Chorus Aviation executive realignment

March 11, 2019
Written by Wings Staff
Chorus Aviation Inc. today announced a range of executive appointments, as well as the pending retirement of Rick Flynn, executive vice president and chief corporate development officer for the company.


“[Rick Flynn] has been instrumental in building our company,” said Joe Randell, president and CEO, Chorus. “Rick has been with us for over 30 years, and it is with mixed feelings that I announce his retirement from Chorus effective May 8, 2019.”


In the executive realignment by Chorus, Jolene Mahody on May 8 is set to become executive vice president and chief strategy officer. She currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer and has been with the company for 27 years. In this new role, she retains responsibility for investor relations, and will also be responsible for strategic and corporate planning, mergers and acquisitions, government and community relations, marketing, corporate communications, corporate human resources and culture.

Colin Copp effective immediately becomes chief operating officer and president, Chorus Aviation Services. He most recently served as president of Jazz and has been with the company for 30 years. In addition to being the lead executive responsible for Chorus’ relationship with Air Canada, Copp will oversee all of the Chorus aviation services with the exception of aircraft leasing which will continue to be led by Mr. Ridolfi. In this new role, Copp will also lead the development of new commercial opportunities to grow the contract flying, parts provisioning and maintenance functions at Jazz and Voyageur. Scott Tapson, president of Voyageur, and Randolph deGooyer, the newly appointed president of Jazz Aviation (noted below), will report to Copp.

Dennis Lopes effective immediately becomes senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary. He most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, and has been with Chorus for almost three years. Chorus explains Lopes has been instrumental in supporting the growth of our regional aircraft leasing business.

Gary Osborne on May 8 is set to become appointed chief financial officer. He is currently vice president, finance and business services at Jazz, and will succeed Jolene Mahody as CFO. Osborne has been with the company 14 years and will have responsibility for Chorus’ overall financial strategic direction comprising of financial reporting and planning, treasury, taxation, and internal audit.

Randolph deGooyer effective immediately becomes president of Jazz, succeeding Colin Copp. He most recently served as vice president, commercial services at Jazz. deGooyer has been with Jazz for nine years and will assume responsibility for the operation and administration of the company. Copp will remain the accountable executive to Transport Canada until the transition period is completed.

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