gategroup names new President SEA and member of the Executive Management Board

ZURICH Glattbrugg, November 21, 2018

gategroup has announced that Michel Emeyriat, Chairman and Chief Executive of Servair, and President of gategroup’s Southern Europe and Africa (SEA) region, member of the Executive Management Board of gategroup, will step down from his executive responsibilities at the end of the year. He will be succeeded on 1 January 2019 by Alexis Frantz who is currently Corporate Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of Servair.

Michel Emeyriat will continue to serve as non-executive Chairman of Servair, to further progress the successful integration of the company into gategroup and continue developing the close relationship between gategroup and Air France – shareholder of Servair and strategic partner.

Alexis Frantz will become Chief Executive of Servair, President of SEA and a member of the Executive Management Board of gategroup. He joined Servair from Air France in 2013 as Director of Strategy, where he also held various positions in customer service before being appointed Head of Organization and Communication for Ground Operations.  He holds an MSc from the École Polytechnique and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Says Xavier Rossinyol, Chief Executive Officer of gategroup: “I would like to personally thank Michel for his remarkable contributions to Servair, SEA and gategroup. Michel has successfully managed to turn around Servair, leading a strong management team and always remaining customer-focused. His guidance and commitment have been instrumental for Servair to become a true member of the gategroup family. I look forward to his continued advice and support for many years to come.”

“I would also like to thank Alexis for his contributions towards Servair, its customers and especially Air France, as well as his support on Servair’s integration into gategroup. We are pleased to appoint Alexis to his new role and welcome him as a new gategroup EMB member. I look forward to working with him as he continues to lead a great management team and employees to bring Servair, SEA and gategroup to the next level of excellence.”

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gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. We provide passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging our innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, we deliver operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving more than 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in 60 countries/territories across all continents. In 2017, gategroup reached CHF 4.6 billion in revenues generated by approximately 43,000 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit


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