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Montie Brewer was chief executive of Air Canada between December 2004 and April 2009. Prior to Air Canada, he was senior vice-president planning at United Airlines. He has also held senior positions at Northwest Airlines, Republic Airlines, Braniff and TWA. He currently serves on the boards of Allegiant Travel Company, Finnair and Radixx International, and was formerly on the boards of Swiss and Aer Lingus.
Chris Browne joined the airline management board at EasyJet as chief operating officer on 1 October 2016, where she was responsible for all operational departments, before retiring in 2019. Chris had previously been appointed as a non-executive director on the EasyJet Board on 1 January 2016. She is also a non-executive director of Bovis Homes.
Browne has strong aviation operational and strategic expertise, having previously held several senior leadership positions including chief operating officer, aviation, of TUI Travel (2014-2015), managing director, Thomson Airways (2007-2014) and managing director, First Choice Airways (2002-2007). She also has over 25 years’ commercial and general management experience in a consumer facing industry with previous roles at Carlson Worldwide and Iberia.
Christina Cassotis has been chief executive at Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since January 2015. She has also been a director of S&T Bank since 2017. Prior to joining the airport authority, Cassotis worked for consultancy ICF SH&E where she held various positions including managing officer for airport services. Previous she was deputy director of communications at Massachusetts Port Authority. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from the University of Massachusetts
Alex de Gunten is the business development officer of HEICO Aerospace Corp, based in Miami. From 2003 to 2013 he served as Executive Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), which he was instrumental in relaunching. De Gunten has also served in senior positions at Orbitz, LanChile (LATAM) and Canadian Airlines (Air Canada).
Rigas Doganis advises governments and airlines on air transport policy. Former head of the air transport department at Cranfield University. He was Chairman/CEO of Olympic Airways in the mid-1990s, implementing a major restructuring. Has sat on the board of South African Airways and spent nine years on the EasyJet board. He chairs the European Aviation Club in Brussels and is the author of "Flying Off Course - airline economics and marketing" (2019)
Chris Tarry established independent consultancy and advisory business CTAIRA in 2002, providing advice to clients across the industry. Prior to that, he was one of the most highly rated aviation analysts during his near 20-year period in the London market. He writes a monthly column in Flight Airline Business and lectures at a number of universities including Coventry University where he has a visiting professorship, besides chairing, moderating and presenting at conferences around the world.