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Sansavini: the challenge of absorbing Air Europa after a solvent stint at Vueling

Marco Sansavini, the brand new future president and CEO of Iberia, faces his new challenge that will be marked by how he manages the absorption of Air Europa over the next few years, once he has demonstrated a solid step in the leadership of Vueling that he had reached precisely from a work in the commercial management of Iberia that was applauded by the sector (Marco Sansavini and Carolina Martinoli, new presidents and CEOs of Iberia and Vueling).

Sansavini thus represents another example of internal promotion at IAG, which has cases also covering the Air Nostrum youth academy, and reaching the group’s leadership with Luis Gallego, as well as Fernando Candela or Javier Sánchez Prieto, with results above what is expected in each of them.

The future president and CEO of Iberia represents a profile of knowing several companies of the airline conglomerate, with different business models and markets, and having been responsible for different areas, and then proving his worth at the head of an airline that clearly dominates one of large European airports such as Barcelona.

Sansavini is now taking a leap to its largest task to date, with new tasks more focused on strategy and finances, and greater political weight such as Iberia, and its dependence on bodies such as the European one so that the legacy it leaves from its stage As the chief executive of the largest national airline, he may be among those with the greatest change between how he found it and what dimension it may have when he fulfills his mandate.

Under the command of Sansavini, Vueling has maintained leadership at El Prat airport and has consolidated itself at Orly and Gatwick, while it has managed to de-seasonalize Vueling’s operations with greater activity in the winter season, at the same time as this summer The airline will concentrate its operations even more in Barcelona, ​​where it will increase flights by 7% (Vueling reinforces its deseasonalization strategy with new routes).

With a long history in the sector, after holding positions of responsibility at KLM and the former Alitalia, Sansavini (Bologna, 1967) led the Barcelona low-cost company since 2020 in one of the most delicate moments in the airline industry, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. covid.

Sansavini, who will take the reins of Iberia in a matter of a month, therefore assured that “the last three years have been the most intense and exciting of my professional life, which is why I want to thank the great team at Vueling that has made it possible for the company today is stronger and more resilient than ever.

His boss Luis Gallego, CEO of IAG, highlighted on his side that “the fact that we make these changes internally, with managers who are on the IAG management committee, is proof of the quality of our professionals. The profound experience of our senior team is one of the advantages of the group structure.

Source: Preferente

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