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, up to 10 airline geographical group representatives and up to 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:
The Nomination Committee recommends the SITA Council President and Deputy President for appointment by the Annual General Assembly.
The Membership Committee addresses membership policy and rules, as well as member admissions and expulsions.
SITA Council President
Kerry PeirseGeneral Manager - IT Infrastructure and Operations and Security, Cathay Pacific Airways
Kerry brings over 25 years of international leadership experience across IT strategy, consulting, service delivery and account management, covering both the vendor and client landscape. She is comfortable interacting across all levels of organizations from working level teams to boards.
Her core skills include delivery of global IT services, financial management, governance, and extensive program and project management experience.
Kerry’s focus is on developing collaborative teams to maximize outcomes, ensuring full transparency within and across teams and making the complex simple and understandable by all.
Current composition of the SITA Council
Kerry PeirseCouncil President, Cathay Pacific Airways
Adib CharifCouncil Deputy President, Representing Middle East & India Group (Middle East Airlines - Air Liban)
Fathi AttiQatar Airways
Mohammed BamagaSaudi Arabian Airlines
Sam CharmandQantas Airways
Chris ClairAmerican Airlines
Kelly CunninghamUnited Airlines
Abe DevEtihad Airways
Isabelle DrollRepresenting the, Northern Europe Group (TUIfly)
Sherine FahmyRepresenting the, Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
Dragan GajovicRepresenting the, Southern Europe Group (Air Serbia)
Edwin GarciaRepresenting the, South America & Caribbean Group (LATAM Airlines Brasil)
Lata GuptaAir India
Suhail Kamil KadriRepresenting the, Airport Group (Hamad Intl Airport)
Jean-Christophe LalanneAir France
Chamindra LenawaRepresenting the, Commonwealth of Independent States & Russia (Air Astana)
Cobus McQuirkSouth African Airways
Jennifer PaineRepresenting the, North & Central America Group (Southwest Airlines)
Juliana RiosLATAM Airlines Group
Getinet TadesseRepresenting the, Sub-Saharan Africa Group (Ethiopian Airlines)
Angie TinsayRepresenting the, South Asia and Pacific Group (Philippine Airlines)
Brant VeniceUnited Parcel Service
George WangSingapore Airlines
To be determinedAeroflot
To be determinedMalaysia Airlines
SITA Council committees
Addresses membership policy and rules, as well as member admissions and expulsions
- Adib Charif (Chair) Representing the Middle East & India Group (Middle East Airlines - Air Liban)
- Abe Dev Etihad Airways
- Sherine Fahmy Representing the Middle East & North Africa Group (Egyptair)
- Bardo Werum Lufthansa
Recommends the SITA Council President and Deputy President
- Abe Dev (Chair) Etihad Airways
- Omar Jefri Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Jean-Christophe Lalanne Air France
- Barbara Dalibard SITA CEO