Managing Director

"Thomas Reynaert is Managing Director of Airlines for Europe (A4E), Europe’s largest EU airline association, since March 2016. A4E was founded in January 2016 by Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair. Prior to joining A4E, Thomas was President of United Technologies (UTC) International Operations (Europe), where he led their European government relations activities between 2008–2015. During this time, he provided counsel to the corporation and its business units on EU rulemaking and policy, and served as a corporate liaison for key decision-makers in the EU institutions and national governments. Prior to joining UTC, Thomas led the government relations and regulatory affairs team for Nortel Networks in EMEA, in 2000. Previously, he was director of EU public affairs for Lucent Technologies (today: ‘Alcatel-Lucent’). Thomas was a member of the Supervisory Board of the UTC Company OTIS Management GmbH (Germany) from 2008-2014. From 2011-2015 he was Chair of AmCham EU’s Security and Defense Committee, and in 2015 was appointed a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA). "

ACI Europe

Biography coming soon.

Air France-KLM Group

Benjamin Smith is a senior airline industry veteran, having spent twenty years at Air Canada before joining Air France-KLM as Chief Executive Officer. In 1990, while at university, he started part time as a Customer Service Agent at Air Ontario.

In 1992 he followed an entrepreneurial path and established his own retail corporate travel agency, successfully running this business for eight years. In 2002 he joined Air Canada, envisioning and subsequently leading its Tango subsidiary.

Benjamin later became Vice President, Network Planning, followed by Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in 2007, and subsequently President, Airlines (Air Canada, Rouge, Express, Cargo) and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. He assumed overall responsibility for commercial, operations, and customer service functions, and spearheaded their commercial growth strategy, resulting in impressive financial performance.

In August 2018 Benjamin Smith was appointed CEO of Air France-KLM, and in December, a member of the Air France-KLM Board of Directors.

Bloomberg Markets and the European Market Close

Guy Johnson is based in London and covers top business, economic and market moving news for Bloomberg TV and Radio. He joined Bloomberg in 2012 from CNBC. He has specialized in the aviation sector for 25 years, covering many of the industry's landmark events.

President & CEO
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Stan Deal is executive vice president of The Boeing Company, and president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council and serves as the company’s senior executive in the Pacific Northwest. Deal was named to this position in October 2019.

He is responsible for delivering a family of super-efficient airplanes to worldwide customers and leading the growth of the company’s commercial airplane programs. Today, Boeing has approximately 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is more than half of the global fleet. Before returning to BCA, Deal led Boeing Global Services (BGS), a business unit stood up in July 2017 that brought together services capabilities spanning the defense, space and commercial sectors. At BGS, Deal defined and implemented a new aerospace services development and delivery model for commercial and government customers worldwide, focused on four capability areas: Supply Chain; Engineering, Modifications and Maintenance; Digital Solutions and Analytics; and Training and Professional Services.

Previously, Deal was senior vice president of Commercial Aviation Services. In that role, he led a team in providing customer support and services to airlines and leasing companies around the globe. Under his leadership, Commercial Aviation Services generated record performance in 2014 and 2015. Formerly the services division of BCA, Commercial Aviation Services is now included in the Boeing Global Services portfolio. From 2011 to 2014, Deal was vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Management and Operations for BCA. Prior to that, he served as vice president and general manager of the BCA Supplier Management organization, where he was responsible for the strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the supply chain.

Deal has held multiple leadership roles in BCA Sales and Marketing, including vice president of Asia Pacific Sales and vice president of BCA Sales and Marketing Operations. He was also vice president of Global Network Sales, during which time he helped launch Connexion by Boeing. Since joining Boeing in 1986, Deal’s broad range of leadership positions includes leading integrated product teams for propulsion systems and structures on the 717 program, and serving as program manager for the MD-11 Japan Airlines program.

Deal serves on the board of directors for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, supporting its mission to commemorate the past and educate and inspire an appreciation for the importance of flight to humanity. He also serves on the executive board for the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Deal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.


Having joined easyJet in December 2017 Johan has launched the company’s biggest ever programme to increase operational resilience - reducing cost and improving customer experience. He has set out a significant increase in investment in easyJet Holidays, showcased a series of initiatives to increase business passengers, revealed plans to introduce a new loyalty programme and outlined plans to invest in data. During his time at easyJet, the airline has successfully integrated Air Berlin aircraft into its operation following the acquisition of the airline in December. Johan has also reaffirmed the company’s commitment to increase the proportion of female pilots with a target of 20% of new entrant pilots by 2020.

Johan has more than 30 years’ experience in the travel industry and spent his career working his way up through various organisations to become most recently the Group Deputy CEO of TUI AG and CEO of Mainstream Tourism at TUI AG.

Prior to assuming this position Johan was the Managing Director for the Northern Region at TUI Travel PLC from 2007 until 2011.

Executive Director, EU Policy
European Climate Foundation

Pete is the Executive Director for EU Policy, overseeing the ECF’s programmes for sectors including transport, buildings, energy systems and industrial decarbonization.

As such, his main focus is on the policy reforms that will be needed to ensure Europe makes a fair and prosperous transition to an economy that is smart, efficient and mainly powered by renewables.

This follows 7 years leading the ECF’s work towards achieving a clean mobility system.

Prior to joining the ECF, Pete was the EU Energy & Environment Correspondent for the international news agency Reuters, responsible for covering all aspects of European energy policy and geopolitics. This followed on from a decade at Reuters and other international news organisations, covering equity, debt and commodity markets. He also serves on a number of corporate advisory boards on sustainability and has published several books and papers on ecology.

Director-General for Mobility and Transport
European Commission

Henrik is the Director-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. He is an economist by training and holds degree from TalTech (Tallinn Technical University). He has also studied in Aarhus University in Denmark.

Between 1995 and 2004 he held various positions in the Estonian Government Office and was mainly responsible for coordinating the work for the Estonian accession to the European Union, working directly with the Prime Minister.

In 2004 he moved to the European Commission as Head of Cabinet of Vice President Siim Kallas. He went on to become Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission and then in 2015 he became Director-General for Mobility and Transport.

Throughout the years he has been awarded several honours, was named “European of the Year” by the Estonian European Movement in 2014 and has participated in ICAO Assemblies in 2010, 2013 and 2016. He is also a board member for both the Estonian School of Diplomacy and the Hermes Air Transport Organisation.

Director, DG CLIMA
European Commission

Beatriz Yordi specialised in fundamental physics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. A pioneer in renewable energy policies, she joined the European Commission in 1994, working on Eco-innovation, Green businesses, LIFE programme and renewables in DG Environment, DG Energy and EASME. Her career began at CIEMAT and in a joint venture for the first European solar PV plant. She joined DG Climate Action in 2015, and leads the team responsible for the EU Emissions Trading System, promoting carbon pricing and advancing innovation, opportunity and competitiveness in line with the Paris agreement

Transport Commissioner
European Commission

Topi Manner joined Finnair from Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordics. He has led Nordea’s Personal Banking business and been a member of Nordea’s Group Executive Management team since 2016. Prior to that, he held various management and other positions at Nordea between 1997-2016.

Executive Director, Content

Max Kingsley-Jones is executive director content at FlightGlobal. He was appointed as editor of Flight Airline Business in December 2010, having spent 14 years with Flight International, where he ultimately became deputy editor. Kingsley-Jones previously spent a decade working at Airclaims and also had a short spell with Aviation Week magazine.

International Airlines Group (IAG)

Willie Walsh became chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) when the company was created in January 2011, joining from British Airways where he was chief executive from October 2005.

IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and LEVEL. It is one of the world’s largest airline groups with 588 aircraft flying to 279 destinations and carrying around 113 million passengers each year.

Prior to joining British Airways, he was chief executive at Aer Lingus, a position he was appointed to in the aftermath of 9/11.

Born in Dublin in 1961, Willie joined Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot. He held several management positions in Aer Lingus before being appointed chief executive of Futura, a Spanish charter airline owned by Aer Lingus in 1998. He returned to Dublin with Aer Lingus in 2000 where he took up the role of chief operating officer and was subsequently appointed as chief executive in October 2001.

He completed a Master of Science in Management and Business Administration at Dublin’s Trinity College in 1992. 

Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO
Lufthansa Group

Carsten Spohr has been Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since May 2014. He has been a Member of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Group since January 2011 and held various management functions in the Lufthansa Group since October 1994 including CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines as well as CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG. He completed a management training course at Deutsche Aerospace AG before pursuing his career at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. He holds a degree in industrial engineering and a Lufthansa captain´s license for the aircraft of the Airbus A320 family.

Member of European Parliament

Caroline Nagtegaal MEP (1980) was elected in the European Parliament since November 2017 on behalf of the Dutch liberal party VVD. The VVD is part of the Renew Europe group. She just started her new mandate and she wants to make the next five year to a success.

As substitute member of the Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN) and vice-chair she deals with aviation conventions, Single European Sky, rules for road transport and sustainability of the harbours. She wants to remove barriers for rail and inland shipping and tackling unfair competition from China and Gulf States for our maritime and aviation sector.

As substitute member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) she is involved in subjects as macro-economics, financial regulations, EMU, FinTech, Bitcoin and crowdfunding. She focusses on improving the resilience of the financial markets and enhancing growth potential of European SMEs, for example by developing an EU framework for crowdfunding. She is also working on a new budgetary tool that promotes structural reforms in the Member States. Besides that, she is part of the Sky & Space Intergroup in the European Parliament.

Prior to her election to the European Parliament, Ms. Nagtegaal worked at Royal Schiphol Group and Port of Rotterdam Authority. She dealt with public & external affairs for those companies.

Executive Vice President, Renewable Aviation

Thorsten served as Head of Fuel Procurement (global), Lufthansa Group (2001 - present), Product Manager, Automotive Lubricants, FUCHS DEA Schmierstoffe GmbH&Co KG (1999-2001) and Industry Lubricants, DEA Mineraloel AG (1998 – 1999) as well as Marketing Manager and Pricing Groundfuels, DEA Mineraloel AG (1992 – 1997). Member of the IATA Fuel Working Group since 2006, Member of the Star Alliance Fuel Advisory Group since 2004 and Chairman of the IATA Commercial Fuel Group in 2014 – 2016.

Ryanair Holdings

"Mr. Michael O’Leary has served as Ryanair CEO since 1993. Born in a stable, at Christmas 1961, he was a boy genius who excelled academically and in the sports field. Having represented Ireland at bog snorkeling and flower arranging, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin as soon as they could get rid of him. He became a very boring KPMG accountant until yet another failed career choice sentences to him to lifelong servitude in the airline business, as he is manifestly unsuitable for employment in any properly functioning industry. Due to his unique combination of rugged good looks, supreme intellect and profound humility, Ryanair has grown to become Europe’s favorite airline. Unlike many successful businessman, he holds no honorary doctorates or titles, since no respectable institution would wish to have its reputation tarnished by association with him. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to George Clooney’s younger brother, it is widely known that women find him (sadly) resistible, and even his 4 children think he’s ‘’stupid”. "

Member of the Group Executive Committee and Group Director Corporate & External Affairs
TUI Group
Professor, Department of Management, Information and Production Engineering
University of Bergamo

From 2001, Full Professor of Finance at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bergamo.

From 2006 to 2016, Scientific Director of the ICCSAI (International Center for Competitiveness Studies in the Aviation Industry).

From 2009 to 2012, External examiner in the MSc in Air Transport Management at the Department of Air Transport of the Cranfield University (UK).

From 2009, Airneth Academic Fellow and member of the Airneth Scientific Board, an international group of the most representative academic researchers in Air Transportation.

From 2009 to 2015, Rector of the University of Bergamo.

From April 2011 to September 2013, Secretary General of the CRUI (the Italian Council of the Rectors of Italian Universities).

From September 2013 to September 2015, President of the CRUI (the Italian Council of the Rectors of Italian Universities).

From April 2013 to April 2017, Board Member of the EUA (European University Association).

From January 2016, Member of the Steering Committee of the Istituto Toniolo, founder and promoter of the Sacred Heart University of Milan.

In June 2016, Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

From July 2016, Member of the Coordinating Council for Higher Education of Portugal, an advisory board of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education.

From November 2016 to May 2018, Chairman of the Coordination Committee of the Human Technopole.

From May 2017 to December 2019, Special Commissioner of Alitalia, nominated by the Ministry of Economic Development.


Carlos holds a degree in Business Administration from Madrid’s ICADE (University of Comillas, 1992) majoring in Finance, and an MBA (1998) from the Harvard Business School.

He started his professional career in the family-run company Antonio Muñoz y Cía. (AMC). After his MBA, he moved to San Francisco, California, as a consultant for McKinsey.

In 2003, Carlos founded Vueling Airlines (today one of the largest low-cost airlines in Europe), where he served as CEO from 2003 to 2007, leading the company to a successful flotation in the stock market in late 2006. From 2009 to 2011, Carlos prepared his second airline project, Volotea, which started operations in 2012. Carlos gathered a team of first-rate investors and professionals with vast experience in the airline industry. In 2018, new selected investors joined his project, supporting the fastest-growing independent airline in Europe.

Volotea connects medium and small-sized European cities with non-stop flights at very competitive prices and has carried more than 25 million passengers. In 2019, Volotea expects to carry between 7.5 and 8.0 million passengers. Workforce exceeded 1,300. In 2020, Volotea will operate 38 aircraft, between Airbus A319s and Boeing 717s, serving 346 routes that link more than 90 cities in 13 European countries.