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SITA names new CEO, awarded Air Transport News ‘IT Company of the Year’


The SITA Board of Directors announced that Barbara Dalibard has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SITA, effective 1st July 2016.

Ms. Dalibard will replace current CEO Francesco Violante who will step down in the second half of 2016 after 10 years as CEO of the SITA Group.

Ms. Dalibard joins SITA from SNCF (the French National Railway Company), a Fortune 500 company, where she served as CEO of SNCF Voyageurs; which manages all passenger traffic, long distance and commuter services; and was a member of the French rail operator’s Management Committee. Prior to joining SNCF in 2010, she spent seven years with Orange Business Services, five as CEO and President, Equant.

Dalibard spent the majority of her career at France Telecom where she held a variety of senior management positions and was responsible for creating new Internet and mobile service offerings. Later, she became head of the company’s enterprise offering, first for France and then internationally.

A French national, Dalibard holds a Master of Science and Engineering from Telecom ParisTech, and a Master of Mathematics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Ecole Polytechnique and the University of Montreal.

During Mr. Violante’s tenure, SITA has achieved consolidated revenues of US$1.7 billion in 2014 and has realized year-on-year incremental growth. His legacy includes SITA’s win of over US$1 billion worth of new business repeatedly since 2006, an improvement in margin to record levels and a strong cash position which has increased the overall economic value of SITA to the air transport community.

IT Company of the Year

IFExpress is reporting that Air Transport News (ATN) has recognized SITA as the 2016 ‘IT Company of the Year’.

The 2016 award was based on SITA’s significant leadership and innovation in developing solutions that transform air travel through technology.

Francesco Violante, outgoing CEO of SITA said: “Winning this award two years in a row is a significant achievement and a strong validation of our unwavering collaboration and contribution to the air transport community. SITA works with nearly every airline and airport in the world, so for them to select us as the IT leader in air transport is really a testament to the value we bring to the community.”

SITA provides a broad portfolio of solutions that helps governments modernize border security and facilitate the air travel experience. By integrating biometrics into existing airport common-use infrastructure and airline and government systems, SITA makes the passenger journey simple, fast and secure.

In addition, SITA’s API platform, Developer.aero, is widely recognized as the provider of the industry’s key APIs enabling game-changing innovations for passenger experience, airport management, flight operations, and the connected aircraft.

SITA has also invested significantly in its SITA Lab to explore emerging technology on behalf of the air transport community in areas including artificial intelligence, big data, wearable tech and the ‘Internet of Things’.

Award winners were selected by the website’s 42,000 readers over two months of online voting and validated by a jury of industry leaders. The award was presented to SITA on 26 March at an Air Transport News event held in Salzburg, Austria.

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