ETTSA Board of Directors

The ETTSA Board is composed of 6 Directors elected by a General Assembly of member company representatives. The Board meets four times a year and has ultimate decision-making powers for the management and administration of the Association.

Jean Philippe Monod de Froideville,  Vice-President Government & Corporate Affairs, Expedia

Jean-Philippe is Vice-President Government & Corporate Affairs at Expedia and appointed Chair of the European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA) since December 2015. Prior to joining Expedia, Jean-Philippe was a Partner at Interel European Affairs. From 2007-2009 he served as a Member of Cabinet of EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. He started his career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Jean-Philippe holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau/Singapore.

Svend Olav Leirvaag

Svend Olav Leirvaag, Vice President Industry Affairs, Amadeus

Svend Leirvaag is responsible for Amadeus’ relationships with travel industry organizations, governmental bodies, and regulatory authorities globally. Industry Affairs also encompasses Amadeus’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), such as the Click for Change partnership with UNICEF, and Environmental Sustainability activities.
Svend is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Business, and started his career in 1986 as a management trainee with Scandinavian Airlines. In 1988, Svend joined recently established Amadeus, working in the area of market development, customer services, and product management based in Madrid and also in Sophia Antipolis.

In 1992 he rejoined Scandinavian Airlines as Marketing Director for Norway, in this capacity responsible for distribution, marketing, and frequent flyer programme management.  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 deciding to leave SAS in 1997, Svend embarked on a successful management consulting career, and worked as a trusted advisor to top management of companies across several industries, with a particular focus on commercial strategy, customer management, and the application of digital technology. Sometimes taking temporary management positions, he has led a number of complex development projects, including the commercial launch of newcomer airline Norwegian Air Shuttle.  Svend has broad international management experience from the airline industry, travel management, online travel distribution and customer relationship management, and returned to work for Amadeus in 2011. Svend is married, has two children and is based in Madrid. 

Peter Lochbihler has been Director Public Affairs at since February 2016, in charge of global government relations and based at headquarters in Amsterdam. Prior to joining, Peter was working with Rolls-Royce from 2012 to 2016 and served as Vice President - EU Affairs, representing the power systems company towards the EU institutions. From 2001 to 2011, Peter held senior roles in Public Affairs consulting firms in Brussels, where he advised multinational corporations from various sectors.Peter was born in Regensburg (Germany) and, following university studies in Germany, the UK and France, holds a Master of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). Further to his native German, Peter speaks fluent English and French, and some Italian and Spanish. Peter attended the Georgetown Leadership Seminar at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2011, is an alumnus of the British-German Young Königswinter Conference and a member of the Tönissteiner Kreis, a German network of executives in international business and politics. 

Christoph is the Secretary General of the European Technology & Travel Services Association (ETTSA), which groups global distribution systems (GDSs) and major online travel companies. Christoph represents the interests of ETTSA and its members vis-a-vis European policy makers, industry stakeholders, consumer groups and the media. Previously, Christoph was a partner at The Prisma Consulting Group, Brussels/Geneva. He advised, amongst others, Apax Partners, Boeing Co., the British Business and General Aviation Assocation,, Japan Air Lines, P&O / DP World, and SITA. A graduate of the University of Maastricht and Budapest University, Christoph is based in Brussels, Belgium. He is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the European Aviation Club. He is also a regular speaker at travel industry events in Europe and beyond.