SITAOnAir Announces New CEO

SITA has announced that David Lavorel, currently SITA’s Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and CEO Office, will become Chief Executive Officer of SITAONAIR effective 1st January 2016. Lavorel will succeed Ian Dawkins who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

Francesco Violante, CEO of SITA, said: “During his five year tenure leading OnAir, which became SITAONAIR in January of this year, Ian has grown the Company and positioned it as a leading provider of nose-to-tail connected aircraft solutions. I would like to thank Ian for his hard work and dedication and wish him the best in the next phase of his career.”

David Lavorel joined SITA in 2000 and held roles as Head of the France Telecom Partnership management and as Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions before being appointed as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and CEO office in 2012.

Lavorel has been active in driving growth at SITA, including with the development of SITA’s 2020 Vision and Strategy, the evolution of OnAir as a fully owned subsidiary of the SITA Group three years ago, and driving SITA’s connected aircraft strategy which led to the creation of SITAONAIR earlier this year. He has also served as a Board Director of OnAir.

“Under David’s leadership, SITAOnAir will continue its strategic focus on growing revenues and helping airlines realize the full potential of the connected aircraft,” Violante said. “He is well positioned to lead the organization in its next phase of growth and we wish him much success in this new role.”

Marisa Garcia

After working for sixteen years in aviation, specializing in aircraft interiors design and aviation safety equipment, and getting hands-on with aircraft cabins in hangars around the world, Marisa Garcia turned her expertise into industry insight. She has been reporting on aviation matters since 2014. Every day, she's putting words to work.

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