Posted on: 30 March 2016 by Mark Howells
SITA’s board of directors have announced that Barbara Dalibard will replace Francesco Violante as the company’s new chief executive officer from 1 July 2016.
Dalibard joins SITA from SNCF where she served as CEO of SNCF Voyageurs, which manages all passenger traffic, long distance and commuter services.
Prior to joining SNCF in 2010, she spent seven years with Orange Business Services, five of which as president and CEO. Dalibard spent the majority of her career at France Telecom where she held a variety of senior management positions and was responsible for creating new internet and mobile service offerings. Later, she became head of the company’s enterprise offering, first for France and then internationally.
Omar Jefri, chair of the SITA board and EVP corporate management and regulations at Saudi Arabian Airlines, commented, “Barbara Dalibard has the ideal combination of executive management experience and leadership to strengthen the role of SITA in the air transport community and we are looking forward to working with her. She joins SITA, which is well positioned for the future after the strong leadership of Francesco Violante, who over the past decade has dramatically transformed the organisation merging previously separate entities into a single company that delivers award winning IT solutions to the industry, touching every aspect of the travel journey. On behalf of the SITA board, I would like to thank Francesco for his dedication and for his vast contribution to the industry. The board looks forward to his continued strong leadership until Ms. Dalibard joins SITA in July.”
Violante is leaving SITA after more than 13 years at the helm, 10 years of which he spent as CEO of the SITA Group.
Jappe Blaauw, president of the SITA Council and KLM’s chief transformation officer, stated, “Ms. Dalibard is an experienced executive who brings a tremendous amount of knowledge to the role having worked across a number of businesses in IT telco and travel. She understands SITA’s business well and brings deep comprehension of enterprise communications with a strong understanding of the stakeholder demands of the travel sector and is ideally positioned to lead SITA into the future.”