Marc Lamidey - President
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Les Ponts et Chaussées, Marc Lamidey spent 21 years at Air Inter followed by a year in the US as a liaison between Air France and Continental Airlines. In 1998, he was promoted to Air France Executive VP, in charge of Marketing and Corporate Development. He was also President and CEO of Frequence Plus SA. Since December 2001, he has been President and CEO of Brit Air and the ICARE Training Centre.
Carlos Bertomeu - Vice President
Building on his BSc from Valencia University, Carlos gained an MBA from Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, and then began his career at the IE Business School, offering finance and strategy consultancy while teaching. He later became Director of MBA and Executive MBA programmes. In 1994, industrial and finance corporation Nefinsa appointed him Director of Investment and Strategic Development, entrusting him with the Air Nostrum launch. He is CEO of Air Nostrum, and a Board Member of Vueling and some other institutions.
Martin Isler - Vice President
Martin's aviation career spans 24 years and covers virtually every aspect of the airline business from sales and marketing to product, ground handling, operations and maintenance. In 1985 he joined Swissair and subsequently worked for Sabena. In 2003 he became a member of the Swiss International Airlines executive management board before joining Luxair in 2005. He is a member of the executive management board of the Luxair Group where he has responsibility for the business line "Airline".
Antonis Simigdalas - Immediate Past President
Antonis Simigdalas has served the airline industry as CEO of Olympic Air. Previously co-founder and COO of Aegean Airlines, Simigdalas is a Cranfield University graduate, having served there as a teaching and research assistant. Winner of the Euro-Award 2000 and Airline Manager of the Year by Regional Airline World. A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, member of the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Transport, the Flight Safety Foundation, an active pilot since 1978 and a Reserve Hellenic Air Force Officer. He is also a member of the European Aviation Platform.
Manfred Helldoppler - Board Member
Manfred Helldoppler's career in aviation began in 1980 when he joined Tyrolean Airways, being a member of the team which planned the airline's initial scheduled flights. Since then he has worked in many areas, from ground handling, scheduling, to airport slots, inflight services, aircraft interiors, operations control, performance and navigation. He was project leader for the introduction of the F70, CRJ, Q400 and F100 and for the introduction of business class. He was appointed Executive Vice President in 2003 and President in 2006. He joined the Welcome Aviation Group (Air Alps, Tyrol Air Ambulance and Welcome Air) as COO in June 2010. He has been a member of the ERA Board since January 2009.
Pedro Agustin del Castillo - Board Member
Pedro Agustin del Castillo became President and CEO of BinterCanarias in 2002, when a group of Canary Island businessmen acquired the company, with the vision that the Canary Island airline would become a company of reference as regards service in and beyond the archipelago. Since then, the airline has continued to grow and now operates 150 flights a day with a fleet of 19 ATR 72-500. BinterCanarias is the only airline which flies to all airports in the Canary Islands, and also operates flights to three international destinations: Marrakech, El Aaiún and Madeira.
Nicolae Petrov - Board Member
Boet Kreiken - Board Member
Boet Kreiken was appointed Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper on 1 June 2009, prior to which he was KLM's Chief Information Officer. After graduating from the University of Technology in Twente, and following officer's service in the Royal Dutch Air Force, he joined KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. His career at KLM has spanned various management positions from commercial and global account management to Pricing & Revenue management and Area Manager of Asia Pacific and Central/South America.
Christine Ourmières - Board Member
Ms. Ourmières holds a Master of Aeronautics from Ecole National Supérieure d'Ingénieurs and an MBA
from Essec. She started in aviation over 20 years ago at Air France where she held a variety of key management positions across the company. In 2008 Christine became the first ever VP of the USA, before being appointed CEO of CityJet in 2010, becoming the first female CEO of an Irish airline.
Since taking over, she has introduced a number of cost-cutting measures, turning around the fortunes of the loss-making subsidiary of Air France, including an aircraft utilisation programme and expanding the network.
As a leading operator out of London City, and an important franchisee for Air France from CDG, CityJet is very eager to participate in ERA endeavours as they directly affect the business.
Bryan Huxford - Board Member
Bryan Huxford came into the aviation industry in 1973, initially in a training environment, entering into scheduled service operations in 1977 with the original Eastern Airways, which, after acquisition by Genair became the founder Company of "Caledonian Commuter". In 1997 together with his co-founder, Richard Lake, Bryan established the current Eastern Airways (Europe) Group, which today operates over 700 scheduled services a week throughout the UK, Scandinavia and mainland Europe. Eastern has also become a major logistics supplier to the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry within the same areas.
Jan Palmer - Board Member
Palmer's aviation career started in 1989 when he was appointed President of Malmo Aviation. Since then, he has been deeply involved in issues affecting the future of aviation. In 1994 he was appointed President of the Skyways Group. In 2007, he became Vice President of the Salenia group, the mother company of Skyways and of regional cargo airline Amapola Flyg, which Palmer established in 2004 and still holds the position of President. He is also Chairman of the Swedish Aviation Association.
Luiz Lapa - Board Member
Luiz entered the aviation business in 1980 when he joined TAP Portugal. Within TAP he assumed several functions including as Senior Project Leader in the area of fleet management. After 10 years with TAP, in 1990 he accepted the challenge of joining a new project and was involved in the launch of a new airline company, Portugalia Airlines, where he has been ever since. His first role in the new airline was Deputy Administrator and General Manager – Operations. In 2007, after the Company's acquisition by the TAP Group, he was appointed as the airline's Chief Executive Officer. Luiz has a degree in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering.
António Gomes de Menezes - Board member
António Gomes de Menezes, born in 1972 in Ponta Delgada. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston College, USA, MA in Economics with Distinction, Boston College, USA, 1997. He completed an Advanced Management Program, Catholic University, Portugal, 1995 and Erasmus; Program, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 1994. He also holds a BS in Economics, New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 1994.
He has held the position of CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of SATA since November 2007. He has also been an Assistant Professor at University of the Azores, Portugal since 2001.
Maurizio Merlo - Board Member
Maurizio Merlo was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Darwin Airline in 2011. Prior to this he has held various senior positions at Darwin airline since 2004 including Accountable Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Post Holder Crew Training and Post Holder Flight Operations. He was also instrumental in the initial certification and development of Darwin Airline. Prior to this his career in aviation includes roles at Crossair and Swiss International Airline commanding SB20 and SB340 aircraft. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from SSEA, Bellizona and a range of qualifications relating to aviation.
Roland Wondolleck - Board Member
Roland Wondolleck has been involved in aviation for over 30 years. In 1994 he became CEO of Rotterdam Airport, where under his leadership traffic more than tripled. His strong belief in the positive developments and ever-growing importance of regional aviation, concerning economical as well as environmental aspects, motivates him to actively participate in campaigns and initiatives contributing to a positive image for the (regional) aviation industry, as well as in the ERA Board.
Roland Hermann - Board Member
Roland Hermann started his career at Salzburg Airport in 1981 as head of air traffic. Since 1990 his position has expanded to Airport Manager with commercial power of attorney, responsible for traffic development, marketing, advertising, passenger and ramp handling, freight services and environment. He became CEO of Salzburg Airport in June 2007.
Clemente Affinito - Board Member
An Economics graduate from the University of Naples, Clemente holds an MBA in Business Development (Rome) and a Masters Degree in Aerospace Industry & Marketing (Toulouse). In 1995, he was seconded by Alenia Aeronautica to strengthen the commercial team of Aero International (Regional), the then joint venture between ATR and British Aerospace. He was also involved in Asset Management and financing activities for ATR. Since 2002 he has been responsible within ATR for Sales & Marketing in Morocco, Israel and Europe.
Steve Aliment - Board Member
Steven Aliment was appointed to his current position, Vice President SALES - Europe, Russia & CIS, Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, in April 2009. Mr Aliment leads Bombardier's Commercial Aircraft Sales team's activities in the region for the Q400 Next Gen, the CRJ-700, -900 and the new CRJ-1000 as well as Bombardier's ultra-efficient mainline jet, the CSeries. Steven joined Bombardier from The Boeing Company in the spring of 2009 bringing with him a broad range of experience in marketing and selling commercial aircraft throughout Europe and around the world. Mr Aliment holds a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Marco Balbo - Board Member
Marco has been working in the aviation industry since 1992 with the Alenia Aeronautica / Finmeccanica Group in various sales management positions. He is currently Sales Director for SuperJet International working on the Sukhoi SuperJet 100 jet program. Marco is an Aeronautical Engineer from the Polytechnic of Turin and holds a Doctorate in Flight Dynamics from Sup'Aéro, Toulouse, together with a Corporate MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris. He is also a commercial pilot and a glider pilot.
Ricardo Lugris - Board Member
Born in Brazil, and after completing university studies, Lugris joined the Commercial Division of Embraer in 1983. He has almost thirty years in the Regional Aviation Industry, of which sixteen years have been in Europe.
Lugris says that with his experience and Embraer's positioning in the European arena, he enthusiastically looks forward to the prospect of making an active contribution to the work of the Association, and helping shape the policies and agenda that will guarantee the sustainability of an important market segment.
Denis Forestier - Board Member
Olaf Dlugi - Board Member
Olaf Dlugi's background includes: broad flight and instruction experience ranging from Mach 2 fighters to heavy metal (747); CEO and President of regional carrier Augsburg Airways for more than six years; Chairman of the Executive Committee of SESAR (Definition Phase); and a past member of the ERA Board. He is presently Chairman of the SESAR Performance Partnership body (SPP).
Simon McNamara - Director General ERA
Simon was appointed Director General on 1 January 2013. Prior to this he held the position of Deputy Director General from July 2010 and before that was Director Industry Affairs covering the development, promotion and implementation of ERA's policies on air traffic infrastructure, user charges, airport matters, the environment and Air Transport Policy.
Georg Wiederkehr - Legal Counsel
Moritz Suter - Honorary President
Peter King - Financial Controller