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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
  • Omar Jefri, Saudi Arabian Airlines - Deputy President
  • TBA, representing the Airport Group
  • Kemeredin Bedru, representing the Sub-Saharan Africa Group (Ethiopian Airlines)
  • Matthew Billings, representing the Northern Europe Group (Virgin Atlantic Airways)
  • Hugh Noel Dunleavy, Malaysian Airline System
  • 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
  • Jay Fredericks, Delta Air Lines
  • Takayuki Fujiwara, All Nippon Airways
  • Greg Gilchrist, representing the ICT Group (Sabre)
  • Jassim Haji, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group 1 (Gulf Air)
  • Philip Hawker, British Airways
  • Luc Hennekens, Qantas Airways
  • Daniel Ho, Qatar Airways
  • Laurent Jossart, representing the Southern Europe Group (Luxair)
  • Jean-Christophe Lalanne, Air France
  • Qiang Li, representing the North Asia and Pacific Group (Air China)
  • Joe Locandro, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Alessandro Loddo, Alitalia
  • Sunita Marwah, Air India
  • Bill Miller, representing the North America Group (United Airlines)
  • Patrick Naef, Emirates
  • Phinda Ncala, South African Airways
  • Rob Putter, Etihad Airways
  • Roland Schuetz, Lufthansa
  • Nelson Tapia, representing the Latin America & Caribbean Group (LATAM)
  • Brant Venice, United Parcel Services
  • 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 Services (Co-Chair)
  • Matthew Billings. representing the Northern Europe Group (Virgin Atlantic Airways)
  • Karamu Ford, American Airlines
  • Greg Gilchrist, representing the ICT Group (Sabre)
  • Jassim Haji, representing the Middle East & North Africa Group 1 (Gulf Air)
  • Patrick Naef, 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)
  • Jay Fredericks, Delta Air Lines
  • Philip Hawker, British Airways
  • Laurent Jossart, representing the Southern Europe Group (Luxair)
  • Bill Miller, representing the North America Group (United Airlines)
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