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Aleksander Popovich

 Strategic Advisor

I am a leading aviation executive having worked at British Airways and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with over 20 years’ experience as Chair and Member of Aviation Boards in the UK, USA, and China. I am an experienced guide and mentor to CEOs and executive management teams on strategy, good governance with restructure where necessary, risk management, appointment of CEOs, and executive remuneration. With a unique blend of board experience combined with cutting edge commercial, operational, technology, digital transformation and change leadership experience, I am able to deliver ‘Outside-In’ and ‘Inside-Out’ end-to-end insights which will support leadership teams in navigating post COVID challenges and opportunities. During my career I have learnt that the role of a board member is to actively listen and learn, constructively challenge, and assist the leadership team and its board towards achieving excellence. This is as opposed to being a self-opiniated armchair critic! I believe that the NEB member’s sole motivation should be to advise the board and leadership team of the right path towards excellence in achieving co-owned strategic goals. This entails the NEB member being a committed and active team player, posing the right, simple and powerful question at the right time in order to challenge both the leadership team and the board in developing and executing strategy, and knowing how to assess and if necessary address performance of the company, its leadership team and the board itself.


Expertise

  • FTSE 100 Company
  • Not-for-profit organisation Small (200+ employees)
  • Airlines/Aviation
  • Governance
  • Business Acumen
  • Change Management
  • Senior Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking

Experience

  • Chair
  • Committee Member
  • Vice President
  • Executive Director
  • Senior Manager

Board or Committee Experience

Title Sub Committee Company Name Industry
Chair and Board member, Beijing IATA Information Technology Co. BIITCO, Based in Beijing (2020-21)Beijing IATA Information Technology Co. BIITCO, subsidiary of International Air Transport Association (IATA)(IATA)Aviation
Board member, Cargo Network Services (CNS), based in Miami, USA, subsidiary of IATA), (2006-09)Cargo Network Services (CNS), based in Miami, USA, subsidiary of International Air Transport Association (IATA)Aviation
Chair and Board member ATPCO, based in Washington DC, USA, (2000-02)Airline Tariff Publishing Company (ATPCO), based in Washington DC, USAAviation
Board member, British Airways Holidays, based in London, UK, (2001-02)British Airways Holidays, based in London UKAviation

Executive Career Summary

Title Company Name Industry
SVP Customer, Financial and Digital Services, IATA, based in Geneva, Switzerland (2020-21)International Air Transport Association (IATA)Aviation
SVP Industry Distribution and Financial Services, IATA, based in Geneva, Switzerland (2009-19)International Air Transport Association (IATA)Aviation
Global Head Cargo, IATA, based in Geneva, Switzerland (2005-09)Internatinternational Air Transport Association (IATA)onal Air Transport Association (IATA)Aviation
Head Business Transformation, based London Heathrow, UK (2002-05)British AirwaysAviation
General Manager Revenue Management, based London Heathrow, UK (1997-02)British AirwaysAviation
General Manager World Cargo Network Management, based London Heathrow (1995-97)British AirwaysAviation}