Montie Brewer

Montie Brewer was president and chief executive of Air Canada between December 2004 and April 2009, having joined the airline in April 2002 as executive vice president commercial. Prior to Air Canada, he was senior vice president planning at United Airlines. While at United he was president of United Shuttle and acted as a key negotiator in the founding of Star Alliance.

 Montie has also held senior positions at Northwest Airlines, Republic Airlines, Braniff and TWA. He currently serves on the airline boards of Allegiant Travel Company, Swiss International Air Lines and Aer Lingus, and serves as a member of the US Federal Aviation Administration management advisory council.

Geoff Dixon

Geoff Dixon stepped down in November 2008 after eight years as Managing Director and Chief Executive of Qantas. He currently sits on the Boards of publicly listed Australian companies, Crown Limited, Consolidated Media Holdings Limited and Facilitate Digital. He is Chairman of the Australian Government agency responsible for the international and domestic marketing of Australia as a destination for leisure and business travel – Tourism Australia and Chairman of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation.

Ray Webster

Ray Webster was the Chief Executive of EasyJet during its first 10 years,standing down in 2005. He currently sits on the Boards of Kuoni Travel Holding, listed in Zurich, and Pegasus Airlines, a low-cost airline based in Istanbul. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Sloan Management Program at Stanford University, California. He consults to the airline and travel industry, focusing on the low cost sector. Prior to joining EasyJet, he had an extended career with Air New Zealand in a range of commercial and technical roles, holding the post of Director of Strategy at time of departure.

Facilitation – Michael Bell

Michael Bell is a Senior Client Partner in the Global Industrial Practice of Korn Ferry, based out of the  Miami office.
Michael was previously with a global recruiting firm, where he founded and co-led the Global Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Practice. He provides top-level executive search and leadership advisory services to a broad range of clients in the aerospace, airline, and airport sectors. 
Earlier in his career, Michael enjoyed seven years at McKinsey & Company with a specific focus on the firm’s Organizational Performance Practice. Prior to McKinsey, he worked at the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto, where he worked with the dean, the faculty and the Dean’s Advisory Council on a broad range of development areas, including strategic planning, program development, and fundraising, as well as business, community and alumni relations

Alex de Gunten

Alex de Gunten is the Business Development Officer of  the Flight Support Group at global spares specialist HEICO. From 2003-2013 Alex served as Executive Director of the Latin American & Caribbean Air Transport Association ALTA, which he was instrumental in re-launching. He remains as Advisor to the association’s executive committee.  Previously, Alex served as Managing Director International of Orbitz, CEO of RepWorld Holdings, Vice President International LanChile, and Director General for Latin America for Canadian Airlines International . He has a Master’s in Business Administration with a major in International Business at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

Professor Rigas Doganis

Professor Doganis advises governments and airlines on air transport policy. Until 1997 he was head of the air transport department at Cranfield University. He became chairman of Olympic Airways in the mid-1990s, implementing a major restructuring programme.  He was until 2006 a non-executive director of South African Airways and sits on the board of Hyderabad International Airport. Until recently, Doganis was a member of the EasyJet board and continues to chair the board's safety sub-committee.  Doganis is author of several books on air transport, the latest being The Airline Business, a new edition of which appeared early in 2006.

Chris Tarry

Chris Tarry, one of the most highly rated aviation analysts in the London market, established independent consultancy CTAIRA in 2002. Prior to that, he headed airline analysis at Commerz-bank. Previously he headed European transport research at Dresdner Kleinworth Benson, leading a number of major international share issues. He writes a monthly column in Airline Business and also lectures at the UK’s London School of Economics and Cranfield University, as well as holding a Senior Visiting Fellowship at the University of Surrey.

Chairman - Max Kingsley-Jones

Max Kingsley-Jones, who is executive director content at FlightGlobal, was appointed editor of Airline Business in December 2010, having previously spent 14 years with Flight International magazine where he was ultimately deputy editor. Prior to joining Flight in May 1996 as commercial aviation editor he spent 10 years working in various roles at UK aviation consultancy Airclaims, which later became Ascend and is now he consultancy arm of FlightGlobal. He also had a short spell with Aviation Week magazine as London bureau chief.