TORONTO, ON, April 6, 2021 - Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX: EFN) (“Element” or the “Company”), the largest pure-play vehicle fleet manager in the world, today announced that Arielle Meloul-Wechsler will be nominated for election to the Company’s Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2021. Ms. Meloul-Wechsler brings a wealth of experience in the aviation transportation sector, executive-level leadership within corporate services, as well as a proven track record in her leadership and advancement of diversity and inclusion.
Ms. Meloul-Wechsler is Air Canada's Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Public Affairs where she has oversight for all human resources and culture change initiatives across the company, labour relations, customer service training, communications, government relations and community investments. Prior to her current role, she was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Services at Air Canada advising on corporate financing, reorganization and M&A, as well as leading Aeroplan’s leadership team through its initial public offering.
"Arielle brings significant experience in corporate services for the largest airline in Canada with deep knowledge of fleet and logistics, change management, aligning teams for service excellence, and deploying strategies to support greater levels of diversity and inclusion,” said Board Chairman David Denison. “We look forward to welcoming her to the Element board as we further strengthen our client-centric culture and employee experience as part of our strategic pivot to profitable organic revenue growth."
Under Ms. Meloul-Wechsler’s leadership, Air Canada has been named for multiple consecutive years, one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, one of Canada's Top Diversity Employers, in addition to being recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada.
"Element is an industry leader, whose recent transformation is giving them competitive advantage in creating and delivering a consistent superior client experience and further differentiating the company on the global stage. They are making significant strides to harness diverse talent for the benefit of clients and the fleet management industry as a whole. I look forward to helping them advance their goals on behalf of shareholders," Ms. Meloul-Wechsler said.
Ms. Meloul-Wechsler’s appointment will fill the position currently held by Paul Damp, who is retiring. Further details about Element’s nominated directors can be found in our annual management information circular, which is available at www.SEDAR.com.
Element has also filed our inaugural ESG Report, which outlines our commitment and strategy with respect to sustainability, electric vehicles, diversity and inclusion, driver safety and corporate governance. This report highlight’s Element’s remarkable position to play a meaningful part in creating a cleaner, more equitable, and inclusive future. The inaugural ESG report can be found on our website at www.elementfleet.com/about-us/investor-relations/esg-report
Arielle Meloul-Wechsler Biography
Ms. Meloul-Wechsler is an experienced executive-level leader in the aviation transportation sector. She has spent most of her professional career with Air Canada, Canada’s largest air line by both fleet size and passengers. She is Air Canada's Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Public Affairs, and has been a member of Air Canada's Executive team since 2013.
She has oversight for all human resources and culture change initiatives across the company, labour relations, customer service training, as well as internal and external communications, government relations and community investments to support Air Canada's goal of becoming a Global Champion.
Under her leadership, Air Canada has been named for multiple consecutive years, one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, one of Montreal's Top Employers, one of Canada's Top Diversity Employers, in addition to being recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures in Canada. She is also Air Canada's Champion of Official Languages, proudly focusing on the airline's commitment and efforts in offering the greatest range of services in both of Canada's official languages. Arielle also has oversight for both the Air Canada Foundation as well as Air Canada's CSR Reporting.
She currently serves on the board of the Air Canada Foundation, the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) and the Canadian American Business Council. She was elected President of Airline People Directors' Council (APDC), an exclusive global Airline HR Leaders' Network in 2017, and in 2019 she recognized by the Women's Executive Network in 2019 as of one Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women in Business for her corporate leadership.
She is a graduate of the University of Montreal in Civil Law, and a graduate of McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ms. Meloul-Wechsler has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1993.
About Element Fleet Management
Element Fleet Management (TSX: EFN) is a leading global fleet management company, providing world-class services and financing for commercial vehicle fleets. The Company enjoys scale and leadership in key markets, a top-tier client base, strong cash flow and ready access to capital, and an investment-grade balance sheet. Element's suite of services spans the total fleet lifecycle – from acquisition and financing to program management and remarketing – helping clients optimize performance and improve productivity. For more information, visit www.elementfleet.com.
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