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,  Senior Director Government & Corporate Affairs EMEA, Expedia & Chair of ETTSA since December 2015

Jean-Philippe was appointed Chair of ETTSA in December 2015. He is Senior Director Government & Corporate Affairs EMEA at Expedia. Prior to joining Expedia, Jean-Philippe was a Director at Interel European Affairs. From 2007-2009 he served as a Member of Cabinet of Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. He started his career as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. Jean-Philippe holds a degree in chemistry from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

Simon C. Gros

Simon C. Gros, Chief of Staff to the CEO and Group Vice President Government Affairs, Travelport  & Vice Chair of ETTSA since December 2015

Simon Gros is Chief of Staff to the CEO and Group Vice President for Travelport, based in Langley, United Kingdom. In this role, he heads the company’s corporate strategic function and serves as the CEO’s primary counselor.  Simon also coordinates engagement with government agencies, leaders, and legislators around the world in order to overcome legislative and regulatory barriers and advance business goals.  He previously was Travelport’s Vice President, Government Affairs, in Washington, D.C.

Simon joined Travelport in 2008 from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), where he held various roles of increasing responsibility, including Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Governmental Affairs.  

Simon began his career in Washington in 1997 working for United States Representative Frank A. LoBiondo.  Between his governmental stints, he was a lobbyist at Van Scoyoc Associates.  Simon completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland and holds a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.  Simon and his wife, Natalie, have two sons (Charlie and Micah) and live in London.  

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. 

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.