Officers (Co-CEOs).

Ajay Virmani, currently serving as CEO, will be appointed Executive Chairman, says an official release.

Dhillon, currently serving as Chief Corporate Officer and Porteous, currently serving as Chief Strategy Officer, have been integral executive members of the Cargojet team since its inception 22 years ago, the release added.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Pauline Dhillon and Jamie Porteous as Co-CEOs of Cargojet,” says Ajay Virmani, Executive Chairman, Cargojet. “Their complementary skill set, long-standing dedication to our organisation along with unwavering focus on our team, customers, and stakeholders makes them the ideal strategic successors to lead us into a new era of innovation and growth while continuing to provide a seamless service to our customers."

As Co-CEOs, Dhillon and Porteous will continue to work hand-in-hand and drive the company’s vision, mission, and strategic initiatives, ensuring that Cargojet remains at the forefront of the air cargo industry while upholding the core values and culture, the release said.

“We are excited and humbled by this opportunity,” says Dhillon. “Our focus remains on safely delivering excellence in air cargo solutions for our customers while staying true to our corporate culture and founding principles. Teamwork by our dedicated professionals prides itself on putting customers first in everything we do at Cargojet.”

Porteous adds: “Cargojet’s legacy is built on innovation and a relentless commitment to reliability and outstanding customer service. We are fully committed to continue to provide long-term value to our customers, our shareholders and to our employees.”

"Filled with gratitude"

Ajay Virmani, Executive Chairman, Cargojet

After launching Cargojet 22 years ago as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Virmani will be stepping into the role of Executive Chairman effective January 1, 2024.

“As I look back at the Cargojet journey, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work with an amazing team of dedicated and hard-working professionals who have built Cargojet into Canada’s Number 1 cargo airline," Virmani said in his LinkedIn post.

"Together we earned the trust of our customers and delivered the best-in-class service in the marketplace. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve as Executive Chairman of this great organisation, exploring growth and strategic opportunities and developing the next generation of leaders who will continue to beat the odds.”

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