has announced the appointment of
Jean-Paul Hamon as Executive Vice President (EVP), Development and President
of its Nice-based development company - Amadeus s.a.s.
Jacques Lignières, previously Senior Vice President, Development, and
President of Amadeus s.a.s.; retires after 40 years of activity in the IT
industry. “Jacques has made a unique contribution to the Company”, says José
Antonio Tazón, CEO and President, Amadeus worldwide. “He has successfully
led Amadeus’ software development operations through a critical and
challenging time, achieving worldwide recognition of our position as a
global leader in the supply of IT solutions to the travel industry.”
As EVP Development of Amadeus, Jean-Paul Hamon will have responsibilities
for all Amadeus’ software development branches. He will manage a team of
1,500 people in six sites worldwide (Nice, London, Sydney, Antwerp,
Frankfurt and Miami).
A French national, Jean-Paul graduated from l’École des Mines, Paris and has
extensive experience in the travel technology sector. He began his career in
Operational Research initially at the French Defense Operations Centre and
then at Air France. In 1986 he was a core member of the group that pioneered
the creation of Amadeus, which he joined in 1988. Appointed Senior Vice
President, Development, his work grew in line with Amadeus’ success and
expansion. In March 1998, he left Amadeus to become Executive Vice President
of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Air France. In
2000 he joined the Amadeus Board of Directors.
“Jean-Paul knows Amadeus well. He brings us seasoned experience in the
travel technology sector and strategic vision, both invaluable assets when
facing the challenges of his new position. He will play a pivotal role in
driving the continued evolution of the company’s technological development
and we are delighted to have him on our Senior Management team”, comments
José Antonio Tazón, CEO and President, Amadeus.