The SITA Board has announced the appointment of David Lavorel as the company’s new CEO. Under his leadership and vision, SITA will continue to lead a strategic change for the industry, helping its customers implement digitalized and smart solutions.
Over the past 20 years at SITA, Lavorel has served in a range of senior roles, most recently as CEO of SITA AT AIRPORTS AND BORDERS. He also served as CEO of SITA FOR AIRCRAFT, where he pursued a strategy to extract the full potential of the connected aircraft for SITA’s airline customers. As Senior VP Corporate Development and Head of the CEO office, Lavorel’s responsibilities included executing the company’s growth and development plans.
Dr Omar Jefri, SITA Board Chair, said: “The air transport industry has been through an incredibly turbulent period. As we look to recovery, the digitalization of the industry is a key focus. David’s experience and knowledge of both the industry and SITA will be instrumental in cementing SITA’s position as a trusted partner, working with our shareholders to shape the future direction of the organization.”
Adib Charif, SITA Council President, said: “David brings a deep conviction and commitment to delivering SITA’s vision as a vital industry partner. The SITA Council looks forward to working closely with him.”
Lavorel replaces former CEO Barbara Dalibard who has left SITA after five years at the helm.
SITA is the air transport industry’s IT provider, delivering solutions for airlines, airports, aircraft, and governments. Our technology powers more seamless, safe, and sustainable air travel.
With around 2,500 customers, SITA’s solutions drive operational efficiencies at more than 1,000 airports while delivering the promise of the connected aircraft to customers of 18,000 aircraft globally. SITA also provides technology solutions that help more than 70 governments strike the balance of secure borders and seamless travel. Our communications network connects every corner of the globe and bridges 60% of the air transport community’s data exchange.
In 2021, SITA became a certified CarbonNeutral company in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol – the leading global standard for carbon-neutral programs. We are reducing our greenhouse gas emissions for all our operations through our UN-recognized Planet+ program, while also developing solutions to help the aviation industry meet its carbon reduction objectives, including reduced fuel burn and greater operational efficiencies. In 2022, we announced our commitment to setting science-based emission reduction targets aligned to the Science Based Targets initiative Net-Zero Standard.
SITA is 100% owned by the industry and driven by its needs. It is one of the most internationally diverse companies, providing services in over 200 countries and territories.