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Andrés Conesa

CEO, Aeroméxico

Andres Conesa was appointed as CEO of Grupo Aeroméxico in 2005. He has been a member of the IATA Board of Governors since 2008 and was elected IATA’s Chairman during the 2015 term. He has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) and the Mexican Directive Council of the National Chamber of Aviation (CANAERO).

Prior to these appointments, from 1990 through 2005 he held several senior positions in the Mexican government, including Chairman of CINTRA’s Board of Directors (the holding company of Aeroméxico and Mexicana), Deputy Undersecretary of Public Credit with the Ministry of Finance. Mr. Conesa has also been member of the Boards of Directors of several public companies including the Mexican Stock Exchange from 2006 to 2007, Genomma Lab International from 2012 through 2015, Ienova 2013-2017 and since 2016 a member of the Board at Sempra, one of the most important energy companies in the US and currently listed on the NYSE.

Andres holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).


Federico Germani

Chief Commercial Officer, Gategroup

Federico Germani joined gategroup as Chief Commercial Officer in October 2017. Mr. Germani is a seasoned aviation industry expert with more than 14 years of experience in the Latam Group where he held the position of Corporate Senior Vice President for Services and Innovation, and several corporate global leadership roles first based in the U.S. and later in Brazil. Before joining Latam Group, Federico held leadership roles in McKinsey, Goldman Sachs and IBM. Mr. Germani holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg School of Management and an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico of Buenos Aires.

 


Aaron Heslehurst

Presenter, Talking Business, BBC World News

Aaron Heslehurst presents Talking Business with Aaron Heslehurst, a half-hour show which airs at 1330 GMT every 

weekday on BBC World News.

Heslehurst has been a familiar face on BBC World News for several years having joined the network in February 2002. He’s presented some of the channel’s flagship business shows, including Business Live and World Business Report, where he delivered the latest leading international corporate and financial news, as well as major breaking news stories.

During his time at the BBC, Aaron has reported on some of the world’s most impactful business news stories, including the global credit crunch and the subsequent global economic slowdown. Aaron also reports on the economic consequences of a range of international stories, such as the EU referendum in the UK, Donald Trump’s election, the highs and lows of global oil prices and disease outbreak. Aaron has also interviewed some of the world's biggest corporate leaders, from the World Bank to the IMF, the European Union to the World Trade Organisation.

Aaron’s specialty lies in the global aviation industry, having interviewed those at the helm of some of the world’s largest and leading airlines, including United, British Airways, American Airlines, Qantas, Etihad, SAS, Air Canada, Thai, Iberia, Air India, Malaysian, Emirates, Air New Zealand and Gulf Air.

Prior to joining BBC World News, Aaron was a Senior News Anchor with CNBC Nordic, a branch of NBC America, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He previously worked as the European Bureau Chief for Paramount Pictures and Real TV News in the USA and later in London.

A native of Australia, Aaron started his journalistic career as a News Reporter for Prime Television/Seven Network in Sydney and Canberra. There he gained vital experience in all areas of news reporting, including his first significant live-on-air and on-set work. He went on to win an Australian National Press Club award for best creative story on tourism.

Aaron graduated first in his class from University in California with an honours degree in Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies.


 

Stephen Kavanagh

CEO & Executive Director, Aer Lingus

Stephen Kavanagh was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and executive director with effect from 1 March 2015. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Stephen had served as Chief Strategy & Planning Officer since early 2014 and before that Chief Commercial Officer from 2009. Stephen joined the Company in 1988; he undertook a number of analytical and management roles in fleet scheduling and business planning departments before being appointed Operations Planning Manager in 2003. He joined the senior management team in March 2006 as Planning Director and was appointed

Corporate Planning Director in November 2007. He is a graduate of University College Dublin.


Dr. Stathis Kefallonitis 

President and Founder, branding.aero

Stathis is the President of branding.aero consulting & the co-founder of noesis laboratories. His work focuses on customer engagement, experiential marketing and biometric data use. He has directed projects with air transport regulators, catering and onboard hospitality providers, and numerous airlines and airports. He has a proven track record of facilitating workshops, seminars and conference presentations in partnership with gateroup, IATA, WTCE, the Passenger Experience Conference, APEX, and IFSA. He has authored several aviation textbooks and is a regular contributor to air transport business publications. Stathis was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA), and a Fellow of the Royal Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He holds a Ph.D. in aviation marketing from Cranfield University and postgraduate degrees from Cornell University & University of London. 


Steve King

CEO and Co-Founder, Black Swan

Steve King is the CEO and Co-Founder of Black Swan, the fastest growing start up in the UK, which combines cutting edge data science and software development to accurately predict trends in consumer behaviour. Since reading Cognitive Science the 90s, Steve has applied his tech, coding and visualisation skills to solving his clients’ challenges, helping them work out what will be important tomorrow by arming them with products that transform the way their brands create value from data. Black Swan works with some of the world’s leading consumer-faced brands including PepsiCo, Panasonic, npower and Disney.

 


Doug Parker

CEO, American

 Airlines

Doug Parker was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. He oversees American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company.

Previously, Parker was chairman and CEO of US Airways. Before the merger of US Airways and America West 

Airlines in 2005, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West. Parker became the CEO at America West just 10 days before Sept. 11, 2001, and led the carrier through the crisis.

Under Parker’s leadership, US Airways achieved record revenue growth, operational performance and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. Parker has been a vocal proponent of airline industry consolidation, which provides a more stable and competitive industry for employees, customers, communities and stockholders.

Parker’s experience prior to joining America West in 1995 includes four years with Northwest Airlines as vice president, assistant treasurer and vice president of Financial Planning and Analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American.

Parker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in 1986.

 


Calin Rovinescu

President & CEO, Air Canada

Calin Rovinescu has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada since April 1, 2009. Mr. Rovinescu was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy of Air Canada from 2000 to 2004, and also held the position of Chief Restructuring Officer during the airline's 2003-2004 restructuring. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank. Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montré

al, where he practiced corporate law for over 20 years and was a member of the firm's Partnership Board and Executive Committee.

Mr. Rovinescu was Chair of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board from 2012 to 2016 and Chair of the International Air Transport Association in 2014-2015. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, and of the Business Council of Canada.

Mr. Rovinescu holds Bachelor of law degrees from the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa, and has been awarded six Honorary Doctorates from universities in Canada, Europe and the United States. Mr. Rovinescu was named the 14th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in November 2015. In 2016, Mr. Rovinescu was recognized as Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year.


Claudia Sender

CEO, LATAM Airlines Brasil
Vice President of Customers, LATAM Airlines Group
 

Claudia Sender is Vice-President of Customers LATAM Airlines Group and CEO of LATAM Brasil. She leads marketing, services, customer experience and digital areas in all the countries where LATAM Airlines Group operates, besides being responsible for the Holding business in Brasil.

Mrs. Sender joined the company in December 2011, as the Commercial and Marketing Vice-President of TAM Airlines. After June 2012, with the conclusion of TAM-LAN combination and the creation of LATAM Airlines Group, she became the head of Brasil's Domestic Business Unit, and her functions were expanded in order to include TAM’s entire Customer Service structure. She became TAM Airlines’ CEO in May 2013.

The executive dedicated most of her career in consumer goods industry, focusing on Marketing and Strategic Planning. Mrs. Sender was Marketing Vice-President at Whirlpool Latin America and she also worked as a consultant for Bain & Company.

Mrs. Sender has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo (USP) and a MBA from Harvard Business School, in the United States.s a consultant for Bain & Company.