28.05.2014 – 30.05.2014, Cavtat (Dubrovnik County), Croatia, Hotel Croatia
About the Conference
For the European Union air traffic represents a very important sector, which participates in the creation of 5.1 million jobs, contributing to 2.4% of European GDP, and despite the increasingly frequent economic crisis is expected to grow about 5% annually until year 2030. More than 150 airlines, a network of over 400 airports and 60 navigation service providers have power that is recognized across the EU economy so that attention is paid to the common air transport policy (EU aviation policy). Gradual liberalization of the European internal market and external market of air traffic set up the new and complex challenges to all participants in the sector (governments, regulatory authorities, airlines, airports, air traffic control, etc.).
European airlines are trying to find a suitable business model that will provide them with: better expenses control; market share increase; higher profits, and at the same time create the conditions for fair competition with Asian airlines, which are all entering the EU market aggressively. How can, in the recent situation, the diversification of offers and the innovative approaches to business, help to stabilize the market and enable necessary growth of carriers? How can, in the search for the right answers, help the reliance on the “best practice” of those that have proved success in the European market, and what lessons can be drawn from comparisons with competitors (benchmarking)? What are the new challenges in the area of revenue (revenue management), better quality of approaching to customers (customer proximity), building strong brands and stronger market presence?
Significant and continuous growth of air traffic reasonably raises the issue of its safety. What is being done to address the problem of airspace congestion and associated delays on one side and pressurised capacity of airports as a result of planned growth on the other side? Does the initiative of the Single European Sky (SES, SES II) answers to the great challenges that occur in the area of environmental protection and cost effectiveness? To what extent has this initiative succeeded in reforming of air traffic control? How far we have come in the de-fragmentation of European airspace, reducing delays, increasing safety standards, and reduce of flying cost and the negative impact of air transport on the environment? What technology do we need for the Future Single Sky? In what extent has been the SESAR programme projected into reality?
What are the specifics of air transport markets of Central and South-eastern Europe? What are the challenges in the political, legal, technological and ecological area which will the decision makers have to face at the macro and micro level if they want to remain competitive in the international context?
Isn’t this regional conference an ideal opportunity to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead?
Inevitably, book the 28-30 May, 2014, for 3rd Aviation Business Arena.
To whom is event intended for?
The Conference is intended for leading people and professionals in the following areas:
- Air Traffic Control
- Trade Unions
- Financial Sector
- State Administration and Local Government
- Tourism sector
- Equipment suppliers
- Technology suppliers
- Suppliers of specialized services
- Academic Community
- All others who are interested in the development of the Aviation Industry
3rd AVIATION BUSINESS ARENA
Central and Southeast Europe
– Key Issues and Major Policy Challenges –
28th – 30th May, Cavtat, hotel Croatia
1st Day – 28th May
18:00 – 19:00 Registration
19:00 – 23:00 Welcome speech/Cocktail dinner
2nd Day – 29th May
08:00 – 08:45 Registration
08:45 – 10:00 Opening Ceremony
Welcome Speech: Tomislav Gavazzi, Founder & Owner, Infoarena Group, Croatia
Welcome Speech: Darko Prebežac, Professor of Tourism Marketing and Transportation Management, Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Welcome Speech: Dragan Bilać, Director General, Croatia Control, Croatia
Keynote Speech: Jeffrey Goh, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Star Alliance
Opening and Keynote Speech: Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, Minister, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure – Republic of Croatia
10:00 – 10:30 Industry Overview: Tanja Wielgoss, Partner, A.T. Kearney, Germany
10:30 – 12:00 Roundtable 1: EU Aviation Policy – Regional Perspectives
- EU regulation and government policy on internal and external aviation market (special emphasis on the environment, competition, safety and economics of air transport)
- Current EU regulation changes and their impact on business and leisure travel in region
- Organizational challenges of regulatory bodies in EU/ECAA states (models, financing, jurisdiction, regional aspect of safety management, etc.) related to EU authority requirements
- EU strategy and plans of rulemaking (regulation vs. over-regulation, harmonization of national legislation etc.)
- The economic potential of air transport sector in Central and Southeast Europe.
- Challenges and opportunities within value-chain in air transport sector (airlines-airports-providers-manufactures)
Introductory lecture: Catalin Radu, President, ECAC – European Civil Aviation Conference, France
Moderator: Chris Tarry, Aviation Analyst and Advisor, CTAIRA, UK
- Silvia Gehrer, Director General Civil Aviation International, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
- Omer Pita, Director, Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, Croatia
- Alessio Quaranta, Director General, Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), Italy
- Catalin Radu, President, ECAC – European Civil Aviation Conference, France
- Dan Simonić, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Croatia
12:00 – 12:30 Coffee break / Business networking
12:30 – 14:00 Roundtable 2: Airlines – Evolution, Consolidation and Perspective of Business Models
- Evaluation of business models to provide better cost control, market share increase, higher profit and sustainable competitiveness
- The role of supply diversification and innovative approach in selecting appropriate business models
- Challenges in the area of revenue management, customer proximity, brand strength and stronger market presence
- How to respond to the growth spurt of Middle East and Asian carriers that are more and more penetrating EU market?
- Implications of future development of airline business models for business and leisure markets
Introductory speech: Chris Tarry, Aviation Analyst and Advisor, CTAIRA, UK
Moderator: Tanja Wielgoss, Partner, A.T. Kearney, Germany
- Mark Anžur, President of the Management Board & CEO, Adria Airways, Slovenia
- Krešimir Kučko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Croatia Airlines, Croatia
- Walter Reimann, Vice President International & Aeropolitical Affairs, Austrian Airlines
- Chris Tarry, Aviation Analyst and Advisor, CTAIRA, UK
14:00 – 14:10 Hot Spot Table Introduction
14:10 – 14:20 Lecture: The future of European Seaplane Aviation – A Life-Changer for Islanders with turbo-boost for the entire economy, Klaus Dieter Martin, CEO, European Coastal Airline, Croatia
14:20 – 15:10 Hot Spot Tables
HOT Spot Table Croatian Civil Aviation Agency: Deregulation of small airports in region, Omer Pita, Director, CCAA, Croatia
Participants would be able to get information and understand problems and potentials of possible new regional regulatory environment for development of commercial activities in the area of commercial aviation under 5700 kg MTOW.
HOT Spot Table Customer protection (Croatian Civil Aviation Agency), Ana Kapetanović, Air Law Specialist, CCAA, Croatia
Key regulations in air passenger rights have been going through revision in the last year. New proposal aims to ensure better and more efficient protection for passengers, as reflected in the European Court’s rulings, while taking into account the financial implications for the air transport sector.
HOT Spot Table APAC / Austria: SES performance targets in contradiction with cost containment targets?, Harald Matthes, ATM Expert, APAC, Austria
Maximising effectiveness doesn’t necessarily mean the same for airliners and ANSPs.
While striving to fulfil the Key Performance Areas for the SES RP-II period, ANSPs may find it difficult to maintain or even improve their own business effectiveness. The SES key performance areas SAF, ENV and CAP will require considerable effort and expenses / investments, making it difficult to reduce the own company’s costs. This may be in contradiction to the requirement of reducing the unit rate.
HOT Spot Table Eurocontrol: South East Axis, Joe Sultana, Eurocontrol
HOT Spot Table Aerosvijet: The development of tourism and aviation network of small airports in Croatia, Igor Bugarinovski, Cheif Editor, Aerosvijet, Croatia
Flight tourism is underutilized branch of Croatian tourism. Taking into account the EU market with around 100,000 private planes and 300,000 pilots and our infrastructure, with twenty-one sport airport in 13 counties, we have to ask ourselves why we do not have better organized network of aviation tourist destinations.
15:10 – 16:30 Lunch / Business Networking
17:00 – 20:00 Transfer to Dubrovnik and free time
20:00 – 23:00 Dinner
23:00 Transfer to Cavtat
3rd Day – 30th May
10:00 – 11:30 Roundtable 3: Single European Sky – Political, Economical and Technological Issues and Challenges in the Region
Panel discussion objectives:
- Solutions/answers to the challenges that the industry is facing in safety, capacity, environment protection and cost efficiency – Single European Sky initiatives (SES, SES II, SES II+)
- How to balance between four key performance areas?
- To what extent are that initiatives successful in air traffic management?
- How far we have reached in terms of de-fragmentation of European air space, on-time performance, increase of safety standards, flying efficiency, reducing the negative impact of air transport on the environment?
- SESAR – current status: what are technological achievements by now and what are the future technologies that will assure Single European Sky?
- What are the effects (positive/negative) for ANSPs and for European States regarding SES implementation?
Introductory speech: Frank Brenner, Director General, Eurocontrol Bruselles
Moderator: Andrew Charlton, Managing Director Aviation Advocacy, Switzerland
- Patrick Bernard, Senior Advisor, Single European Sky, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission, Belgium
- Dragan Bilać, Director General, Croatia Control, Croatia
- Frank Brenner, Director General, Eurocontrol
- Morten Dambaek, Chief Executive Officer, Naviair, Denmark
- Thomas Hoffmann, Chief Operating Officer, Austro Control
- Luc Lallouette, SESAR Programme Director, Thales Air Systems, France
11:30 – 12:15 Coffee break / Business Networking
12:15 – 13:45 Roundtable 4: Strategic Challenges for Airports in Central and Southeast Europe
Panel discussion objectives:
- Airport management models – lessons learned from the region
- Implementation of new airport regulation from EU and EASA
- Maximizing airport performance and efficiency
- Factors influencing airport choice for different market segments
- The contribution of airports to the local economy
Introductory speech: Donagh Cagney, Manager for Economics, Airports Council International Europe, Belgium
Moderator: Kostas Iatrou, Managing Director, Air Transport News, Greece
- Donagh Cagney, Manager for Economics, Airports Council International Europe
- Jost Lammers, Chief Executive Officer, Budapest Airport, Hungary
- Lukša Novak, Director, Airport Split, Croatia
- Roko Tolić, General Manager, Airport Dubrovnik, Croatia
13:45 – 14:00 Closing and Farewell
*NOTE: All participants of panel discussions are listed in alphabetical order.
Mark Anžur joined Adria Airways in April 2012 as a strategic sales and marketing specialist with experience in several multinational enterprises.
A graduate of economics from the University of Ljubljana (first degree in 1996 and masters in 2001), Mark started his career in sales and marketing in the FMCG sector, where he managed the turnaround, brand development and eventual sale of Intertrade d.d.. After a short period working as a head-hunter, in 2003 he moved to Bramac, a part of leading global producer of roofing material as sales and marketing director with responsibility for the Slovenian market.
In 2004, he was promoted to General Manager of Bramac Slovenia and managed its successful turnaround to become one of most lucrative companies in the country (ROE 40%). In 2006, Mark took responsibility for several of Bramac’s international markets. In 2008, he completed a course on Strategic Management at University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. In 2011, he joined A.T. Kearney as a Strategy, Sales and Marketing specialist, where he lead several projects focused on the development of strategy, effective sales and marketing and turnaround management for large international clients in Slovenia, UAE and other countries.
His hobbies are running, swimming and sailing.
Kurt Bech has more than 30 years of aviation experience. The latter 15 years as Chairman for the Marketing Group of all airport activities within the Ramboll Group with more than 11,000 team members and Head of Aviation Team in Denmark. In addition, Kurt Bech is Technical Judge and Special Adviser to Danish Government regarding Arbitration. Furthermore, Kurt Bech is Special Adviser to ICAO.
Patrick Bernard was born in 1964 in Luxembourg, G.D. of Luxembourg. He holds a scientific degree and started his career with 5 years in the manufacturing industry working on Air Traffic Management systems, before joining the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation – EUROCONTROL in 1992. He was responsible for the real-time Air Traffic Management simulator of the EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre and ATM research for 8 years, before moving to EUROCONTROL Headquarters where he was entrusted with all Air Traffic Management matters in the Cabinet of the Director General for 10 years. He has worked for the European Commission since 2011, where he is in charge of European Union activities on Functional Airspace Blocks within the Single European Sky.
Dragan Bilać (1970) graduated from the Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He started his career in the Technical Division of Croatia Airlines, continued it in Siemens Information and Communication and came to CCL (Croatia Control, Croatian Air Navigation Provider) in 2003, where he was first appointed as safety manager of CroATMP (Croatian Air Traffic Management Modernisation Project). He also led the implementation of the safety management system (SMS) in CCL and, from 2007 to his appointment as new DG of CCL in March 2013, he was in charge of the CCL Safety and Quality Department. He was also chairman of the FAB CE Safety Subcommittee from 2008-2013 and member of Eurocontrol’s Safety Team from 2007-2013. On 1 June 2013 he took over chairmanship of the FAB CE CEO Committee (CEOC) for a one-year term.
Frank Brenner has worked in Air Traffic Management for his entire career. He has been Director General of EUROCONTROL since 1 January 2013.
Since taking up his functions at EUROCONTROL, he has initiated the development of a Vision and Strategy, including the development of Centralised Services as part of the SESAR deployment.
Before joining EUROCONTROL as Deputy Director General in November 2012, Frank Brenner was General Manager Operations for FABEC (the largest of the new Functional Airspace Blocks, covering Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland). He was also Vice Chairman of EUROCONTROL’s Performance Review Commission and a member of the Performance Review Body.
Most of his career was spent in the German Air Navigation Service Provider, DFS and in its precursor organisation, BFS. Following military service in an air defence unit and a degree course in Administrative Science, he trained as an air traffic controller.
After some years as a controller and then as an expert in the Operations Department (working on, amongst other thing the consolidation of the new ACC Berlin with the former East German ACCs), he became Head of ATM Operations in 1993, focusing on the development of civil and military control procedures, capacity analysis for airspace sectors and international airports.
In 1996-97 Mr Brenner spent a period with the FAA in Washington DC before returning to become Head of ATS Operations. From 2000-2006 he was Director of Operations at the Business Unit for Aeronautical Data Management at DFS Headquarters, during which he was involved in the creation of the European Aeronautical Services Database (EAD) and the creation of a central ARO Service Centre consolidating the 17 local ARO’s.
From 2006-2011 he held the position of Director of DFS’s Control Centre Business Unit, responsible for the four DFS Control Centres serving en-route and approach in Germany, with more than 2,500 employees (incl. 1,500 controllers), controlling approximately 3 million civil and military flights. In 2010 he was Chairman of the DFS crisis cell et up to coordinate activities in Germany following the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull.
Andrew Charlton is the managing director of Aviation Advocacy, an independent air transport focused strategic consulting and government affairs consultancy based in Switzerland, with an office in Brussels. It was established in 2006.
Andrew has wide-ranging experience in the legal, commercial and aero-political aspects of all parts of the aviation industry. He has been involved in some of the most major developments in the industry. Previously, Andrew was the Chief Legal Officer of Qantas Airways before being responsible for Government Affairs for IATA and then SITA.
He has experience in airlines, service providers and industry bodies, in both the commercial and political arenas, as well as having served on a number of industry boards, including the Executive Committee of CANSO. Andrew’s clients include major industry suppliers, airlines, service providers and airports.
Andrew also regularly writes about and comments on aviation matters. He regularly speaks at and moderates industry events. Aviation Advocacy’s subscription only Aviation Intelligence Reporter is an increasingly influential monthly critique of developments. Its subscribers include senior regulators; airline, ANSP and airport senior executives; and several trade associations.
Jeffrey Goh is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at Star Alliance Services GmbH. This includes responsibility for Human Resources, Sourcing and Fuel-related projects, Legal, Finance and Project Management.
Prior to coming to Star Alliance he was with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and at Beaumont and Son, a leading aviation law firm in London. Furthermore, he was a lecturer at the University of Sheffield on public law and aviation law.
Jeffrey Goh holds a doctorate in the principles and policies of regulating airline competition and has published widely in the field of aviation law.
January 1st 2014, Thomas Hoffmann joined Austro Control, the Austrian Air Navigation Service Provider, as one of two Managing Directors and as the new Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Thomas is responsible for the Air Traffic Management services, the Engineering services and the Meteorological services of Austro Control. He is also in charge of the Safety, Quality and Security management as well as of the Consultancy department. Before taking this new challenge, the former Air Traffic Controller worked for DFS German Air Navigation Services for nearly 15 years and held several executive management positions in Germany. Between 2007 and 2013 Thomas was responsible for the Air Traffic Management services as Head of Operations at Frankfurt airport, the Upper Area Control Centre in Karlsruhe and the Area Control Centre in Langen. Additionally, he represented DFS in Washington D.C. at FAA headquarters for a period of one year during this time. Thomas holds a Master of Science degree in Air Transport Management of London City University and has been educated in terms of executive leadership skills at London Business School. Thomas, born in 1973, started his career in aviation in 1995 with Lufthansa German Airlines as a management trainee in Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Montréal. Today he lives with his family in Vienna, Austria.
Dr Kostas Iatrou is the Managing Director of Air Transport News and VP Public Relations of Air Transport Research Society.
He holds a PhD in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and is co-author of the book “Airline Choices for the Future”.
He has participated both as moderator and as speaker in more than 50 air transport conferences all over the world including ICAO, IATA, AFRAA and ACI.
He is a Visiting Professor at the Aviation MBA of LUISS Business School and Coventry University and Visiting Lecturer at Cranfield University.
His articles have featured in numerous air transport publications, such as the Journal of Airport Management, the Annals of Air and Space Law of McGill University etc. and he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Air Transport Studies.
In 2013 Kostas launched Hermes Air Transport Club with the participation of more than 50 senior executives from the air transport business.
Finally, in 2009 was deputy Mayor of Ekali, Greece, where he lives with his wife, Evgenia and his sons, George and Yiannis.
Kresimir Kucko was elected Croatia Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer in September, 2012.
In this capacity, Mr. Kucko has played a key role in positioning Croatia Airlines as the leading airline in the region and has helped the company adjust to challenges in the industry, contributing enormously to the completion of major successful projects within the airline, such as organizational restructuring.
Mr. Kucko attended the Faculty of Economics at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and graduated in 1991, with a degree in International Exchange. He joined the company in 1992, six months after the first international flight of Croatia Airlines. He served as the Sales Manager at the Head Office in Zagreb for four years, responsible for the creation of commercial policy and involved in almost all aspects of the business.
In 1996, he was appointed to establish the Representative Office in Switzerland, making him one of the youngest managers in the company. From 2001 to 2004, he was Head of the Domestic Market in Croatia. In 2004, he was promoted to Regional Manager Benelux.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Kucko has continuously developed his skills in the areas of management, finance, sales, marketing and communication, gaining extensive airline experience in four different countries. He has attended many industry-related courses and training. He speaks English, German and Dutch fluently.
Mr. Kucko is a member of several highly-ranked associations; such as the Croatian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, as well as SKAL Club Zurich, BAR Swiss and Benelux, Star Alliance, CSC in Belgium and CSC in the Netherlands, where he was voted Vice-Chairman in 2012 and appointed Chairman for 2013.
Mr. Kresimir Kucko was born in 1966 in Zagreb. He is married and has three children.
Jost Lammers is the CEO of Budapest Airport since 1st December 2007. He worked as Managing Director Commercial at Flughafen Düsseldorf Ground Handling GmbH from 2004, and from 2005 he was appointed as Chairman of the Management Board. Prior to this, between 2001 and 2004 he worked for HOCHTIEF AirPort as Divisional Manager and Director of Düsseldorf Airport. During that period he held a position as member of the Supervisory Board of Mönchengladbach Airport too. Between 1998 and 2001 he worked for HOCHTIEF AirPort as Senior Asset Manager at Athens International Airport.
After studying Business Administration and Economics in Bayreuth, San Diego and Witten/Herdecke, Mr. Lammers graduated in Economics at the University of Witten/Herdecke and started his professional carrier in the automotive industry in 1994 before joining HOCHTIEF in 1996.
Mr. Lammers is married and is a proud father of two sons. His nationality is German.
Dane has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry with success in top level sales, marketing, key customer management, strategic planning and change management.
This experience has been gained within the major international airline environment as well as in the agency, wholesale and content side of the travel business.
He has dual Australian and Serbian citizenship and speaks Serbian.
Between August 2012 and August 2013 Dane held the position of Sabre Airline Solutions’ Regional Director for South East Asia. Within the role he delivered strategic management of Airline Solutions, directing a team Account Directors.
Prior to that Dane was Vice President Commercial, at Abacus International, providing support to Abacus’ global customers in Asia.
Also in Asia, Dane held the positions of Vice President North Asia for GTA by Travelport; Managing Director Kuoni Travel China Ltd; and General Manager of Worldwide Sales for Malaysia Airlines.
He began his career at Qantas in Sydney, Australia.
Mr Pita has been Director of Croatian Civil Agency since 2008 and from 2012 also the Chairman of the National Aviation Safety Committee. He gained his previous working experience at various manager positions in Croatia Airlines, starting as the Head of material section up to the Director of Aircraft Maintenance in Croatia Airlines. His first working experience was in Aeronautical Technical Centre.
He was certified as an instructor for theoretical classes and for EOQ Quality Auditor for ISO 9001 standard. Also he was qualified for the management quality system, and was a holder of the license ICAO Type II, A & P, type ATR42. He is also qualified for the Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering, authorized inspector Airworthiness and Lead Auditor for Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering (JAR145, JAR OPS 1 DBMS. M, EASA Part 145, EASA Part M).
He is a lecturer of the course “Aircraft Maintenance” in Velika Gorica Polytechnic College and he was instructor for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. He graduated from the Faculty of the Faculty of Traffic Sciences- BSc.Ing.
Born in 1973 in Buzau, Romania, Catalin Radu graduated from the Polytechnic University in Bucharest as an aeronautical engineer, specialized in aircraft manufacturing, and trained at the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, specializing in aerospace engineering. He also holds a degree in International Relationship and European Studies, with a specialization in Public Administration Management.
In 1996 Mr. Radu started his professional career with the Romanian Civil Aeronautical Authority, where he worked primarily in the airworthiness field, in charge with the oversight of aircraft airworthiness and certification (as Flight Test Engineer) and the coordination of the audit activity for airlines’ airworthiness systems.
In 2006 Mr. Radu was appointed Chief Inspector of the Romanian Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch, the body responsible with both the investigation of aircraft accidents and implementation of the mandatory/voluntary reporting schemes for civil aviation occurrences.
In May 2007, he became Director General of the Romanian Civil Aviation, within the Ministry of Transport, and since December 2008 he has been Vice-President of EUROCONTROL and a member of ECAC’s Coordinating Committee. In July
2009 he became ECAC’s Focal Point for Safety Matters.
At their 135th meeting on 7 December, ECAC’s Directors General elected Catalin Radu to be the next President of ECAC as from 1 January 2011. He was reelected for the second mandate in July 2012. During his career he has received several awards, in 2011 receiving the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa”.
Mr. Radu is married and has two children.
With effect from 1 January 2008, Mr. Walter Reimann (47) has been appointed to the position of Vice President International & Aeropolitical Affairs and Alliances. Mr. Reimann holds a university degree in law and has played a number of different roles at Austrian Airlines since joining the company in 1989.
After completing his practical courtroom experience, Mr. Reimann began his career as an advisor in International Relations in 1989, before being appointed as deputy director of the department in 1993. Mr. Reimann, originally from the Austrian city of Eisenstadt, eventually assumed overall responsibility for these agendas and for the Alliance Division in 1997. In 2003 he was also entrusted with matters relating to aviation policy. Walter Reimann represents Austrian Airlines on a range of AEA (Association of European Airlines) and IATA (International Air Transport Association) committees.
In his new role as Vice President, Mr. Reimann is responsible for the development of Group aviation policy and for representing the interests of the company relative to national and international authorities, government departments or organisations. His tasks will still include the creation of legal preconditions for operating and securing the scheduled and charter flights of the Group. As well as this, he will be responsible for public affairs, environmental issues, development and implementation of alliance strategy and the expansion of bilateral cooperation with other Star Alliance member airlines. Mr. Reimann follows on from Dr. Peter Malanik, who has been promoted to the Board of Management as Chief Operations Officer.
Born in 1972, Zagreb, Croatia, Mr. Dan Simonić graduated from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb as Bachelor of Air Transport, specialized in air transport management and air traffic control. He is married and has three children.
Mr. Simonić started his professional career in 1995 within the Directorate General Civil Aviation of the Republic of Croatia, primarily in the areas of aviation security, international relations, civil-military coordination and flight authorizations. In 1997 he started his fifteen-year-career in Croatia Airlines, where he managed aeronautical, passenger and enterprise information systems and IT architecture. During his career in the national airline, Mr. Simonić was a member of several Star Alliance expert teams and sounding boards and was responsible for many different projects, mostly in flight operations line of business.
Chris Tarry established CTAIRA In December 2002 to provide research, consulting services and advice on and to the transport and aviation industries in the areas of business planning, including strategy and strategic development; industry and market forecasting and performance measurement and evaluation. These services are provided to a broad and still growing spectrum of clients from amongst: airlines, manufacturing companies, airport owners, government bodies and banks and other financial institutions, covering a wide range of strategic, financial and market related issues. He is and has been an advisor to government departments and the UK Parliament on aviation issues including the review of air transport arrangements for the Royal Family and senior Government ministers; he was a member of the UK CAA’s advisory group in respect of the charging regime for the UK’s regulated airports.
Before establishing CTAIRA he worked as an investment analyst in the City of London from 1984 when he began an engineering analyst, focusing first on Aviation and was voted the UK’s leading aerospace analyst for the years that there was a separate FTSE grouping, before switching to focus wholly on transport and particularly airlines, a sector he has followed professionally since the early 1980s. In this period Chris was also regularly ranked in the top three European transport analysts and led a number of major international share issues including that of the final privatisation of Lufthansa.
Prior to his career as an analyst he had worked in a number of fields associated with economic and related research and analysis.
He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a member of the Securities Institute and a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.
He also holds a private pilot’s licence. He lectures on courses held at the Universities of Oxford, Cranfield, where he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Air Transport De[artment, and the London School of Economics; he is a Visiting Senior Fellow in the School of Management at the University of Surrey.
Tanja Wielgoss is a partner with A.T. Kearney and specializes in transportation, infrastructure, and travel. She is based in the Berlin office.
Her areas of expertise include the development and implementation of strategies, operative improvements, reorganization, and restructuring. She believes in the vital importance of all human resources and people-related activities for the competitiveness of a company or organization. Her skills in transformation, customer centricity, and large capex projects are particularly in demand.
Tanja leads the EMEA Women Consultants Network (EWN) of A.T. Kearney. She has contributed broadly in shaping the work environment of the firm to allow for better life-balance and to increase the share of women and active parents in A.T. Kearney‘s workforce.
She is head of the initiative “Infrastructure 2064,“ developing ideas with high level counterparts to ensure the competitiveness of a vital pillar of Germany‘s economy.
Tanja holds a PhD in political science from the Université de la Sorbonne in Paris and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, where she earned her MA in social science and economics. She also studied at the Institut d‘Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence and Paris and the London School of Economics.
Tanja is member of the supervisory board of the Austrian Rail Infrastructure Company and member of the Jury “Innovation Clusters” of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Before joining A.T. Kearney in 2008, Tanja has lead the German Airline Association (BDF) as Managing Director and Board Member.