Son of Rocky Mountaineer founder takes helm as chief executive

The son of Rocky Mountaineer founder Peter Armstrong is stepping up to the role of chief executive. 

Tristan Armstrong takes the helm as the luxury family-run North American train company marks its 34th year of operations. 

Vancouver-based Rocky Mountaineer is recruiting for a president/chief operating officer “to provide day-to-day operational oversight”. 

This role will work closely with Tristan Armstrong as he focuses on the longer-term growth and strategic direction for the business, according to the company.

Tristan Armstrong has served on the board of directors since 2016 and previously worked in numerous roles on Rocky Mountaineer’s operations and guest experience teams.

He is also president and chief executive of Major Rock Corporation, a multi-generational organisation run by the Armstrong family, which includes businesses in the hospitality, real estate and private equity sectors, as well as the Armstrong Family Foundation.

Tristan Armstrong said: “Rocky Mountaineer is a life-long passion for both me and my family. My sisters, Ashley and Chelsea, and I have grown up with the business, so to become the CEO and build on this family legacy is truly an honour and a privilege. 

“I look forward to being even more involved in connecting with our partners, nurturing a strong internal culture, and delivering an exceptional service for our guests.”

Peter Armstrong said: “This is great news for everyone who believed in Rocky Mountaineer, be those our amazing team members, cherished guests, supportive suppliers, or valued tourism industry partners. 

“Tristan’s appointment as CEO demonstrates our family’s commitment to those who mean the most to us — those who assisted in building Rocky Mountaineer into a tourism icon. 

“Tristan is a passionate, culture-driven leader who is wholeheartedly committed to leading the business and preparing it for future growth. 

“With Tristan as CEO, and Ashley and Chelsea serving on the board of directors, I am immensely proud to have the second generation of our family leading Rocky Mountaineer forward.”

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