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The process

The final decision on award recipients rest with a panel of respected and independent judges.

The panel

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.

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 non-executive director of South African Airways and sits on the boards of Hyderabad International Airport and EasyJet. Doganis is author of several books on air transport, the latest being The Airline Business, a new edition of which appeared early in 2006.

Joe Leonard
Joe Leonard is no stranger to The Airline Strategy Awards having been recognised by the judging team he joins with the Low-Cost and Regional Leadership Award in 2007. He is a long-time aviation industry veteran with a CV that takes him through senior positions at American, Northwest and Eastern Airlines before spending time with aerospace corporation AlliedSignal. However Joe is best known for his role in turning AirTran Airways into a major low-fare force in the US. He led the company as its chairman and chief executive from 1999 before retiring in June 2008. He remains a director of Air Canada.

Doug Steenland
Douglas M Steenland was President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Airlines Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Northwest Airlines Inc, from 2004 until its merger with Delta Air Lines in October 2008.  He held a number of executive positions since joining Northwest in 1991, including President from 2001 to 2004, Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer from 1999 to 2001, and Executive Vice-President–Alliances, General Counsel and Secretary in 1999. Doug is also an independent director of American International Group and Digital River.

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.

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.

Chairman - Max Kingsley-Jones
Max Kingsley-Jones 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 is now Ascend and part of Flightglobal. The move to Airline Business followed a short spell with Aviation Week magazine as London bureau chief.

Co-chairman - Mark Pilling
Mark Pilling is the publisher of Flightglobal’s publications business, which includes Airline Business, Flight International and Flight Daily News. He was promoted to this position in October 2010. Mark, who was previously editor of Airline Business, has been a business journalist, specialising in aviation, for his entire career which began reporting on the regional airline sector. He held the posts of deputy editor of Commuter World magazine and Interavia Aerospace Review prior to being appointed editor of Airports International in 1992. In 2000, he joined the editorial team at Airline Business, becoming its managing editor in January 2001 and editor in August 2005.

Facilitation - Michael Bell
Michael Bell co-leads the global aviation practice of Spencer Stuart, one of the world¹s top executive search firms. He previously spent six years with McKinsey, where he managed consulting relations with clients. The aviation practice is now a key area for Spencer Stuart, which specialises in senior-level executive search and board director appointments. Overall, the company has over 50 offices in 24 countries, conducting several thousand senior-level searches each year for clients from blue-chip corporations to small start-ups.

Facilitation - Thierry Lindenau
Based in Singapore and France, Thierry Lindenau co-leads the Global Aviation Practice Group of Spencer Stuart, one of the world¹s top executive search firms. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Lindenau was a senior consultant and later a partner at Kienbaum Executive Search in Munich.

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