SkyTeam Airline Alliance Appoints New Executives

Chief Executive Officer, Sky Team, Michael Wisbrun
Chief Executive Officer, Sky Team, Michael Wisbrun

The global airline alliance said that it has appointed a new leadership team.
An online statement by SkyTeam, said that Perry Cantarutti had been named as Chief Executive Officer and that Michael Wisbrun had also taken over as the Chairman of the Governing Board.
It added that the appointments were confirmed today at a meeting of the alliance’s Governing Board composed of Chief Executive Officers, (CEOs) and Chairmen of the 20 member airlines.
Sky Team informed that the Chairman of the alliance, Leo van Wijk retired after more than eight years as the chairman.
Cantarutti joins SkyTeam from Delta Air Lines where he held the position of Senior Vice President Europe, Middle East and Africa.
During his five years in this role, Cantarutti was instrumental in maximising the profitability of the airline’s trans-Atlantic operations and identifying growth opportunities for its joint venture with Air France, KLM and Alitalia; the industry’s largest trans-Atlantic alliance.
According to the new Chairman of the Governing Board, Michael Wisbrun, “Cantarutti brings with him a wealth of experience gained throughout 23 years in the aviation industry which, combined with his track record of forging successful airline partnerships and driving customer-focused results, will make him a dynamic leader of the SkyTeam alliance.”
Speaking Cantarutti, “On behalf of all SkyTeam members, I would like to thank and commend Leo for his eight-years leading the alliance as the Chairman, for his direction and guidance during this period of impressive growth for the Alliance.”
He continued, “During Leo’s tenure and with Michael as the Chief Executive, SkyTeam secured the leading position in Greater China, grew its global presence and set itself apart as the customer focused alliance.”
SkyTeam is the global airline alliance with 20 member airlines working together to offer seamless travel on an extensive global network.