Amadeus reinforces Airport IT leadership team in APAC with two senior appointments
The airport business continues to experience rapid and disruptive change and to keep its commitment to support its growth and evolution, Amadeus has announced the promotion of Sarah Samuel to Head of Airport IT, Asia Pacific and the appointment of Sunil Ankalgi to Head of Sales and Account Management for Airport IT, Asia Pacific.
Sarah previously held the role of Head of Sales and Account Management, Asia Pacific. In her new position Sarah will be responsible for growing the Airport IT business in the region, overseeing sales, solution design, delivery, operations, and all commercial aspects of the airport unit within Amadeus. Based in Singapore, her role will ensure that airports, airlines and ground handlers can be successful with Amadeus’ solutions. She will report to the Head of Airport IT, John Jarrell.
Prior to joining Amadeus, Sunil was a Senior Commercial Manager, Airport Services, APAC at SITA INC APAC. In his new role, he will be responsible for selling and managing customer relations in the APAC region. Supported by the team of product, technical, delivery, and operations experts within Amadeus’ airport unit, he has been tasked with creating long-term partnerships with Amadeus’ airport, ground handler and airline customers within the APAC region. Sunil will report to Sarah Samuel.
Commenting on both appointments, John Jarrell, Head of Airport IT, Amadeus, said: “Sarah is well on her way to growing our airport business. Under her leadership Amadeus has already won significant contracts, including major Asian airports. Now we’re pleased to welcome Sunil to our team. Both will have a big focus on driving innovation and delivering high-quality solutions across the business. We are a forward-looking organization and providing solutions which move the industry forward is key to what we do. I have every confidence in Sarah and Sunil to drive that.”
Sarah Samuel, Head of Airport IT, Asia Pacific, said: “I’m passionate not only about growing the Amadeus airport business in APAC, but also about building the next generation of leaders within Amadeus and the wider airport industry. I’m also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace, ensuring we have men and women from a variety of situations and backgrounds in our team. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey in Amadeus with Sunil.”
Sunil Ankalgi, Head of Sales for Airport IT, Asia Pacific, said: “I would like to thank my industry mentors, customers, partners and peers for presenting me with challenges and trusting me with opportunities to play a meaningful role in transforming the airports sector in APAC. I will continue the good work in my new role at Amadeus in the APAC region and am excited to be part of a team that is leading a change to deliver greater benefits to the industry.”
Sarah has over 22 years of industry experience, having held roles at SITA, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Xybase Malaysia before joining Amadeus in 2014. Sarah is a prominent voice within the airport IT industry. She regularly attends airport events across Asia, speaking on behalf of Amadeus and talking to a range of issues facing the local industry.
Sunil also has over 20 years’ experience in sales and business development with 11 years of business development and sales of airport systems in APAC.
Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).
The Amadeus group employs over 16,000 people worldwide and does business in more than 190 countries. The company has central sites in Spain (corporate headquarters), France (development) and Germany (operations), and offices in 70 countries around the world.
For over 30 years, Amadeus has grown by collaborating with customers and partners, delivering innovative technology and powering better journeys for travellers all over the world.
The group operates a transaction-based business model.
Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under the symbol “AMS.MC” and is a component of the IBEX 35 index.