NICHOLAS E. CALIO - President & CEO - Airlines for America
Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading passenger and cargo airlines.
Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that
drives nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs. Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs, and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee.
Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Calio served as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush, with primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House legislative strategy. In 1993, Mr. Calio co-founded O’Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm rated by a Fortune Magazine survey as “one of the ten most powerful” in Washington.
Mr. Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University. He also serves on the Board of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He has received the Excellence in Business Award from the Sons of Italy Foundation; the Business Leadership Award from The Fund for American Studies; and the People Who Move America Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
PHILIPPE CHEREQUE - President - American Express Global Business Travel
Philippe Chérèque is President of American Express Global Business Travel, responsible for GBT’s customer-facing organizations, including Sales and Client Management, Global Business Consulting, Meetings & Events, as well as Supplier Relations, Marketing and Technology.
Mr. Chérèque previously held the role of Executive Vice President of Commercial at Amadeus Technology Group SA, where he led the worldwide implementation of Amadeus Technology’s commercial strategy. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, responsible for driving and coordinating the company’s business development, marketing, technical architecture and product plan. Mr. Chérèque joined Amadeus Global Travel Distribution S.A. as one of the founders in 1987.
Prior to joining Amadeus, Mr. Chérèque worked at Air France for seven years, where he held a number of managerial positions in operational research, computer analysis and passenger application software development.
A graduate Engineer of the Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Mr. Chérèque also holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics from the University of Paris.
MIKE PREMO - President & CEO - ARC
As president and chief executive officer and a member of ARC’s board of directors, Mike Premo leads the company’s strategy in bringing airlines and their agents together to do more business and do it more efficiently. He and his executive team oversee operations for ARC’s traditional accreditation and settlement work and also its rapidly growing data business. Mike became ARC’s president and chief executive officer in June 2011 after serving as the company’s vice president of business development. Mike is certified by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a Board Leadership Fellow, its highest designation. He also serves on the board of directors of Blockskye, a travel industry blockchain company.
Before joining ARC in 2006, Mike served as the senior vice president of global network for TQ3 Travel Solutions and held senior executive positions at Navigant International, TQ3’s parent company. He also served as the president of SatoTravel from 1990 to 1999. Having grown up in Minnesota, Mike began his industry career as a reservations agent at Northwest Airlines, after which he entered the agency business at Gelco Travel. He is also the proud grandfather of four granddaughters.
JOHNNY THORSEN - VP Global travel Strategy & Partnerships - MEZI
Johnny Thorsen is the “VP for Global Travel Strategy and Partnerships” for Mezi, the Silicon Valley based startup focusing on the development and delivery of the industry’s first “AI for Travel as a Service” platform
Before joining Mezi, Johnny was the Senior Director for Value Services for SAP Mobile Services based in Silicon Valley focusing on the creation of new cloud-based enterprise solutions based on current and future mobile technologies. Prior to joining SAP Mobile Services Johnny was the global product and strategy owner for Concur Risk Messaging after Concur acquired conTgo Ltd in March 2013. Johnny spent 6 years as the co-founder and CEO of conTgo focusing on “point of experience” and “duty of care” mobile travel services for corporate travel and security management.
Prior to launching conTgo Johnny held senior positions in the travel technology industry with major players such as Travelport, Sabre, GetThere, HRG and CWT –while being based in England, Australia and Norway in addition to his native Denmark. In 2010 Business Travel News named Johnny Thorsen one of the 25 most influential people in the business travel industry.
Johnny serves as a strategic advisor for multiple travel tech startups including Stabilitas, Winding Tree, Gaest, MySafeTravel, LuggageHero and MedicalTravelCompanion.