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About SITA

The SITA Council plays a significant part in the overall governance of SITA

As a member-representative body, the SITA Council has the role of representing and safeguarding the interests of SITA's membership with the right of final approval over specific, important matters relating to the high-level direction of SITA. 

The SITA Council is also consulted on any other matter having a material impact on services provided to the SITA members. 

Finally, and very importantly, the SITA Council is tasked with gathering community opinions and reporting back to the community on their actions. 

 

SITA Council composition

The SITA Council is composed of up to 34 representatives, 20 from SITA's top 20 customers, 10 airline geographical group representatives and four industry-specific group representatives. 

The SITA Council is chaired by the Council President, who is a representative of a SITA member organization.  

The SITA Council has two standing committees:

  1. The Nomination Committee recommends SITA Board Directors and SITA Council President and Deputy President for appointment by the Annual General Assembly.
  2. The Membership Committee addresses membership policy and rules, as well as member admissions and expulsions.

Current composition of the SITA Council

  • Jappe Blaauw, KLM - President
  • Philip Hawker, British Airways - Deputy President
  • Radin Asrul Adza, representing the Airport Group (Malaysia Airports)
  • Kemeredin Bedru, representing the Sub-Saharan Africa Group (Ethiopian Airlines)
  • Matthew Billings, representing the Northern Europe Group (Virgin Atlantic Airways)
  • Lawrence Chai, Malaysian Airline System
  • Kelly Cunningham, United Airlines
  • Osama Anwar Elsisi, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group 2 (Egyptair)
  • Anton Eremin, representing the CIS & Russia Group (Siberia Airlines)
  • Karamu Ford, American Airlines
  • Richard Forson, Cargolux Airlines International
  • Jay Fredericks, Delta Air Lines
  • Takayuki Fujiwara, representing the North Asia Pacific Group (All Nippon Airways)
  • Greg Gilchrist, representing the ICT Group (Sabre)
  • Jassim Haji, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group 1 (Gulf Air)
  • Luc Hennekens, Qantas Airways
  • Daniel Ho, Qatar Airways
  • Omar Jefri, Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Laurent Jossart, representing the Southern Europe Group (Luxair)
  • Jean-Christophe Lalanne, Air France
  • Sang Man Lee,  Korean Air Lines
  • Joe Locandro, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Sunita Marwah, Air India
  • Phinda Ncala, South African Airways
  • Rob Putter, Etihad Airways
  • Roland Schuetz, Lufthansa
  • Eash Sundaram, representing the North America Group (JetBlue Airways)
  • Nelson Tapia, representing the Latin America & Caribbean Group (LATAM)
  • Arnaud van Rietschoten, Emirates
  • Brant Venice, United Parcel Service
  • George Wang, Singapore Airlines
  • Saroj Yuttatri, representing the South Asia & India Group (Thai Airways)

SITA Council committees

Nomination

Recommends SITA Board Directors and SITA Council President and Deputy President for appointment by the Annual General Assembly

Current composition

  • Daniel Ho, Qatar Airways (Co-Chair)
  • Brant Venice, United Parcel Service (Co-Chair)
  • Matthew Billings, representing the Northern Europe Group (Virgin Atlantic Airways)
  • Kelly Cunningham, United Airlines
  • Karamu Ford, American Airlines
  • Greg Gilchrist, representing the ICT Group (Sabre)
  • Jassim Haji, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group 1 (Gulf Air)
  • Laurent Jossart, representing the Southern Europe Group (Luxair)
  • Arnaud van Rietschoten, Emirates

Membership

Addresses membership policy and rules, as well as member admissions and expulsions

Current composition

  • Matthew Billings, representing the Northern Europe Group (Virgin Atlantic Airways) - Chair
  • Jay Fredericks, Delta Air Lines
  • Philip Hawker, British Airways
  • Laurent Jossart, representing the Southern Europe Group (Luxair)
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