Brock Friesen was appointed President & CEO of First Air in 2013. In the two years prior to his appointment, he led the successful creation of a regional airline (Starbow) based in Ghana. Previously, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta, and Vice President of Finance & Strategy with Star Alliance Services GmbH in Frankfurt. From 1986 to 2000 he held various executive planning and commercial positions with Canadian Airlines in Vancouver. He holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland. He invented the first single engine hovercraft.