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Aviation – Reconnect the World

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Panelist - Mikko Turtiainen

Mikko Turtiainen, Vice President, Global Sales – Market Management, Finnair as of 1 November 2015.

Mikko joined Finnair in 1999 and since then gathered extensive experience in sales and business development divisions within Finnair and the airline industry. His history at Finnair includes Sales responsibilities in Finland, North America and Asia. He started the Shanghai route for Finnair successfully. He has also worked for Revenue Management Pricing, as well as lead the Finnair Cargo Sales organization

Currently Mikko is heading up the Finnair Global sales organization while being part of the Commercial Leadership team. He emphasizes the development of digital solutions and implementation of new capabilities, while pushing for new approaches that can be adopted in sales.  As part of the Commercial Leadership team, he also contributes to the commercial strategy laying out the overall direction of Finnair.

He values strong communication skills and enhances a positive and energetic atmosphere.

Mikko is happily married with three children. As a Finn he is a big hockey fan, as well as enjoys team sports.

Panelist - Svend Leirvaag
Svend Leirvaag Amadeus

Svend Leirvaag, Vice President Industry and Regulatory Affairs, leads Amadeus’ government and institutional affairs globally.

Svend holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and started his career as a management trainee in Scandinavian Airlines in 1986, before joining newly established Amadeus in 1988. He returned to SAS in 1992 as Director of Marketing & Distribution. Working for the SAS CEO he led the implementation of TQM/LEAN in SAS’ commercial division worldwide, and subsequently the development and implementation of SAS’ travel agency programme in Scandinavia. After leaving SAS in 1997 he embarked on a successful management consulting career, acting as trusted advisor to top management across different industries and projects, including the establishment of a low-cost airline and an online travel agency. Svend rejoined Amadeus in 2011 to build the government and institutional affairs function he still leads.

Svend is a respected travel industry expert and has broad international management and consulting experience from airlines, hotel chains, travel management companies, and travel distribution.

Panelist - Eric Odone
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Eric Odone is the Vice President of Sales, Europe for Qatar Airways. He has been with Qatar Airways for four years, previously in the role of Senior Vice President for the Americas. Eric has extensive experience in the aviation and travel industry, working across the globe with some of the World’s leading airlines for more than 25 years