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SkyTeam appoints new managing director

SkyTeam appoints new managing director

SkyTeam has appointed Michael Wisbrun as its new Managing Director, replacing Marie-Joseph Malé effective 1 June 2011. As head of the management team, based in the central office in Amsterdam, Michael Wisbrun will be responsible for implementing the future strategic plan as set forth by the SkyTeam Governing Board.

Among the priorities outlined in the strategic plan are continued efforts to expand the SkyTeam network and enrich the alliance proposition with new customer-centered products and services.

Commenting on the new appointment, SkyTeam Chairman Leo van Wijk said: “Michael Wisbrun is a very experienced executive in the airline industry who has shown strong leadership and vision with a solid track record of delivering solutions to complex projects. He was instrumental in developing the KLM Northwest Joint Venture, the blueprint of which is still considered to be the most developed alliance in the world and is the basis of the current transatlantic Joint Venture among Delta, Air France, KLM and Alitalia.”

Marie-Joseph Malé, the first Managing Director of SkyTeam who set up the central office in 2009, has decided not to extend his contract with SkyTeam for personal reasons. Governing Board members have expressed their appreciation for the work he has done in establishing an effective organization. Leo van Wijk: “Marie-Joseph Malé has been pivotal in the development of SkyTeam, most notably the tremendous growth of its membership to 19 airlines in just two years. Throughout his leadership, he has set the foundation for the strategic plan that will be executed by the new management.”

Alongside Michael Wisbrun’s appointment, SkyTeam is also announcing a position of deputy Managing Director and the appointment of Mr. Su Liang to this role effective 1 June 2011. Van Wijk continued: “As we continue to grow our global presence, we have decided to strengthen our leadership team to support the Managing Director position. Su Liang is a senior executive from China Southern. His broad perspective on the emerging Asia Pacific markets will further reaffirm SkyTeam’s growing presence in the region and help in solidifying SkyTeam’s #1 position in the greater China region.”