Our Leaders

Board of Directors

gategroup’s Board of Directors is composed of six members – five non-executive directors, and one executive director. The Board members, elected for a term of one year at the Extraordinary General Meeting on July 29, 2016, are:

Adam Tan, Chairman of the Board and member of the Compensation Committee

Adam Tan is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of HNA Group. He is responsible for the Group's finance system, international affairs, and HNA Capital and HNA Logistics management work.

Adam Tan joined HNA Group in 1991 as one of its founders. He became Managing Director of Hainan Airlines in 2001. From 2001 to 2013, he was appointed Director of the HNA Board of Directors, Executive Chairman of HNA Holdings from 2007 to 2011, and Chairman of HNA Capital from 2011 to 2015. He was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of HNA, President of HNA Group, Vice Chairman and CEO of HNA Group (International) Company from 2013 to 2015.

Adam Tan holds a M.A. Degree in Economics from the Capital University of Business and Economics, Beijing and an MBA from the College of Insurance, St. John’s University, and studied at Harvard Business School, USA from 2001 to 2002. He is also a visiting professor of the Capital University of Economics, Beijing.


Di Xin, member of the Compensation Committee

Di Xin is currently Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of HNA Aviation Group, Non-Executive member of the Board of Directors of HNA Group and Chairman of Hainan Airlines. He joined Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd in 1992 and served as General Manager of the Operational Control Department from 2003 to 2005 and as General Manager of the Flight Department from 2005 to 2007 at Hainan Airlines Company Co., Ltd. From 2007 to 2010 he was Assistant to CEO of HNA Group and was appointed CEO of HNA Easy holding Company CO., Ltd. in 2010. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Chairman and CEO of Tianjin Airlines Company Co., Ltd.

Di Xin holds a Master in Aircraft Dynamic from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), China.


Frank Nang

Frank Nang is Chief Innovation Officer of HNA Aviation Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors of HNA Catering Service Company. He joined the HNA Group in 2006 as Technic Engineer of Hainan Airline and was appointed Project Manager of HNA Import and Export Company from 2010 to 2011. From 2011 to 2012, he was Financing Manager of the HNA 4 financial department and served from 2012 to 2014 as Assistant Manager of the HNA financial department and as Deputy Director of HNA's cash-flow management unit. From 2014 to 2015 he was elected Vice President of HNA Import and Export Company and served as Deputy Manager of HNA's financial department and as Director of HNA's cash-flow management unit. In 2015, he served as President of HNA Import and Export Company, as Executive Director of HNA Aircraft Purchasing Centre, as General Manager of the HNA purchasing department, and as Deputy Manager of HNA's financial department, prior to being nominated as Chief Innovation Officer of HNA Aviation Group.

Frank Nang holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Automation from the China Civil Aviation Academy.


Stewart Smith

Mr Smith is Chairman of Bravia Capital, a Hong Kong based private equity, structured finance and advisory firm which he joined at inception in 2002. Bravia specialises in transportation and logistics businesses and asset management. For many years Bravia has had a close working relationship with HNA Group and since 2009 Bravia has been a co-investor with and adviser to HNA in a number of overseas acquisitions and ventures.

Before joining Bravia Mr Smith followed a career in banking in the UK latterly with the leading Norwegian bank, DNB Bank primarily in senior general management positions and also specialising in asset based/structured financing and equipment leasing (1984-2001).

Mr Smith is a non-executive Director of a number of other HNA Group companies in transportation and logistics including Sinoceanic Shipping Holdings Limited in Bermuda/Norway (Chairman), Offshore Heavy Transport AS in Norway (Vice Chairman), Tip Trailer Services in The Netherlands, Swissport International Ltd in Switzerland and Azul SA in Brazil.

During his career, Mr Smith has held many other directorships in banking, transportation businesses and leasing companies. Mr Smith holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from Manchester University in the UK and completed the Corporate Finance Program at London Business School. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).


Xavier Rossinyol

Xavier Rossinyol was appointed Chief Executive Officer of gategroup effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Rossinyol has more than 20 years of experience in the airline service industry, including airport contract catering, duty-free and duty-paid shops, licensing activities, and food and beverage management experience. He also has a strong track record when it comes to performing in equity markets. Prior to joining gategroup, Mr. Rossinyol was at Dufry, a leading global travel retailer operating in 60 countries, where he served as Chief Operating Officer EMEA and Asia from 2012 to 2015, and as Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to mid-2012. During his time at Dufry, Mr. Rossinyol was accountable for the company’s profitability, including material turn-arounds and business restructuring. He led more than 10 post-merger integrations across several continents as well as M&A activities across Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Asia. He also opened close to 15 new markets in Europe, Africa and Asia. From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Rossinyol worked for the Spanish based Grupo Áreas (part of the French publicly traded Group Elior, a world-leading company in both contract and concession catering). There he oversaw new business opportunities in Spain and internationally as well as strategic planning, reporting, and controlling.

Mr. Rossinyol has a BBA and an MBA in International Management and Finance from ESADE (Barcelona, Canada and Hong Kong) and a Master in Business Law from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.


Frederick W. Reid, member of the Compensation Committee

Frederick W. Reid was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2015. Mr. Reid is President of zee.aero, a Californian company developing and building new generation personal aircraft. Previously, Mr. Reid served as the President of Flexjet, Inc., from 2008 to 2012, and was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America, Inc., from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Reid was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Delta Air Lines from 2001 to 2004 and, prior to that, was Delta’s Chief Marketing Officer from 1998 to 2001 and served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Delta Connection Inc. Before joining Delta, Mr. Reid served in executive roles at Lufthansa German Airlines, including as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1996 to 1998, as Executive Vice President from 1994 to March 1996 and as Senior Vice President of the Americas from 1991 to 1994. Mr. Reid started his career in the aviation industry at Pan American World Airways, where he served in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility that took him around the globe.

Mr. Reid is a member of the Board of Advisors for Thayer Ventures. He is a non-executive Director of The Commonwealth Club and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonoma Land Trust. He also has been a member of the Advisory Board for the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease & The Aging Brain since 2000.

Mr. Reid holds a BA degree in South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.