Director – independent
Member of the Appointments and Compensation Committee
Giovanni Bisignani
Giovanni Bisignani

Expertise and experience

Born in 1946, Giovanni Bisignani graduated from the Sapienza University of Rome (law, economics and business) where he later became assistant professor. He also attended the International Teachers Program at the Harvard Business School in Boston, United States.

Giovanni Bisignani started his career at First National Citibank. He then returned to Italy and, from 1976 to 1989, held several high-level positions at the energy company ENI and with the Italian industrial conglomerate IRI. He subsequently served as Administrative Director, then CEO and Managing Director, of Alitalia from 1989 to 1994, Chairman of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in 1992 and Chairman of Galileo International from 1993 to 1994.

From 1994 to 1998, he was President of Tirrenia di Navigazione, and from 1998 to 2001, he was CEO of SM Logistics – a member of the Serra Merzario group, partially owned by GE. In 2001, he launched Opodo, the first European travel portal, owned by Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa.

Giovanni Bisignani was Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) between 2002 and 2011. From 2002 to 2013 he was a Director of UK NATS (air navigation service provider).

He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Aviation, Travel & Tourism (Switzerland).

Since 2012, Giovanni Bisignani has been a visiting Professor at the School of Engineering at Cranfield University (UK) where he received the honorary "Doctor honoris causa" degree.


Current offices

  • Safran :
    • Director: Safran
  • Non-Group :
    • Director : Aircastle Limited (1) (US) (also a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee)

(1) Listed company.

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