SITA Council

The SITA Council plays a significant part in the overall governance of SITA, as a member representative body. It 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 will also be 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.

The SITA Council is composed of up to 34 representatives, 20 from SITA's top 20 customers, 10 airline geographical group representatives and 4 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 to focus on certain topics:

  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

Chris Gavin
President (interim)
United Parcel Services
Osama AnwarMiddle East & North Africa Group 2
(Egyptair) (interim)
Kemeredin Bedrurepresenting the Sub-Sahara Group
(Ethiopian Airlines)
Matthew Billingsrepresenting the Northern Europe Group
(Virgin Atlantic Airways)
Jappe BlaauwKLM
Susanna BrownAmerican Airlines
Anton Ereminrepresenting the CIS & Russia Group
(Siberia Airlines)
Richard ForsonCargolux
Jay FredericksDelta Air Lines
Takayuki FujiwaraAll Nippon Airways
Greg Gilchristrepresenting the ICT Group
Philip HawkerBritish Airways
Luc HennekensQantas Airways
Omar JefriSaudi Arabian Airlines
Laurent Jossartrepresenting the Southern Europe Group
Eugene KnoesenSouth African Airways
Joshua Koshyrepresenting the Middle & North Africa Group 1
(Qatar Airways)
Jean-Christophe LalanneAir France
Qiang Lirepresenting the North Asia and Pacific Group
(Air China)
Joe LocandroCathay Pacific Airways
Alessandro LoddoAlitalia
Bill Millerrepresenting the North America Group
(United Airlines)
Patrick NaefEmirates
Mohammad Shah Newazrepresenting the South Asia and India Group
(Biman Bangladesh Airlines)
Alexander PleshakovTransaero
Francis Rajanrepresenting the Airport Group
(Bangalore International Airport)
Keiichiro SatoJapan Airlines
Vicente Tredinickrepresenting the Latin America & Caribbean Group
(Lan Airlines)
George WangSingapore Airlines
To be announcedAir India

SITA Council Committees

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee mission is to provide recommendations to the SITA Council on the proposed appointment of Directors of the SITA Board and the appointment of the Council President and Deputy President.


  • Jay Fredericks (Chair)
  • Chris Gavin (co-Chair)
  • Matthew Billings
  • Susanna Brown
  • Hugh Noel Dunleavy
  • Greg Gilchrist
  • Laurent Jossart
  • Joshua Koshy
  • Bill Miller

Membership Committee

Handles Membership issues.


  • Matthew Billings (Chair)
  • Laurent Jossart
  • Eugene Knoesen
  • Bill Miller