Renaud Irminger Director, SITA Lab, SITA

Renaud will be speaking in the session, "Getting smart about identity management in air transport."

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Renaud Irminger is Director of SITA Lab, the company’s strategic research and development arm. He is responsible for overseeing projects and programs that explore new technology for the air transport industry—including mobile and wearable technology, identity management, baggage tracking, location based services and geolocation technologies, contextual mobile applications, robots and drones, big data, API platform, and many other initiatives. 

Renaud joined SITA in 2005 in the Project Management Office, as Program and Project Director responsible for Project Management Methodologies. Previously he was Director Innovation Management for Valeo, a US$15Bn automotive supplier, where he led a project to revamp innovation and product development processes.  Renaud has also held various roles in new product development, sales and business development, and program and project management at ITT Industries in the USA, and in R&D at Motorola in Switzerland. 

Renaud holds a M.Sc from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, a M.Sc. in Applied Physics from the Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He has led the SITA Lab team in developing more than a dozen “world firsts” in technology for the air transport industry. In addition, he and the SITA Lab team have won several awards, including the 2011 CAPA Award for Innovation with Malaysia Airlines and two FTE awards in 2014 for the first Google Glass live trial in the air transport industry with Virgin Atlantic Airways and for iBeacon deployment with American Airlines.  Renaud’s passion is for breaking the barriers of what is possible to do. In particular Renaud believes that we use only a fraction of what is possible to do with smartphones and he would like to help the industry to “uberize” air transport. He is based in Geneva.