Air France-KLM adjusts its organization


  • Creation of a Strategy and Innovation division.
  • Appointment of a Corporate Secretary for the Group.

Air France-KLM management is making the following adjustments to the Group's organization in order to support the Group's strategic ambition within the framework of Trust Together.

An Air France-KLM Strategy and Innovation Division is being created. This division, attached to the Air France-KLM Chairman’s office, is in charge of defining and implementing the strategy, analyzing the changing needs of customers, market trends, the emergence of new technologies and long-term innovation. The head of this new division is Sonia Barrière, EVP Strategy and Innovation at Air France-KLM. Her appointment takes effect as of today. Sonia Barrière reports to Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, and will serve on the Group's Executive Committee.

The Digital and Flying Blue loyalty divisions will be attached to the Air France-KLM Commercial Strategy Division, which is renamed Air France - KLM's Commercial & Revenue Division. Pieter Boostma remains in charge of this division, and becomes EVP Commercial & Revenue Air France-KLM. He reports to Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM. As part of his duties, he continues to serve on the Group’s Executive Committee.

The Air France-KLM Communications Division reports to the Air France-KLM Chairman’s office.  The Communications Division remains under the responsibility of Dominique Wood, who is also EVP Brand and Communication at Air France.

Finally, Anne-Sophie Le Lay, currently General Counsel for the Renault group, will be joining the Group as of 20 February 2018. She is appointed Corporate Secretary of the Air France-KLM Group and of Air France. In this context, she will report to Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, and will serve on the Group's Executive Committee.

This reorganization aims to strengthen the deployment of Air France-KLM's strategic ambition while improving coordination with the Group's airlines. It will have no impact on staffing levels.

Sonia Barrière

Sonia Barrière, a graduate of the top French Business school Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), is a specialist in Travel and Transportation, having held several international positions in strategy, sales & marketing, operations and technology in this sector.
Previously at Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), Sonia Barrière held the position of Vice President Traveler Services EMEA (operations) where she led global strategic, transformational and digitalization initiatives. Then, as Vice President Global Sales Effectiveness, she implemented a new global function aimed at improving performance and commercial efficiency. Finally, she led strategic initiatives for the group as Vice President Strategic Program.
Before joining CWT, Sonia Barrière spent 7 years with Avis Europe plc then Avis Budget Group. She was Director of Strategy for France and then Director of Strategy and Key Group Initiatives for Avis Europe plc based in the UK. She notably led strategy planning and the transformation programme and launched the car sharing venture. She was then in charge of the Marketing, Leisure Sales and Customer Relations activities for Western Europe.
Prior to these roles, Sonia Barrière held positions in France at a consulting boutique specialized in Supply Chain Management and in the US in the development of software at Sabre then at its spinoff logistics.com, then as an industrial engineer with Saint-Gobain.

Anne-Sophie Le Lay

Anne-Sophie Le Lay holds a law degree from the Paris Bar and a Master's degree in Business Law and Real Estate Law.
She began her professional career in 1996 as a lawyer specializing in Business Law and Real Estate Law in Paris. She then moved to Toronto (Canada) where she worked as a consultant in a law firm.
In 2001, she joined the Legal Department of the Renault Group, initially responsible for the legal assembly of the sale of land at the former Billancourt plant. In 2007, she took charge of the environmental law, energy and real estate division. A year later, she was in charge of the Euromed region.
In this capacity, she was part of the negotiating team with the Kingdom of Morocco for the implementation of the Tangiers plant. At the same time, she led transversal topics related to the Group's international development.
Since 2011 she has been Legal Director of the Renault Group within the framework of the development of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Anne-Sophie Le Lay is also Vice-President of the Montesquieu Circle, Association of Legal Directors and within this framework is Pedagogical Director of the Executive Master General Counsel, in partnership with Science Po Paris.