McKenna to lead Brewster team


Brewster Travel Canada has announced that David McKenna, vice-president of hotels and attractions, will assume the position of interim president.

Michael Hannan, former president of Brewster and the Viad Travel & Recreation Group, has resigned for personal reasons and is leaving the company. He will be available on a consulting basis to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

McKenna will report to Paul Dykstra, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Viad. Cynthia Ognjanov will continue to serve as the president of the Glacier Park, Inc. business unit (Glacier Park), and will assume the position of president of the Alaska Denali Travel business unit, also reporting to Dykstra.

“Much has been accomplished during Michael’s tenure as president of the Travel & Recreation Group, including the successful integration of four acquisitions, the completion of the Glacier Skywalk, a new world-class attraction in Jasper National Park, and the revitalization of the Brewster and Alaska Denali Travel brands,” said Dykstra. “We are grateful for his contributions and wish him all the best.”

He added, “We believe the new leadership structure will serve the business well as we head into 2014. Dave McKenna and Cindy Ognjanov are both seasoned leaders with a proven track record of success within our Travel & Recreation Group and I am confident in their ability, and the ability of the entire Travel & Recreation Group team, to execute against our key operational, financial and strategic initiatives.”

McKenna will lead the Brewster team into an exciting 2014, which includes the grand opening of the new Glacier Skywalk in May. McKenna is a dedicated member of the Canadian tourism community and has played a critical role in business development efforts at Brewster over the past six years, including approval and construction of the Glacier Skywalk and the acquisition and integration of the Banff International Hotel.

Go to for more.