The Crystal Cabin Award members of the Judging Panel in alphabetical order:
Entrepreneur and Business Consultant
Entrepreneur and Business Consultant
Entrepreneur and Business Consultant
Walé Adepoju is a growth & transformation focused business strategist with a strong track record in the airline passenger experience industry.
Previously, Adepoju held several senior executive roles at Global Eagle including, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer. He successfully grew the content and digital media group organically and through acquisition. Prior to GEE he was Chief Operating Officer of Munich-based Advanced inflight Alliance (AIA), which was acquired by Global Eagle. He is the founder of IMDC, an organization that advises companies on optimizing investment in passenger systems and cabin products. With over 20 years of experience in creating and delivering successful strategies, he is regarded as one of the leading experts in the sector.
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 analyses. 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.
Independent Consultant in Aircraft Interiors Project Management
Independent Consultant in Aircraft Interiors Project Management
Vern Alg is the Industry Consultant for Aircraft Interiors Expo and the principal at ALG Consulting. His industry experience spans 55 years with multiple responsibilities at numerous airlines starting as an aircraft cleaner moving up to heading an engineering department. His passion for aircraft interiors was realized 30 years ago at Continental Airlines when he managed the transition to New Identity and BusinessFirst. He retired from Continental in 2008 but continued his association with the industry through consulting.
Since he left his full-time job at the airline, he has been able to pursue his other passions of traveling and motorcycles. With 60 countries visited and motorcycles scattered around the world, he is experiencing aircraft interiors as a passenger flying more than a quarter of a million miles a year on his adventures. He has a small place he calls home in a surfing village south of Lima, Peru. Several years ago, he discovered a new passion for teaching disadvantaged kids English conversation as a volunteer in Vietnam, so he travels there 4 or 5 times a year for a couple of weeks each.
Managing Director Bishop GmbH
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.
Design Manager Aircraft Cabins British Airways
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.
Senior Director, Head of Product Management Cabin Lufthansa Group
Senior Director, Head of Product Management Cabin // Lufthansa Group
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.
Interiors and Cabin Systems Engineer - Core Engineering Department Embraer
Interiors and Cabin Systems Engineer - Core Engineering Department // Embraer
Marcio Gobato has more than 20 years of aviation experience working with Embraer.
His expertise is Cabin Systems and IFE&C. Throughout his career, from 1999 until 2012, he worked as product development engineer and also led engineering teams on the development, certification and product support of the Cabin Systems and IFE&C installed in Embraer commercial and executive jets. From 2013 until 2020 he was the manager in charge of Interiors, Noise and Vibration at the EMBRAER Core Engineering department. Since the beginning of 2021 he has transitioned to Interiors, Cabin systems and IFE&C senior product development engineering roles at the EMBRAER Core Engineering department.
Marcio holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Control Engineering. He also holds PCP credentials (equivalent to FAA DER) with ANAC – local Brazilian certification authority – since 2005.
Head of Institute - Institute of Aviation FH JOANNEUM Graz (University of Appliad Sciences), Austria
Head of Institute - Institute of Aviation // FH JOANNEUM Graz (University of Appliad Sciences), Austria
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. He went back at Recaro Aircraft Seating as Senior Manager After Sales Projects, Customer Service until autumn 2017 and currently holds his position as Head of Institute of the Institute of Aviation at FH Joanneum Graz, Austria.
Founder Flight Chic
Founder // Flight Chic
Marisa worked in the design, certification and manufacturing of aircraft interiors components and aviation safety equipment for sixteen years. She has been writing about the airline industry in leading trade and consumer publications since 2013, as well as on her own site FlightChic.com.
Editor Aircraft Interiors International Magazine
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.
Professor Emeritus Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)
Professor Emeritus // Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg)
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.
CEO Engineering Office Dierk Hickmann
CEO Engineering // Office Dierk Hickmann
Dr. Dierk Hickmann has more than 25 years of professional experience in the aviation industry, mainly as a consultant for cabin and cargo projects for civil, paramilitary and military aircraft and for aviation supplier audits.
He acquired his Ph.D. at the German Aerospace Center where he led a research project, dealing with air traffic control, satellite navigation and navigation aids. He has previous experience in the field of semiconductor development.
Vice President Marketing ATR
Vice President Marketing // 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.
Vice President Technical Operations Austrian Airlines AG
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.
Runway Girl Network Founder, Editor and Publisher Runway Girl Network
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.
Vice President R&T and Innovation Diehl Aerosystems
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.
CEO APEX / IFSA
CEO // APEX / IFSA
Joe Leader serves as the CEO of APEX / IFSA, a four-decade old leading global non-profit with every major airline and supplier in the world working to accelerating airline passenger experience and improve in-flight service. As passenger experience becomes a growing profit center for airlines, Leader works with senior executives at all of the world’s leading airlines, top industry suppliers, government organizations, and major media groups. A forerunner in aviation and technology, Leader has been a leading executive for more than two decades across technology and aviation companies. Leader holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory University, MBA in technology management, and conducted his business Ph.D. research on accelerating technology adoption in aviation.
Vice President Product Innovation Singapore Airlines
Vice President Product Innovation // Singapore Airlines
Yung Han Ng is Vice President Product Innovation at Singapore Airlines, responsible for the design and development of cabin products and configurations, including seats, inflight entertainment and connectivity systems. Prior to his current role, he has held positions in Engineering, Corporate Services and Sales & Marketing divisions, based in Singapore, UK and Germany, in his 19 years with the airline. Yung Han graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) with minor in Management Information System from National University of Singapore.
Senior Advisor to the CEO ACRO Seating
Senior Advisor to the CEO // ACRO Seating
Nicolas Pinel is a seasoned Aircraft Cabin Solutions Marketing & Sales Executive.
With a 20 years experience, leading with success some of the major Cabin equipment campaigns all over the World, Nicolas developed a thorough understanding of the airlines constraints and requirements.
His privileged position allowed him to offer solutions balancing the airline’ expected return on investment with aircraft OEM requirements and the supplier’s objectives.
Member of the Cabin Crystal Award for several years, Nicolas Pinel, after a brief interruption in 2019, is now back as a Senior Advisor to the new CEO of ACRO Seating solutions .
Nicolas Pinel has a Marketing MBA (IAE) together with an Executive education at HBS.
Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation Etihad Aviation Group
Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation // Etihad Aviation Group
Bernhard Randerath has more than 30 years of aviation experience working with leading aviation companies.
At Lufthansa Technik he was specialized in Trouble Shooting. In Airbus he was Head of Maintenance Systems Engineering. In 2011 he joined Etihad Airways and currently heads the Design, Engineering and Innovation teams. His organization holds several P21 approvals including EASA STC capability but also P21G Production Approval and, as a first Airline organization, several 3D Printing Certification Approvals from EASA.
Bernhard holds a Master’s degree in Aircraft Design and he has been awarded several patents in Aircraft Design and Failure Detection. He was also educated as a licensed aircraft technician. In 2010, Bernhard was nominated as the Airbus expert for “Maintenance, Operation and Reliability”. In 2015 Etihad nominated him to the UAE governmental scientist council, defining key research projects and set innovation principles for the country.
Bernhard is an enthusiastic pilot and leads the European Bonanza Society as a President.
General Manager - Aircraft Experience, Delta Air Lines
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.
Director, Cabin & Features Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Director, Cabin & Features Product Strategy & Future Airplane Development // Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Jeff Roberts is Director for Airplane Cabin & Features Development within the Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development organization of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. His organization is responsible for development and implementation of innovative strategies, architectures, requirements, technologies and solutions that create sustainable value for airlines, passengers, Boeing and communities. This includes solutions to improve operational efficiency, enhance the flying experience, and strengthen the competitiveness of Boeing products and services.
Previously Roberts was senior manager of Navigation Services within the Boeing Commercial Aviation Services organization, with responsibility for leading the development and delivery of integrated solutions related to advanced airplane navigation capabilities including Performance-based Navigation using GPS technology.
As a strategic leader, Roberts has worked to define and implement business and technology solutions and business plans for both existing businesses and start-ups. A 28-year Boeing veteran, his resume also includes six years of strategic business and technology management consulting experience.
Roberts holds a Master’s of Science in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.
V.P. S&M - Super98LLC Aviation Consultant
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.
Vice President Engineering & Technology in Interiors Collins Aerospace
Vice President Engineering & Technology in Interiors // Collins Aerospace
Bridget leads the Engineering and Technology function for Collins Aerospace, Interiors. This is a group of over 2500 engineers at 20 global locations who design and develop Interior products and aftermarket services.
Bridget previously led Engineering for electronics and software at UTC Aerospace Systems. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bridget has over 22 years of experience and is passionate about leveraging talent, exposing career opportunities, propagating best practices and driving a culture of innovation.
Innovation Projects Director SAFRAN
Innovation Projects Director // SAFRAN
Sebastien Sivignon is a seasoned business development and innovation leader aiming at generating new revenue stream with a solid track record in the Interiors business segment. With more than 20 years of professional experience in the aviation industry for SAFRAN, he has held several positions giving him a global vision on the Interiors business. Currently, Sebastien is in charge of the Augmented Cabin Innovation roadmap for Safran.
Earlier in his career, he lead various business positions and innovation projects and won a Crystal Cabin Award 19 together with Airbus introducing a breakthrough bunk bed concept.
Founder and CEO IFECtiv LLC
Founder and CEO // IFECtiv LLC
Corinne Streichert is a celebrated and renowned Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) expert, recognized for redefining and innovating customer experiences in the commercial aviation space. She is a multi-award winning IFEC veteran and global speaker, who has regularly presented at prominent industry events and served on the APEX Education Committee 2013. Corinne also has a strong foundation in the entertainment industry, having spearheaded projects in both video production and the music business.
With two decades of aviation and technology experience, aside from founding and running IFECtiv, Corinne’s career highlights include leading United Airlines to win its first ever Crystal Cabin Award for its state-of-the-art, feature-rich, seatback IFE system in 2019. This ground-breaking system pioneered the world’s most extensive suite of accessibility features on an embedded system, and continues to garner industry recognition and accolades. Corinne also worked for Qantas Airways where her contributions resulted in her being awarded the 2005 Qantas Innovation Award.
Program Manager Aircraft Design & Projects Qantas Airways
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.
Professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering Delft University of Technology
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.
Vice President Cabin Marketing Airbus Operations GmbH
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.