Amsterdam, June 11th 2015 - SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has announced the intended retirement of Chairman Leo van Wijk, with effect from the November 2015 Governing Board meeting. Mr. Van Wijk has been the Chairman of the alliance since June 2007 and will be succeeded by current SkyTeam Chief Executive Officer, Michael Wisbrun.
SkyTeam’s Governing Board has selected Perry Cantarutti as Chief Executive Officer of SkyTeam Airline Alliance Management, replacing Mr. Wisbrun. Currently Delta Air Lines’ Senior Vice President – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mr. Cantarutti will join SkyTeam effective September 1, 2015 for a two-month transition period with Mr. Wisbrun.
“Since 2007, the alliance has increased in size and scale to 20 members with an expansive global reach. As the alliance celebrates its 15th anniversary, our members have intensified cooperation across the globe,” said Leo Van Wijk.
“SkyTeam provides technology platforms and aligns standards that make it easy for our members to do business together ensuring a seamless and consistent delivery of service to our customers right across the globe. The new leadership team will continue this work to deliver on our ‘Caring more about you’ promise, bringing seamless travel experience for our customers to a new level”.
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SkyTeam is the global airline alliance with 20 member airlines working together to offer seamless travel on an extensive global network. From top hubs around the world, SkyTeam members provide reliable and comfortable journeys to over 1,050 destinations. SkyTeam customers can unwind in 629 lounges as they travel, earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles. SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services. The 20 members are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam welcomes 612 million customers each year on more than 16,320 daily flights to over 1,050 destinations in 177 countries. www.skyteam.com / www.facebook.com/skyteam / www.youtube.com/user/skyteam www.wechat/skyteam/