John Jarrell

Head of Amadeus Airport IT

John Jarrell is the Head of Airport IT at Amadeus, the leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, where he is responsible for growing Amadeus’ airport proposition. John holds end-to-end responsibility across the business unit.

John has held a number of high profile roles across the airport and aviation technology sectors over many years, including Sales Director for Airport Systems at EDS, Senior Vice President responsible for Airport Services at SITA where he spent ten years, and Vice President and General Manager of Air Traffic Systems at Sensis Corporation. Most recently, John was Vice President and General Manager of EMS Aviation, responsible for their industry leading satcom avionics and in-cabin communications solutions. In those roles, John’s remit has been a global one, having directly led teams generating as much as $470M annually, with as many as 1800 staff in up to 140 countries.

A former military pilot, John once ran a major US army airfield and was a NASA astronaut finalist. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters degree in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.