Judging Panel (JP)

The Judging Panel consists of max. 25 aircraft interior experts and specialists.

Judging Panel

The Crystal Cabin Award members of the Judging Panel in alphabetical order:

Walé Adepoju

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE)

Walé Adepoju

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE)

Walé Adepoju is Executive Vice President  & Chief Commercial Officer of Global Eagle. 

Previously, Adepoju was Chief Operating Officer of Advanced inflight Alliance (AIA) which was acquired by Global Eagle.  Adepoju successfully led the performance growth across the AIA group of companies covering all aspects of IFE content, services and applications for airline passengers. He is the founder of IMDC, an organization that advises companies on optimizing investment in passenger systems. With almost 20 years of experience in creating and delivering successful strategies, he is regarded as one of the leading experts in the sector.

Prior to IMDC, Adepoju was responsible for Strategy & Development at Spafax. Earlier in his career, he worked as an air transport analyst providing key investment advice on Aerospace companies and products. This included new aircraft analysis, re-engine and retrofit analysis. He was part of the investment team that successfully executed the turnaround and sale of Thermal Engineering – an aero engine parts supplier.  Adepoju holds an honors degree in Manufacturing Engineering and a Masters in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University.

Walé Adepoju
Vern Alg

Independent Consultant in Aircraft Interiors Project Management

Vern Alg

Independent Consultant in Aircraft Interiors Project Management

Vern Alg
Peter Bishop

Managing Director
Bishop GmbH

Peter Bishop

Managing Director // Bishop GmbH

Peter Bishop is a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer, he is founder and Managing Director of Bishop GmbH - Aeronautical Engineers, and AFCS - Aircraft Fuel Cell Systems GmbH. Mr. Bishop possesses nearly 30 years aeronautical experience. He is the holder of several patents, including in the field of cabin interior.

Peter Bishop
Thierry Rouge Carrassat

Chief Technical Officer, Zodiac Aerospace

Thierry Rouge Carrassat

Chief Technical Officer, Zodiac Aerospace

Thierry Rouge Carrassat is Chief Technical Officer of Zodiac Aerospace.   

Since 2010, he has been managing and coordinating the R&T and Innovation for the entire Zodiac Aerospace Group focusing on the introduction of new technologies and concepts for the Cabin.

With almost 20 years of experience in aeronautical engineering, he has been led several developments covering a large scope of product range  .Thierry holds an executive MBA from HEC Paris and an Engineer Masters from the ENSAM. He is member in several panels in the GIFAS

Thierry Rouge Carrassat
Peter Cooke

Design Manager Aircraft Cabins
British Airways

Peter Cooke

Design Manager Aircraft Cabins // British Airways

Peter Cooke has more than 17 years of professional experience in the aviation industry. After graduating at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 1989, he worked for six years as Senior Designer at Grey Matter Consultants. In 2000, Peter Cooke joined British Airways as Design Management Executive and moved in 2006 to the British Airways Design Lead Cabin Interiors. During the last 17 years at British Airways he has overseen and lead many aircraft interior programs including complete redesign of First Class on 747 and 777, role out of new cabin interiors on A380 and 787-9, new Premium Economy and Economy seats for 787 and A380, A320/321 Shorthall product and interior refresh as well as new Club World trim and the new 787-9 First Class seat.

Peter Cooke
Kent D. Craver

Director Cabin Experience & Revenue Analysis
The Boeing Company

Kent D. Craver

Director Cabin Experience & Revenue Analysis // The Boeing Company

Kent D. Craver has been working in the commercial airline industry for 20 years: 15 years at Continental Airlines with responsibility for the onboard passenger experience and 5 years at Boeing Commercial Airplanes as interiors specialist influencing the cabin interiors philosophy.

Kent D. Craver
Tony Dixon

Editor
Airliner World Magazine

Tony Dixon

Editor // Airliner World Magazine

Tony Dixon
Paul Estoppey

Senior Director, Head of Product Management Cabin LH Group Hub Airlines Austrian, Lufthansa, SWISS

Paul Estoppey

Senior Director, Head of Product Management Cabin LH Group Hub Airlines Austrian, Lufthansa, SWISS

Paul Estoppey has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. After various jobs in other industries, Paul started his aviation career on the operational side of an airline. After 10 years in station management and operations control, he changed to product and development and took over Cabin Interior Development & Infotainment in 2001 for Swiss International Air Lines in Zurich. With now more than 15 years of experience in cabin interiors he was nominated on July 1st 2016 as “Senior Director, Head of Product Management Cabin” for the 3 Lufthansa Group Hub Airlines: Lufthansa, Austrian and SWISS, together with a team spread over 3 locations; Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich.

Paul Estoppey
Dr. Holger Friehmelt

Senior Manager After Sales Projects, Customer Service
Recaro Aircraft Seating

Dr. Holger Friehmelt

Senior Manager After Sales Projects, Customer Service // Recaro Aircraft Seating

Dr Holger Friehmelt has more than 25 years of professional experience in the aviation industry. Beyond various research and technology positions both in Germany and the U.S. for several companies, Holger Friehmelt was in different management functions for project and product management at Recaro Aircraft Seating. He has been leading AAT Composites, an aerospace supplier based in Cape Town, South Africa, as managing director during the last years. Now he is back at Recaro Aircraft Seating as Senior Manager After Sales Projects, Customer Service.

Dr. Holger Friehmelt
Adam Gavine

Editor
Aircraft Interiors International Magazine

Adam Gavine

Editor // Aircraft Interiors International Magazine

Adam Gavine is the editor of Aircraft Interiors International, published by UKIP Media&Events, the founder of Aircraft Interiors Expo. The magazine is the industry's leading publication, providing its 12,000+ readers with the latest information on the most important new innovations, products, technologies and airline case studies, via its beautifully illustrated pages and sharply written articles. Adam is also editor of sister titles Airline Entertainment International and Airline Catering International.

Adam Gavine
Prof. Werner Granzeier

Professor Emeritus of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences HAW

Prof. Werner Granzeier

Professor Emeritus of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences HAW

Prof Granzeier works in the european aerospace industry since 1974, MBB, VFW-FOKKER and AIRBUS Industrie. Since 1984 he is a consultant for transportation industrial design for e.g. BOEING, FACC, DASELL Cabin interior, AIRBUS and DIEHL. Furthermore he is a member of german parlamentary group-Aviation and Space Group in the Bundestag/FORUM e.V. in Berlin.

Prof. Werner Granzeier
Peter Hardie

Aviation
Consultant

Peter Hardie

Aviation // Consultant

Peter Hardie
Dr. Dierk Hickmann

CEO Engineering
Office Dierk Hickmann

Dr. Dierk Hickmann

CEO Engineering // Office Dierk Hickmann

Dr. Dierk Hickmann
Zuzana Hrnkova

Vice President Marketing in ATR

Zuzana Hrnkova

Vice President Marketing in ATR

Zuzana Hrnkova has 22 years’ experience in aviation business. After graduating as engineer and private pilot in 1991 from the Air Transport University of Zilina, Slovakia and from the French School of Civil Aviation (ENAC) in Toulouse in 1994, Zuzana joined Airbus in 1994 as a trainee and then as Performance Engineer in the Product Marketing group. In 1998, she moved to the A330/A340 product marketing group where she supported the marketing and entry in service of the A340-500 and A340-600. During this period she discovered a passion for the cabin interior and that remains to the present day.
From 2003 to 2007, Zuzana was Payload Accommodation Manager responsible for explaining Airbus cabins to customers, as well as providing the cabin engineering team with customer and market requirements.  She continued her development as Aircraft Interiors Marketing Director from 2007 to 2011 responsible for supporting sales campaigns, as well as supporting cabin interiors developments and working on market strategy.
Her last assignment in Airbus was Head of Aircraft Interiors Marketing since 2011. She was responsible for leading the Aircraft Interiors Marketing team, covering all current and future Airbus cabins. One of her main tasks was to guide new cabin product developments in order to ensure that cabin design fulfills all passengers’ and airlines’ expectations.
Since 1st September 2015, Zuzana is appointed as Vice President Marketing in ATR, leading the team responsible for Market Strategy, Airline Marketing and Product Development.

Zuzana Hrnkova
Sean Johnson

Director of Completions product development for the Global 7000&8000, Bombardier Aerospace

Sean Johnson

Director of Completions product development for the Global 7000&8000, Bombardier Aerospace

Sean Johnson is the Director of Completions product development for the Global 7000&8000. He has worked for Bombardier Aerospace for nearly 20 years in various leadership positions. He is responsible for designing the next generation of innovative business aircraft interiors for the flagship of the Bombardier product line, and for interacting with Bombardier Aerospace clients to capture their unique and special needs. He holds a Bachelor Degree from The University of Waterloo in Mechanical Engineering.

Sean Johnson
Michael Kaye

Vice President Technical Operations
Austrian Airlines AG

Michael Kaye

Vice President Technical Operations // Austrian Airlines AG

Michael Kaye is Vice President Technical Operations at Austrian Airlines since 1rst May 2016. Before that, he has been Technical Director at Germanwings with two areas of responsability, nominated Postholder Maintainance of the CAMO since February 2007 and accountable Manager for the EASA145 Organization, which has started in May 2008.

Michael Kaye
Rachel Khong

Manager
Premium Product, Cathay Pacific

Rachel Khong

Manager // Premium Product, Cathay Pacific

Rachel leads the teams that manage the onboard and ground passenger experience. The onboard and ground teams have direct responsibility for managing the customer proposition, setting service standards and developing new product innovations for the First Class and Business Class cabins and lounges across the Cathay Pacific network.

Rachel Khong
Mary Kirby

Runway Girl Network Founder, Editor and Publisher
Runway Girl Network

Mary Kirby

Runway Girl Network Founder, Editor and Publisher // Runway Girl Network

Mary Kirby has covered the aviation industry for 18 years as both a journalist and an editor. After cutting her teeth at a weekly world airline newsletter Mary joined Flightglobal in 1999 as a reporter for its real-time news site Air Transport Intelligence. She was promoted to Deputy Editor, Americas in 2003 and later to US Editor. In 2007 Mary assumed the position of Senior Editor at Flightglobal’s weekly magazine title, Flight International, where she led coverage of inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors. During this time, she was also proprietor of the highly regarded Runway Girl blog, which focused on covering the passenger experience (#PaxEx) sector. In November 2013, Mary launched Runway Girl Network, which delivers news and intelligence about the airline passenger experience industry, promotes diversity and highlights the work and accomplishments of women in aviation. The award-winning site is completely transforming the traditional aviation B2B trade news model to encompass a B2B2C model that considers passengers’ needs and wants.

Mary Kirby
Wolf-Dieter Kuhnla

Vice President R&T and Innovation, Diehl Aerosystems

Wolf-Dieter Kuhnla

Vice President R&T and Innovation, Diehl Aerosystems

As last Airbus head of engineering at Laupheim Airbus site Wolf-Dieter Kuhnla managed the carve-out to Diehl Aircabin. Major achievements were the certification as 21J design organization, re-alignment to a 1.Tier supplier for major A350 WP. In 2013 he took over the R&T and Innovation responsibility for the entire Diehl Aerosystems division focusing on synergetic innovations for the additionally acquired companies.
Starting his work after studying aeronautical Engineering in Munich at Airbus Helicopters in the load mechanics department, he became Manager Predesign. After predesign of the EC 145 he relocated to Donauwörth as Chief Engineer EC 135 and built up the engineering in Donauwörth as Head of engineering commercial helicopters and was responsible for serial ramp-up, upgrades and continuous airworthiness.
At Airbus Helicopter he was promoted to vice president engineering airplane components while successfully developing the A380 door systems, including a certification of his engineering to an EASA certifies 21J design organization. Finally he was VP engineering airframe modules and led a transnational organization.
With over 25 years of experience in aeronautical engineering he has been asked to lead several taskforces on weight and cost optimization.  He is a gold member of the American helicopter society aircraft design team and a representative in several panels of Diehl in the BDLI.  

Wolf-Dieter Kuhnla
Patrick Lutz

Managing Director at Aviation Quality Services & IOSA Lead Auditor

Patrick Lutz

Managing Director at Aviation Quality Services & IOSA Lead Auditor

Patrick Lutz, Head of Audit Program at the Aviation Quality Services GmbH (AQS), is responsible for the worldwide coordination of 55 aviation safety inspectors, so called IOSA auditors. Amongst other issues the IOSA program requires in depth auditing of the airline’s cabin management. Complying with the IOSA standard is mandatory for airlines wishing to become or stay IATA members.

Patrick Lutz
Yung Han Ng

Vice President Product Innovation, Singapore Airlines

Yung Han Ng

Vice President Product Innovation, Singapore Airlines

Yung Han Ng
Nicolas Pinel

Corporate Vice President Account Management of BE Aerospace

Nicolas Pinel

Corporate Vice President Account Management of BE Aerospace

Nicolas Pinel is Corporate Vice President Account Management of BE Aerospace, world’s leading manufacturer of aircraft cabin interior products for both commercial airliners and business jets. Heading the corporate sales programs worldwide since 2012, the company serves virtually all of the world’s airlines, aircraft manufacturers and leasing company through its direct global sales.
He joined BE Aerospace in 1997 where he initially oversaw business development with Airbus, going on to develop and oversee the major accounts sales team. In 2007, he went on to head up the company’s Corporate Programs for the EMEA, Indian, Chinese and Northeast Asian markets.
He began his career in 1981 as regional director of Total Saudia Arabia, overseeing their regional oil by-products subsidiary and launching the company’s jet fuel operation at Jeddah International Airport. In 1985 he joined the French-Qatari investment and trading firm Comoil, heading up their lobbying division for the EMEA region, and representing French industry leaders in the aeronautic and energy sectors. In 1991 he joined Cardinal Conseil, a strategic consultancy to the French banking industry. As a partner in the firm, he worked closely with leading French banking institutions as an operational management consultant, and created the firm’s highly-successful sales negotiation training division.
Nicolas Pinel holds a MBA in Marketing from IAE Paris and a Harvard Business school PMD.

Nicolas Pinel
Fernando A. Ponzo de Siqueira

Senior Manager Interiors Engineering
Embraer

Fernando A. Ponzo de Siqueira

Senior Manager Interiors Engineering // Embraer

Fernando Antônio Ponzo de Siqueira graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 (Brazil). He has been working for Embraer since 1984. Throughout this period of time, he has worked in the following teams: Structures, Interiors, Programs, Marketing Intelligence, Customer Services. Currently he is leading the Interiors Area for new developments.

Fernando A. Ponzo de Siqueira
Melissa Raudebaugh

General Manager - Aircraft Experience,
Delta Air Lines

Melissa Raudebaugh

General Manager - Aircraft Experience, // Delta Air Lines

Melissa Raudebaugh is a member of Delta Air Lines’ Customer Experience team and currently serves as General Manager – Aircraft Experience. In her role, Melissa leads the team responsible for defining and developing new products directly related to the cabin interior. During her 14 years at Delta, Melissa has held positions in Supply Chain, Interiors Engineering, Fleet Strategy and Aircraft Acquisitions. She has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master in Business Administration from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Delta, Melissa served as a test engineer at Rocketdyne.

Melissa Raudebaugh is also Chairwoman of the Crystal Cabin Award Judging Panel since November 2014. 

Melissa Raudebaugh
Rolf Dieter Sellge

V.P. S&M - Super98LLC
Aviation Consultant

Rolf Dieter Sellge

V.P. S&M - Super98LLC // Aviation Consultant

Rolf Sellge continues his 35-year aviation career at Douglas, McDonnell Douglas, and Boeing with Super98. He has held various positions in liaison and electrical engineering including Director Twinjet Customer Engineering, Director Twinjet Derivative Development, Director 717 Program Integration and Product Marketing.

Rolf Dieter Sellge
Paul Sweeney

Program Manager Aircraft Design & Projects, Qantas Airways

Paul Sweeney

Program Manager Aircraft Design & Projects, Qantas Airways

Paul Sweeney is currently the Program Manager for the Aircraft design & Projects Group at Qantas Airways managing the project management group responsible for new aircraft line fit cabin development and aircraft reconfigurations. Paul has 15 years’ experience in the aviation industry working across aircraft seating, cabin design and IFE. Paul’s background as an engineer has seen him participate in the development of leading edge technologies both technically and commercially.

Paul Sweeney
Prof. Peter Vink

Professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Prof. Peter Vink

Professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Peter Vink is professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, where he teaches, guides students (PhD and MSc) and conducts research. He has more than 200 publications in the field of participative design and comfort.

Prof. Peter Vink
Ingo Wuggetzer

Vice President Cabin Marketing, Airbus Operations GmbH

Ingo Wuggetzer

Vice President Cabin Marketing, Airbus Operations GmbH

Ingo Wuggetzer, Vice President Cabin Innovation & Design, is responsible for the complete coverage of all Cabin Marketing activities – starting with Trend & Market Research to identify Future Customer Needs, up-to Customer campaign activities to create value added solutions by consumer centric approach. Therefore he also drives the relevant channels to promote cabin advantages, including fairs, exhibitions and the Sales mock-up centre.

In his former role as Vice President Strategy, Innovation & Design, Ingo established a consumer centric approach, covering key upstream services ‘trend and market research’. On this basis, Ingo set up a cabin product and technology strategy as a guideline for future cabin innovations – some examples of the major innovations he delivered are the A350XWB cabin design, the A350 XWB Customer Definition Centre and the Concept Cabin Vision 2050, both resulting in a new passenger comfort & service experience as well as a higher airline efficiency.
After studying both aeronautical engineering and business administration, Ingo worked for a top international management consultancy for three years. In 1996 Ingo joined Lufthansa for almost ten years and held several positions. As Senior Manager Corporate Strategy, he was responsible for fleet strategy decisions, business cycle management and the Aircraft Asset Management Team. In 1999 he became General Manager Cabin Development and Product Innovation for Lufthansa’s in-flight-products.

In addition to his role at Airbus, Ingo is board member of the APEX Board (Airline Passenger Experience Association) and is chairing the Marketing & Communication Committee. Furthermore he is member of the judging panel for the Crystal Cabin Award and in addition he is lecturing at different universities in Europe.

Ingo Wuggetzer