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.
STEPHAN COPART - Head of Projects and Innovation Financial and Distribution Services - IATA
Stephan Copart has over 20 years’ experience in the air transport industry and joined IATA in 2008, based in the Geneva office.
Throughout his career, Stephan has developed expertise in strategy, digital transformation, program management, marketing, sales, and operations through global organizations
Stephan is currently responsible for developing and implementing the innovation strategy of IATA’s Financial and Distribution Services division. Stephan is also responsible for managing IATA’s FDS Project Management Office and Strategic Planning.
Previously, Stephan was managing the Fast Travel program globally. The program is one of the StB initiatives mandated by IATA’s Board of Governors and represents US$ 2.0 billion in annual savings for the airline industry. Fast Travel is a suite of self-service options to add further efficiency to the travel experience from check-in to baggage.
Before joining IATA, Stephan spent 10 years at IER, one of the leading IT companies for the Air Transport industry. Stephan held a number of senior management positions in France and the UK, including General Manager Northern Europe, Vice President Marketing and Vice President Software Sales.
Prior to IER, Stephan started his career with Air Promotion Group (APG), the world’s leading network for airline services.
TEWOLDE GEBREMARIAM - Group Chief Executive Officer - Ethiopian Airlines
Tewolde GebreMariam was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines in January 2011. He began his career at Ethiopian in 1985 as Transportation Agent and held a number of senior leadership positions in different divisions in the Airline including Ethiopian Cargo, Area Offices and Sales & Marketing.
In his role as CEO, Mr. Tewolde has been a multiple award winner including ‘African CEO of the Year’, ‘Best African Business Leader’, ‘The Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership’ and ‘The Most Gender Focused CEO Award’.
Mr. Tewolde also serves as a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport with United Nations, Chief Executive Board member of Star Alliance, Board member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlink Advisory Council. Additionally, he is an Executive Committee member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), a member of Board of Directors of Africa Travel Association (ATA) and Board of Directors of Ethiopian Tourism Organization (ETO).
Mr. Tewolde graduated from Addis Ababa University with B.A. Degree in Economics. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Open University in the United Kingdom. He has received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa from Addis Ababa University in July 2019.
CLIVE JACKSON - CEO & Founder of Alyssum Group - CEO & Founder of Victor
A highly accomplished and experienced tech entrepreneur, Clive has always been at the forefront of the digital revolution. As a successful innovator of web services and e-commerce platforms, his unique blend of creative vision, technical knowledge and background in corporate finance have enabled him to profitably exploit opportunities across the automotive, technology, media and leisure sectors. Clive has a proven track record of CEO leadership across 15 successive companies and scaling businesses to 140 employees globally.
Clive’s first business venture was Global Beach which he founded in 1993 as one of the U.K.’s first digital design marketing agencies. With a corporate finance background, Clive studied C and C++ over an 18-month period to become one of the UK’s leading software programmers in his field, developing proprietary platform systems, from file compression, video play back, CRM and encryption to consumer e-commerce platforms.
Clive founded Autotorq in 2001 to provided Software as a Service to leading automotive manufacturers and their franchises dealer network across 52 companies. Autotorq is a global top five automotive Web Services Company. Clive remains chairman of the business and is currently supporting a management buyout.
In 2011, Clive launched on-demand private jet charter business Victor out of a frustration with the inconveniences of commercial air travel and the lack of transparency in the jet charter industry. Victor revolutionised the jet charter industry with its on-demand, fully-transparent and subscription-free global marketplace. Clive launched Alyssum Group in early 2018 and thereby re-positioned Victor as subsidiary of the group. Through major investment and acquisition Alyssum Group is creating a digital eco-system marketplace servicing the entire aviation community – customers, operators, brokers and suppliers.
THOMAS JAEGER - CEO & Founder - CH-Aviation
Thomas Jaeger is the CEO and founder of ch-aviation, an airline intelligence provider serving airlines and industry suppliers from the aircraft finance, MRO, IT and airport industries.
Prior to setting up ch-aviation and turning it from a hobby project into a SME with close to 30 employees and hundred of customers, Thomas served as the Director of Product Management for Mercator Asia, TIK Systems, and Radixx having been in charge of the product road maps of two airline passenger servicing systems and implementing airline IT solutions for dozens of airlines across the globe.
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.
THOMAS REYNAERT - Managing Director - Airlines for Europe (A4E)
Thomas Reynaert is Managing Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E), Europe’s largest EU airline association, since March 2016. A4E was founded in January 2016 by Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair.
Prior to joining A4E, Thomas was President of United Technologies (UTC) International Operations (Europe), where he led their European government relations activities between 2008–2015. During this time, he provided counsel to the corporation and its business units on EU rulemaking and policy and served as a corporate liaison for key decision-makers in the EU institutions and national governments.
Prior to joining UTC, Thomas led the government relations and regulatory affairs team for Nortel Networks in EMEA, in 2000. Previously, he was director of EU public affairs for Lucent Technologies (today: ‘Alcatel-Lucent’).
Thomas was a member of the Supervisory Board of the UTC Company OTIS Management GmbH (Germany) from 2008-2014. From 2011-2015 he was Chair of AmCham EU’s Security and Defense Committee, and in 2015 was appointed a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA).
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.
PIETER BOOTSMA - EVP Commercial & Revenue - Air France KLM
Born in 1969, Pieter D. Bootsma is a graduate of the Technical University of Twente and holds a PhD in Business Engineering & Management Science. He is also an alumnus of Columbia University (USA) and IMD (High Performance Leadership, Singapore).
Pieter Bootsma has 25+ years’ experience in commercial airline industry and has held top management positions in both KLM and AirFrance KLM Group. He achieved repeated success in maximizing revenues, optimizing network positioning, negotiating and building joint ventures, development and implementation of commercial strategy and innovation for AirFrance KLM (digital, distribution, customer interaction and loyalty management).
He was a member of the Airline Tariff Publishing Company board of directors (Washington, USA) (2004 – 2009) and a member of the KLM Executive Committee (2011 – 2013).
Pieter Bootsma is Executive Vice President Commercial & Revenue for Air France-KLM Group (since 2018); Chairman of the board of directors of Transavia France (since 2013); a member of Air France board of directors (since 2016); and a member of Air France KLM Group Executive Committee (since 2013).
Pieter Bootsma is married and lives with his wife and four children in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He loves sailing, football and running.