Speakers' profiles




* Biographies listed in alphabetical order by the speaker's surname

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 Anstey, Tim W.
Tim W. Anstey
Technical Fellow, Airplane Infromation Systems
Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Tim Anstey is an Associate Technical Fellow with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. As Chief Architect, he leads a cross-functional team responsible for product strategy and integration of airplane information systems.

A 17-year veteran of Boeing, Tim has spent the past decade designing and integrating system software and applications for the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and Onboard Network System across the Boeing fleet. Within industry, he was the technical focal for development of the Air Transport Association Electronic Logbook Interoperability specification and is a representative on the ARINC EFB Sub-committee.

In addition to his industry activities, Tim serves as Boeing’s representative to EASA for EFB regulatory activities.

Mr. Anstey is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle with a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Before joining Boeing, his responsibilities included software design and development of consumer and business products for various companies within the Puget Sound region and in Washington State.
 Baldursson, Capt. Hilmar B
Capt. Hilmar B Baldursson
VP Flight Operations
Captain Hilmar B Baldursson was educated at the University of Iceland and Cand oecon and joined Icelandair in 1978. His carrer path recognises a consumate aviator with a wealth of experience in a wide range of types and operations. After commencing with Icelandair he followed the intial path from First Officer to Command and being promioted to a training and checking role in 1997 on the B757/767. Hilmar became the airlines Deputy Chief Pilot in 2002. 2003 saw Hilmar then promoted to the position of Chief Pilot and from 2005 he has held the role of Vice President of Flight Operations. During 2005, Hilmar was appointed Chairman, by the Iceland Minister for Transport, of the Public Committee dealing with the separation of the Icelandic Aviation Regulator from the ANSP at the time.

Hilmar has been a vocal and active advocate of operational efficiency and in his current position oversees the operational aspects an airline credited with being one of the worlds most efficient. Nevertheless, he is always seeking to take the next step to improved capability and while involved in the airlines’s EFB upgrade program, recognised the benefits of broadening the connectivety aspects of that program to lead to the eEnablement of more parts of the airline.
Hilmar is quoted in several articles regarding his views on eEnablement and has some specific opinions about the importance of strategy in the development of the best outcomes for it.
 Bank, Johan
Johan NM Bank
Vice President Engineering
KLM Engineering & Maintenance

After my technical engineering education, I started my career with KLM in 1978 as (professional) flight engineer on Douglas DC 10 aircraft and was re- trained later on for Boeing B747- 300.
I flew all around the world for 25 years as active crewmember, during which I had several management positions within KLM Flight Operations and got my degree in business administration.
After KLM stopped flying these type of aircraft, I transferred to KLM Engineering & Maintenance Division, which adopted Lean Six Sigma philosophy in early 2003.
I worked as Black Belt in all areas of aircraft maintenance (components, hangar and platform maintenance as well as and engines).

I transferred to Engine Services as Director MRO as per 2007, managing all operational production processes as well as implementing Lean Six Sigma in day to
day work, with a focus on quality and reducing Turn Around Time.

After 6.5 years working within KLM Engine Services, I was appointed as Vice President Engineering of KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
Introduction of the new B787 aircraft in KLM’s fleet as well as using all the new opportunities on data usage/ data analysis relating to operational usage and reducing maintenance costs of these aircraft, are key subjects in this moment of time.
 Begis, Jean-Marie
Jean-Marie Begis
Director, EFB and Aircraft Information Systems
Esterline CMC Electronics
With more than 25 years of experience in business development and implementation of mission critical mobile communications, aircraft datalink services, and aerospace systems, Jean-Marie Bégis has experience in the management of Avionics, Aircraft Datalink, and Cockpit and Cabin Information Systems Programs.
He has been directly involved in the launch and the deployment of satcom & VHF aircraft systems as well as Aircom Ground Based Services at SITA in Montréal as Director of Engineering. More recently, he has managed the Satcom antenna product line at CMC Electronics Esterline and then created the EFB and Aircraft Information Systems business unit as Product Director.
He has a Master in both Telecommunications Engineering (Telecom Paris) and Aerospace Communication Systems (Sup Aero, Toulouse).
 Bösch, Andreas
Andreas Bösch
Manager, eOperations Projects
Swiss International Air Lines
Andreas has been working since December 2013 as the manager of the eOperations Projects team within SWISS International Air Lines Ltd.

Within the Team he is responsible for all eEnabling and Connectivity topics for the Operations department. This includes on one side the connectivity within and around their fleet and on the other side solutions for their Operational staff at the working facilities and on airports.

During the last year the main focus was to integrate the new fleet types (Bombardier CSeries and Boeing 777) into their IT landscape.

Before joining SWISS, he worked 6 years for Zurich Airport as Communication Architect and was involved in developing radio communication, and IP based Video surveillance solutions.

Andreas earned a degree in Electronical engineering in 2005 and in Business engineering in 2013.
 Bryan, Captain Michael
Captain Michael Bryan
MAvnMgt, AIMM, PRINCE2®, Captain A380
President & CEO
Closed Loop Consulting
Captain Michael Bryan has over 42 years experience across most segments of the aviation industry including airline, commuter and general aviation operations. He currently holds an active command on the A380. Michael is also the Principal of Closed Loop Consulting, a global aviation consulting organisation, which specialises in the strategic development and implementation of a range of operational domain programs and projects, including eEnablement.

Over the last 30 years, Michael has been appointed to a variety of training and management positions. Of particular relevance to this conference, Michael has also been involved in a number of strategic industry development roles advocating for the development of information management standards, systems, applications and, process improvement initiatives and the successful implementation of them within the industry.

These initiatives included early ELS, SGML/ATA specifications as a Chair of the ATA/AIA “Digital Data” SGML/XML Flight Operations Working Group, the ATN PETAL II, and initial ATN/FANS harmonisation groups, sponsored by Eurocontrol and Boeing and a continuing involvement with EFB development and application since the early ‘90s. Over the past 20 years he has also provided technology consulting and project management services, to the aviation, oil exploration and marine service sectors, through Closed Loop Consulting. With his partners at Closed Loop, Michael has been involved in the early development of eEnablement concepts, strategies and modelling for industry groups, airlines and suppliers.

Michael holds a Masters in Aviation Management, a Diploma of Electronic Engineering and Certificates in Strategic Planning and Project Management from the University of Adelaide School of Business. He is accredited with the UK Office of Government Commerce as a PRINCE2® Practitioner and has a background in practical SGML and XML development and application.
 Carmel, Jay
Jay Carmel
Avascent Group
Jay Carmel is an Associate at Avascent, the leading strategy and management consulting firm serving clients in government-driven markets. Jay has supported a wide range of OEMs and financial sponsors on over 75 projects across the Aerospace landscape, with a primary focus on delivering strategic growth, go-to-market, pricing analysis, and M&A transaction support services within the Commercial Aviation sector. One of Jay's primary areas of expertise includes Aviation Connectivity, where he has provided strategic support and market analyses to numerous avionics, cabin electronics, and air traffic management equipment OEMs. Jay also has expertise in aerostructures and simulation and training.

Prior to joining Avascent, Jay worked at Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Jay holds a B.S. degree in International Political Economy and International Business Diplomacy from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
 Cecil, William
William Cecil
Business Development Director
Teledyne Controls
William (Willie) Cecil is Director for Business Development & Strategy for Teledyne’s Wireless & Data Automation Solutions. Willie has performed lead roles within product support, sales, marketing and business development at Teledyne Controls for more than 20 years.

Over the past 10 years, Willie has helped facilitate airline adoption of process and data automation enabling new levels of flight safety through higher integrity safety management systems. Annually more than 35 million hours of flight data are now automatically harvested from air transport aircraft. Recently Willie was a lead participant in the 2015 ITU Focus Group on Real-Time Flight Data Transmission. Working with industry partners, Willie now looks forward to helping airlines harness their flight data and expanded connectivity options enabling predictive maintenance and big data analytics as well as real-time data streaming in the future.

Willie earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland in 1998. Willie is married with five children and resides in Chicago, USA.
 Coiley, David
David Coiley
Vice President Aviation
David Coiley, Vice President Aviation. David is a 20 year plus veteran of the aviation satellite communications industry and has worked previously for BT Skyphone, SITA, ARINC, AeroMobile
and Inmarsat. His responsibilities include representing Inmarsat’s Aviation service portfolio to the European aviation market and the global management of Inmarsat’s L-band service portfolio for aviation.
 Faiola, Andrew
Andrew Faiola
Director, Mobility Solutions
Europe Sales
Andrew leads the newly created Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe.  If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered.  Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA.  In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high-performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for more than 50 years. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.
 Foster, Craig
Craig Foster
Senior Consultant & Co-Founder
Valour Consultancy
Craig Foster is the co-founder of Valour Consultancy, a leading provider of market intelligence and consultancy to the aviation community. He has extensive experience covering a wide variety of technology markets including the Internet of Things, M2M, smart home, smart grid, home energy management, maritime VSAT and in-flight entertainment and connectivity. Foster has been an industry analyst for seven years and is based in Leicester in the United Kingdom.

Prior to establishing Valour Consultancy, he was a principal analyst at ABI Research and a market analyst at IMS Research. At ABI, he launched a new research area devoted to the home automation market, before focusing his efforts on expanding the research portfolio of the company’s M2M service. At IMS, Foster’s research focused on the power transmission and low voltage products markets, after which he moved on to take responsibility for the company’s then-nascent aerospace research group. Foster also engages in some freelance analytical work and has completed projects for the likes of Datamonitor, Gigaom Research, Futuresource Consulting, Navigant Research and Tractica.

Foster is a regular participant in panel discussions and webinars and has been widely quoted in trade journals, magazines, and other forms of online and print media, most notably Forbes and The Sunday Times. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Leicester.
 Freriksen, Saskia
Saskia Freriksen
Program Manager e-Enabled & Digitizing
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Saskia Freriksen worked as Program Manager e-Enabled at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines during KLM’s 787 introduction. In this roles she was responsible for implementation of the e-Enabled Ground System for KLM’s 777 and 787, for implementation of 787 Toolbox and for 787 Airplane Health Monitoring. Her new assignment as Program Manager Digitizing includes digitizing aircraft maintenance procedures and implementation of a fleet wide e-Techlog system for KLM.
Saskia has worked for various KLM divisions including Information Services, Flight Operations and Engineering & Maintenance. Saskia has, amongst other, held management positions as IT Competence Center Manager, Director Flight Support & Tactical Planning and Engineering Unit Manager Cabin, Avionics & Airworthiness.

Saskia has been with KLM for 17 years and has a Master’s Degree in Business Sciences from Radboud University Netherlands.
 Gilges, Markus
Markus Gilges
Director Business Development
VT Miltope
Markus Gilges, Director Business Development, VT Miltope

Markus conducts all Business and System Development activities for VT Miltope in the EMEA region. VT Miltope provides hardware and software components for wireless data infrastructures in and around aircraft as well as ruggedised computers for various applications in the aviation and rail world to system integrators, OEMs, MROs and service providers in the connectivity- and eEnablement-space.

After receiving degrees in Economics and Air Transport Management from the University of Cologne (Germany) and Cranfield (UK), Markus worked for Aero Lloyd and American Airlines in Germany before moving to the UK to work for British Airways Engineering. After several years at BA and some time in the world of aviation software, he started more than a decade ago in the IFEC and eEnablement world, working for Panasonic and VT Miltope (since 2006). 
 Gonzales, Jose
Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales is the CEO of AOIFES. AOIFES is a company specialized in the development of embedded wireless technologies and systems to optimize the overall network capacity.
Jose has a vast experience in designing wireless system on board aircrafts. He has worked for Airbus Germany in the wireless cabin communication systems department designing the first WiFi and GSM systems on board aircrafts. Later he consulted in several projects for a number of airlines (Lufthansa among others) and system integrators developing wireless Infotainment systems for commercial aircrafts. Jose has an in-depth knowledge of wireless technologies and standards.
 Hermann, Philip
Philip Hermann
Director, Cross-Product & Connected Aircraft Strategy, Marketing & Business Development
Honeywell Aerospace
Philip Hermann has over 30 years of proven Aerospace experience. He is currently Director for Cross Product Strategy, Marketing, and Business Development spanning Honeywell Aerospace’s $14B+ portfolio of avionics, mechanical components and units, propulsion systems, and services. 

Philip also leads Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft initiatives where he focuses on leveraging on-and-off-aircraft data, internet-of-things, equipment, and communication technology to advance new applications and services.  The objective is addressing real customer needs while providing operational benefits, added productivity, differentiated user experience, and optimized asset maintenance.
 Hof, Henk J.
Henk J. Hof 
Head of Master Plan Maintenance Unit
Henk J. Hof works for EUROCONTROL and is currently Head of the European ATM Master Plan Maintenance Unit and as such responsible for managing the Master Plan update campaigns. Henk is the EUROCONTROL member and chairman of the ICAO ATM Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP) and chairman of the ICAO Ad-hoc Working Group on Aircraft Tracking that developed the concept of operations for the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS).

Henk started his professional career in 1985 as policy adviser on communication, navigation and surveillance matters for the Dutch ATC authorities. He was a member of the Dutch delegation for the ICAO FANS I and II Committees and of a number of ICAO panels. In 1991, Henk joined the EUROCONTROL Agency as project manager responsible for the standardisation and implementation of the aeronautical telecommunication network (ATN). Since 2005 he became responsible for performance driven strategic ATM Planning and for managing multi-disciplinary teams on various strategic ATM subjects.
 Holman, Lisa
Lisa Holman
Airline Solutions Manager – EMEA, Operations Solutions
Lisa has in excess of 11 years’ experience in the commercial travel and aviation sector. Her career started out of a passion for travel and seeing the world and she feels lucky to have been able to pursue that passion in an industry she loves.

Following a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Tourism Management and then some time travelling and doing volunteer work, in 2005 she joined TUI Travel PLC and spent almost 10 years predominately in the commercial division of the tour operator as a Product and Development Manager. Here she oversaw various destination portfolios whilst learning about all aspects of the leisure travel market. During her time at TUI she was able to gain insight into the end to end customer journey from booking to return travel and was involved in all stages of the planning process from aircraft and destination capacity planning through to pricing and launching destinations and flying routes. Her time at TUI gave her a solid understanding of the industry and its complexities (as well as allowing her to still satisfy her need to travel!)

With a desire to expand her knowledge outside of the leisure market and into commercial aviation, in 2014 Lisa took her product management experience and applied it in a new capacity by joining the aviation data supplier OAG. Here she headed up the Flight Status portfolio of products and went about understanding in detail how flight information data is used and consumed by airlines and the wider travel industry. From day of travel information through to post flight analysis and planning, Lisa worked to understand what product developments were needed to meet an ever changing market increasingly reliant on this data. With a deep understanding of the data elements she was able to identify and prioritise areas of focus to improve worldwide data coverage and consequently metrics such as On Time Performance (OTP).

Last year Lisa joined the team at masFlight as it was acquired by GEE in order to create a new Operations Solutions division and she is now the European representative for them. With masFlight she can take her understanding of aviation data to apply it in a more operational context to assist airlines and others improve efficiencies and solve operational problems. With GEE as a leading player in the IFE and connectivity market, she’s excited to now be involved in their new vertical offering big data analytics and being part of the overall company vision of realising the fully connected aircraft.
 Horsager, TJ
TJ Horsager
Senior Product Manager
TJ Horsager is a lead Connected Aircraft strategist and architect for Gogo. In his current position, TJ helps customers define and implement successful Connected Aircraft strategies that include hardware, software, system integration, certification and approvals. He has accumulated over two decades of aerospace industry experience, including 15 years of developing and working with airline technology. He holds an engineer-ing degree and multiple FAA certificates including commercial pilot, airframe & powerplant maintenance technician and turbojet flight engineer.
 Jackson, David
Dr David Jackson
Global Technical Director
Dr David Jackson is a Global Technical Director in Altran’s Technology & Innovation Center, and leads the architecture development for Altran’s VueForge® Machine-driven Big Data offer.

This offer allows access to the opportunities presented by the combination of increasingly pervasive computing and communication (IoT) with advanced mathematical analytics executing on commodity IT  infrastructure (Big Data Analytics) – benefits including reduced cost of operation, increased efficiency of maintenance schedules, and faster ‘closed loop’ product lifecycles.  A combination of deep expertise – in information technology, in data analytics, and in the application domains – is required to exploit these opportunities. The VueForge® framework addresses all the elements needed to realise the benefit of Machine-driven Big Data:
  • Smart devices providing data
  • Data transport delivering this data for analysis
  • Analysis of data yielding Information
  • The security required where machines are connected
  • Services that realise the value of this information, and
  • The business models that justify their creation.
David has over twenty-five years’ experience in the definition, development and assessment of complex software-intensive systems, specialising in safety- and business-critical applications. His clients have included government agencies, system integrators, and technology suppliers ranging from small start-ups to multi-nationals. He has worked in the USA and Europe, in sectors including aerospace, rail, and telecommunications. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Chartered Engineer.
 Jahn, Axel
Axel Jahn
Managing Director
TriaGnoSys GmbH, Zodiac Inflight Innovations
Axel Jahn is responsible as VP of Zodiac Inflight Innovations for the business development in connectivity area. Axel is also managing director of TriaGnoSys GmbH, a Zodiac Aerospace affiliate.
TriaGnoSys GmbH was acquired by Zodiac Aerospace in September 2013. Axel was one of the three founders and owners of TriaGnoSys.
Before, Axel was with the German Aerospace Center DLR since 1990 where he has gained experience in satellite communication. He held positions as scientist, project manager and group leader.
Axel gave lectures on satellite communications at several Universities.Axel received the Ph.D. and the Diplom-Ingenieur degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 and 1990 from the FernUniversität at Hagen and University Fridericana at Karlsruhe, Germany, respectively . Axel received the DLR science award in 2002 and the Best Paper Award of ITG conference ''Mobile Communications'' in 1993. He co-authored more than 125 publications, including three scientific textbooks and 15 scientific journal papers.
 Keery, Brian
Brian Keery
Product Strategy Manager
Astronautics Corporation of America
Brian Keery is the Product Strategy Manager responsible for Astronautics’ servers and airborne computing product line. Brian supports the development of new products, new markets, and strategic partnerships.

Brian joined Astronautics in 2008 and over the past 8 years has performed progressive assignments in Contract Management, Business Development, and Program Management prior to taking the role of Product Strategy Manager for servers and airborne computing in 2015. He has led product developments, pursuits, and programs for electronic flight bags (EFB), network server systems, and aircraft connectivity systems for commercial and military programs. During his time as Astronautics Brian has helped manage key customer programs such as the Boeing EFB and worldwide airlines, including time spent in Seattle as the On-Site Program Manger for Boeing commercial programs. He has also been involved in advanced technology programs at Astronautics for Magnetic Refrigeration.

Brian has a BA in International Business and Marketing from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 Lenamon, Larry
Larry Lenamon 
Director Flight Technologies
Ultramain Systems

Larry joined Ultramain Systems, Inc. in September 2012 as the Manager of Operational Experience.  Larry’s background in the aviation industry, both in and out of the cockpit, has been a beneficial asset to the support of Ultramain's industry leading Onboard Systems software division.

Larry has been involved in virtually all areas of the Onboard Systems software, from development to customer support and new business development. Projects have comprised of customer functional design work, software development, testing support, product demonstrations, presentations related to electronic flight bag and electronic logbook at industry conferences and tradeshows, industry standards development participation, as well as participation in trade publication articles.

Prior to joining USI, Larry’s primary career was in the cockpit as a Pilot for the State of Texas, Trans World Express, Trans World Airlines, and American Airlines. During a furlough from flying from the early 2000’s until recently, Larry worked as a Senior Engineer for American Airlines. His core duties involved 767/777 Fleet Operations Engineering with very active participation in AA's AIRCOM Server, EFB, ELB, FOQA, and 787 eEnabling programs along with responsibility as the AHM Administrator for American.

Larry returned to the flight deck in the Spring of 2015 at American Airlines where he is an active 737-800 first officer.  Also, because of his earlier involvement in the AA EFB program, he was appointed to the Allied Pilots Association National Training Committee - IT/EFB last November.  When he’s not out zooming around the skies, Larry continues his work with Ultramain Systems, Inc. as the new Director, Flight Technologies.

Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He is married with three children.
 Malaguti, Nelson 
Nelson Malaguti
Counsellor, ITU-R Study Group 4 (Satellite Services)
Radiocommunication Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
Nelson Malaguti received the B.Sc degree in electrical engineering with emphasis in telecommunications from PUC-RIO, Brazil, in 1984. After having worked at EMBRATEL in Brazil, involved in the coordination, notification and registration process for the Brazilian satellite networks, he received the M.Sc degree in telecommunications engineering from PUC-RIO, Brazil, in 1993. From June 1996 to June 2006 he worked in the Space Services Department of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) of the ITU, having participated actively at World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) such as WRC-97, WRC-2000 and WRC-03. He is currently the Counsellor for ITU-R Study Group 4 (Satellite Services) which deals with efficient orbit/spectrum utilization for FSS, BSS, MSS and RDSS as well as systems, air interfaces, performance and availability objectives for FSS, BSS, MSS and RDSS, including IP-based applications and satellite news gathering. He also participated actively at WRC-07, WRC-12 and WRC-15.
 McGowan, Al
Al McGowan
Senior Director of Business Development
Panasonic Avionics Corporation
Al McGowan – Sr. Director of Business Development. Al is focused on connected aircraft and wireless data distribution systems. Al has been with Panasonic for four years and has been in the avionics industry for over 20 years with experience in military and commercial aircraft. He has a B.S Degree from the University of Maryland in Business Administration and Information Management Systems.

 Milne, Adrian
Adrian Milne
Global Product Manager for Civil Air Wire and Cable Products
W. L. Gore & Associates
Adrian graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh with BSC Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

He has worked in a range of industries including; Medical Devices, Commercial Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics and Space Component Manufacturing.

He has a broad experience in Production / Operations / Supply Chain and is an aviation enthusiast, with private pilot and glider ratings.
 Murray, Fergal
Fergal Murray
Chief Commercial Officer
Fergal is an executive with 20 years’ international experience bringing complex technology solutions to market for startups, growth stage companies and multinationals. He has deep experience with hardware, web, mobile, enterprise software and financial services.

At Arconics, Fergal leads sales, marketing, operations and revenue teams. With a proven ability to build and lead teams, create and evangelise products, win in the market and drive corporate growth, Fergal’s key driver is the delivery of added value to Arconics clients.
 Norbjerg, Peter
Peter Norbjerg
European Regional Director
Peter Norbjerg has had an extensive career in aviation operations. He was an Air Traffic Controller in Greenland, Denmark and the US for over 14 years. During his time as an Air Traffic Controller, Mr. Norbjerg was responsible for the introduction of the "Non Punitive Air Traffic Control Safety Reporting System" within Naviair and later developed this system and introduced the Just Culture Concept. His tenure also includes Operational Manager for Tower and Approach Operations at Copenhagen Airport and Director of Operations, North Atlantic at Naviair. He is currently the European Regional Director at Aireon and Chief Advisor of International Strategies at Naviair.
 Nordstrom, Richard
Richard Nordstrom
Senior Director of Global Air Transport, Cabin Systems Marketing
Rockwell Collins
Richard Nordstrom joined Rockwell Collins in January 2105 as Sr. Director Global Marketing for the company’s Air Transport Cabin Systems offering. He brings 15 years of experience in Air Transport connectivity products and telecommunications marketing to this role.
Previously Nordstrom was Managing Director for North America at OnAir, managing OnAir’s commercial and corporate relationships in North America, in addition to representing SITA’s nose-to-tail capabilities for the market.
Nordstrom is a veteran of the satellite communication market for both air transport and maritime sectors. Before joining OnAir, Nordstrom was Director Sales and Marketing at Connexion by Boeing and a strategic consultant to satellite providers for their aviation market.
Prior to this, Nordstrom served as the Chief Operating Officer of MariTEL. At MariTEL Nordstrom led the engineering development and operations of the first domestic coastal VHF maritime telecommunications network to meet United States Coast Guard’s National Distress and Response System Modernization Program. Nordstrom also implemented the first large scale VoIP US backhaul network, providing a wide range of services to both commercial and recreational maritime markets.
During his career, Nordstrom has also served as Chief Executive Officer for three emergent global technology companies.
Nordstrom holds a master’s degree in marine ecology from the University of Connecticut and was a faculty member for three years at the University.
 Reichle, Marc-Christian
Marc-Christian Reichle
Senior Manager Configuration Control and e-Enabling
Etihad Airways
Marc-Christian Reichle entered the aviation business in 2008 by joining the engineering department of Lufthansa Technik (LHT). He was strongly involved in the development of the e-Enabling processes, Software Management and Aircraft Software Configuration Management solution. Beside his active role in the entry into service projects for A380 and B747-8, he also represented LHT in several ARINC and SESAR working groups. Marc-Christian joined the Entry Into Service Team of Etihad Airways in 2013 focusing on A380 and B787. After the successful start of the operation of both models at the end of 2014 he moved into his new role under the CAMO organisation and is now responsible for Configuration Control and e-Enabling.
 Ric, Georges
Goerges Ric
Program & Technical Marketing Manager, Aeronautics Information Systems division
Sagem (SAFRAN Group)
Georges has been working in aeronautics for roughly 30 years being part of several companies among which Rockwell Collins, Sagem, and Airbus.
Since 2000 Georges has been involved in the development of all Airbus A/C Information Systems beginning with the first information system ever certified by Airbus on A340 500-600, then the A380 & A350XWB On-board Information Systems.
For the last 5 years he particularly focused his activities on electronic operations; i.e. Electronic Flight Bag, maintenance operations, cockpit connectivity, A/C secure architecture.

His current position as Program & Technical Marketing manager is a way to better make customers benefit from his experience and knowledge.

He is a graduate in electronics and has been recognized as a referring in secure on-board information systems architecture within Airbus.
 Schramm, John
John Schramm
iJet Technologies

John brings over 25 years of experience in military and commercial flight operations, aerospace product and technology strategy. He was most recently the VP of Commercial and Product Strategy for iJet. Prior to iJet, John was a senior consultant with SeaTec, focused on strategic and financial analysis of aerospace technology. He is a current commercial pilot and former naval aviator with over 10000 flight hours, holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and is type-rated on the Boeing 757/767. John received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
 Schultz, Daniel
Daniel Schultz
Senior Manager In-flight Communication
Deutsche Telekom AG

Daniel Schultz is working for Deutsche Telekom’s Inflight division since 2010, which was also the first time he got in touch with the innovative project aiming to provide high-speed connectivity to aircraft over Europe with LTE. He has been responsible for the establishment of Deutsche Telekom’s Inflight business and has worked as an international account manager with focus on Asia and Middle East.

Before joining Deutsche Telekom AG, Daniel Schultz worked as a consultant for Detecon International GmbHmanaging various projects in the area of telecommunication and aviation. Before that time he was responsible for an European research project regarding the development of today’s LTE technology.

Daniel graduated in electrical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University.
 Shields, Mark 
Mark Shields
Managing Director
Avascent Group
Mark Shields a Managing Director at Avascent, directs general management consulting assignments in the commercial and military aviation, satellite communications and electronics sectors. A 10 year Avascent veteran, he is also a former partner at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) and has more than 25 years of general management consulting experience.  He has been involved in emerging technologies for air transport since leading the team that developed the first online booking product in the early 1990s, and has served a wide range of carriers, manufacturers and service providers.

In addition to his consulting experience, Mark has served at the executive level at Capital One, where he managed operations improvement initiatives for divisions in Canada and South Africa. 
He was also a vice president and the D.C. office head on the founding team of Military.com, the leading military content, commerce and community site on the Worldwide Web.  A former army officer, Mark holds an MBA from the Darden School of the University of Virginia and a BS from the US Military Academy at West Point.
 Sullivan, Bill
Bill Sullivan
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Enterprise Services
Bill Sullivan is Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Enterprise Services at ViaSat, a leading global broadband services and technology company.
He has thirty-five years of experience developing satellite communications systems for a wide range of markets and applications.
During his tenure at ViaSat, Bill has led the creation of new businesses for the Company aimed at the commercial airline, business aviation, maritime and transportation market segments.
Mr. Sullivan began his career at M/A-Com in the Communications Equipment Group where he helped develop one of the first satellite receivers for use in cable head ends.
Prior to that, he had a 17 year career at the MITRE Corporation where he led the development of a variety of transportable satellite communication systems for the U.S. Air Force and Army.
Mr. Sullivan earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and an MSEE from Northeastern University.
 Sverrisson, Alvar
Alvar Sverrisson
Flight Standards Specialist & Project Manager
Alvar Sverrisson is the Project Manager at Icelandair overseeing the implementation of the Icelandair EFB upgrade program. The purpose of this program is to upgrade the current EFB eco-system while at the same time, providing a platform on which a higher eEnablement strategy can be evolved at the airline. Previously he was a Flight Standards Specialist for Icelandair. His background includes experience with the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration (ICETRA) in Security Inspection, and multiple roles within Air Atlanta Icelandic as a Flight Standards Specialist, Dispatcher and Accounts Manager for Europe, Middle East & Asia Operations.
 Synnott, John
John Synnott
Manager Flight Operations Information Technology, Safety Operations and Infrastructure (SFO)
Mr. Synnott is IATA secretary to:
  • APTF (Aircraft Performance Task Force);
  • SCAP (Standard Computerised Aircraft Performance Task Force);
  • EFBTF (Electronic Flight Bag Task Force) production of Guidance Material.
IATA representative to ICAO for the Aeronautical Information Services - Aeronautical Information Management Study Group (AIS-AIMSG) Study Group.
IATA Advisor to the ICAO Information Management Panel.
IATA representative to the Joint IATA AEEC EFB User Forum and Expo.
 Terranova, Manuel
Manuel Terranova
CEO & President
Peaxy CEO and President Manuel Terranova is a technology veteran with a long track record of bringing emerging technologies to market. He has a broad range of P&L and technical leadership experience in oil and gas, subsea equipment, software application development, pipeline inspection robotics, telemetry systems and IT infrastructure.
Before co-founding Peaxy, Terranova was a Senior Vice President at General Electric's Drilling and Production business, where he led a $5.2 billion portfolio. In that role he managed the company's commercial and regional resources worldwide, which included the creation of a $200 million subsea equipment joint venture in sub-Saharan Africa. During his 13 years at GE, he led a number of successful software development efforts, including a GIS software business, remote pipeline monitoring and SupportCentral, a knowledge-based portal he co-founded that grew to become the company's second most used application worldwide. Terranova served as CIO of GE's Oil & Gas division from 2002 to 2006. In that role he led efforts to migrate the entire business from legacy applications to ERP and a contemporary application stack.
Jeff Immelt awarded him the Chairman's Award for Technology and Innovation in 2010. That year—as head of GE's subsea portfolio—he led a series of successful product launches, including a remotely enabled subsea control system that set industry records for market-share gains in a single year.
 Tucker, Toby
Toby Tucker
Portfolio Director, Innovation Programme
Toby Tucker is a Portfolio Director for SITAONAIR. He is responsible for the product strategy on EFB, CrewTab & Aircraft Data products including the successful market introduction and operational readiness of future products. Most recently Toby has been designing a suite of new services that aim to solve the data capture and distribution requirements for the connected aircraft.

He brings with him extensive experience in general management and business development, as well as in-depth knowledge of airline operational processes & systems. Accomplishments at SITA & SITAONAIR include the development of a web based Flight Planning solution, the introduction of an FMS Wind service promoting better fuel efficiencies to aircraft in-flight plus the set up and deployment of SITA’s EFB solution.

Before joining SITAONAIR, Toby worked in the Royal Air Force in Air Traffic services.
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 Verbaere, Lucille
Lucille Verbaere
Aircraft Data Services Product Manager
Lucille is responsible for defining SITAONAIR aircraft data management products and Go to Market strategy. These products help airlines, air framers, OEMs and MRO's realize the full benefits of the connected aircraft and optimise flight operations and maintenance.
Prior to joining SITAONAIR Lucille has had various R&D, engineering, product development, and partnership management positions, including wireless, mobility and working with SITA on developing global connectivity solutions. 

Lucille holds an MBA and MSc from Telecom ParisTech.
 Viggers, Brendan 
Brendan Viggers
Global Leader in Aerospace & Defense for Maintenance & Logistics Solutions
Brendan is a part of the Aerospace & Defence Centre of Excellence at IFS, a leading provider of agile, industry-proven enterprise asset management solutions for demanding industries. The centre of excellence has responsibility for all business development, market research and product subject matter expertise for the aerospace and defence industry. Brendan has been involved in enterprise asset management for over 15 years, working with some of the largest aerospace & defence manufacturers and service providers in the industry, delivering service and maintenance management solutions and is a specialist in IFS’s enterprise operational intelligence solution, which helps customers connect their strategy to operations.
 Wagner, Ralph
Ralph Wagner
Axinom Aerospace
Chief Operating Officer (COO) Axinom Group, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Axinom Aerospace.
As the leader of Axinom’s operations, Ralph is responsible for bringing the capabilities of Axinom’s expert team to bear on customer business needs, providing reliable, efficient solutions to real-world challenges.

Ralph has an overall strategic and operational responsibility for all axinom related products and services, leading and controlling the local management and unit leads.

He is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the operational aspects of the annual budget of the company.
 Wallis, Dr. Eckart
Dr Eckart Wallis
Product Manager In-Flight Entertainment
Lufthansa Systems
Dr. Eckart Wallis, born in 1965, has been working as Director Product Management since 2011. In this capacity he is responsible for the product and innovation management of the new generation Wi-Fi entertainment system “BoardConnect”.
Dr. Eckart Wallis joined the Lufthansa Group in 2001. As a specialist for database development he was responsible for a digitalization project transferring personal data to a high security HR system. In 2005 Dr. Wallis took over the Infrastructure Consulting Team and worked on a number of complex IT outsourcing projects. Following this he gained key experience working in high-level positions such as Director Presales & Projects Airlines and Key Account Manager for the Airline and Aviation Business. In this context he focused on cloud-based Software-as-a-Service Products running Lufthansa Systems airline software solutions.
Dr. Eckart Wallis attained his PhD in Geology at the Technical University of Berlin. From 1995 -2001 he was working as a scientific assistant on the development of a Geo-Information System for geochemical data in a German-Chinese research program. 
 Ward, Nick
Nick Ward
Product Manager, Predictive Equipment Health Management
Nick is the Product Manager for Engine Health Monitoring across the Rolls-Royce engine fleet.  Within this role, he is the custodian for the monitoring strategy that underpins Rolls-Royce TotalCare® services, with a drive to continually reduce operational disruption and maintenance cost for the customers. With over 25 years of experience within Rolls-Royce, Nick has consistently worked on services with data and analytics at the heart of the proposition and is currently engaged in applying the next generation of Internet of Things and Big Data approaches to the aviation industry. Previous roles have included consultancy and product management within rail, power generation, nuclear, oil & gas as well as aviation, bringing a broad industry experience to bear.

Nick holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a variety of software and product management qualifications.
 Wendschlag, Sven
Sven Wendschlag
Project Manager Cockpit Information Services
Lufthansa German Airlines


Sven Wendschlag has been working with the Lufthansa EFB team for the past five years. Before he worked as an business analyst at Lufthansa German airlines and Lufthansa Cargo for several years.
He focuses on EFB application development and connectivity. His current projects are introducing  the use of WLAN and an existing satellite Ku-Brand connection in the cockpit, and working together with Boeing to develop the 777-9 connectivity features.
Sven holds a bachelors  degree in information management and business administration.