SITA makes two key appointments to APAC headquarters

SITA has appointed Sumesh Patel to succeed Ilya Gutlin as president, Asia-Pacific. Reporting directly to the CEO, Patel will develop and drive the association’s strategic direction in the region.

Based in Singapore, Patel was most recently vice-president of business management. He has been with SITA for over 24 years, starting as an engineer before moving into leadership positions in sales and business development and later drove communications and airport portfolio strategy in Asia.

Sumesh Patel
Ilya Gutlin


Gutlin, who remains based at SITA’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore, will now assume the position of president for SITA’s new global air travel solutions division. He will lead a global team in the development and delivery of products and services to SITA’s 2,800 airline, airport and government customers.

Prior to his more recent role at SITA as president Asia-Pacific, Gutlin was also the vice-president of airport solutions and was the architect of SITA’s Intelligent Airport vision.

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