Shai Weiss

Shai Weiss is Chief Executive Officer at Virgin Atlantic and an Executive Director of the Virgin Atlantic board.

Shai and the team are keenly focused on Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays together becoming the most loved travel company.

Shai joined Virgin Atlantic as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in July 2014 from Virgin Management Ltd, where he had been an Investment Partner since 2012 and was a Founding Partner of Virgin Green Fund.  In January 2017 Shai assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer responsible for shaping the airline’s strategic position in the market, driving opportunities for new revenue, and leading the loyalty, alliances and marketing programs that distinguish the airline.  Through his role at Virgin Group Shai has been a member of the Virgin Atlantic board from summer 2012.

Shai has extensive financial and operational expertise. Prior to joining Virgin Group, he held several senior management positions at ntl:Telewest (now Virgin Media), the UK and Europe’s largest cable operator. Shai was part of the turn-around of ntl with roles including Managing Director of Consumer Products, Director of Operations, and Director of Financial Planning for the Consumer division. Shai was also behind the merger between Virgin Mobile UK and ntl:Telewest and the re-brand to Virgin Media.

Prior to ntl, Shai established the European office of early-stage technology venture fund JVP and was a senior associate with Morgan Stanley.

Shai also serves as a non-executive director of Checkpoint Software Technologies (NASDQ: CHKP), a leading provider of cyber security solutions to governments and corporate enterprises globally.

Shai holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a BBA from City University of New York, Baruch College. He resides in London with his family, attends Arsenal games whenever he can, reads The New Yorker magazine from cover to cover and attempts to play basketball.

Suzanne Roddie

Suzanne is the interim Chief People Officer at Virgin Atlantic. Suzanne leads a team of over 100 people focused on development and growth, engagement, leadership, talent and succession and a progressive inclusion agenda

Since joining in 2018, Suzanne has re-energized our focus on transforming the experience of working at Virgin Atlantic and aligning our efforts in pursuit of achieving the vision of being the ‘most loved travel company’. Notable achievements include introduction of an innovative, research backed Happiness survey; using behavioural and predictive science to develop a new set of behaviours; and a fresh and data driven approach to talent and succession. She has also led a major project to shift to a digital first, micro learning people growth agenda. 

Suzanne has over 15 years of People leadership experience across many sectors including rail, private healthcare, government, and professional services. She joined Virgin Atlantic from HCA Healthcare where she was Chief Human Resource Officer for the 3 central London hospitals. 

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics and International Relations from University of Southampton and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She is passionate about personal growth and is currently studying for an MBA. She lives in West Sussex with her husband. 

 

Suzanne Roddie

Siobhan joined Virgin Atlantic as VP, Digital & Distribution in 2018 after 15 years in senior roles in the retail industry at brands including Argos and Homebase. Earlier, she gained deep digital experience through roles in media and publishing. Siobhan’s background includes digital commerce and transformation, customer experience and marketing.  She is passionate about creating seamless experiences for customers, delivered through amazing people and great technology.

Siobhan lives with her partner, son, three cats, one dog and one horse. When she’s not on the horse riding, she’s normally avidly reading.

Cornell Koster

 

Corneel Koster is Chief Customer & Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic, responsible for the delivery of the unique customer experience of Virgin Atlantic, as well as its safe and reliable operations. Corneel leads all customer facing teams, including Airports, Cabin Crew, Customer Centres, Clubhouses and Inflight Services to the operational teams, including Engineering & Maintenance, Flight Operations, Operations Control, Crew Logistics and the Safety & Security function. Corneel expanded his responsibilities from his previous role as Chief Customer Officer at Virgin Atlantic. Corneel brings to the team over 23 years’ experience in aviation, including leadership roles with some of our closest partners.

Before he returned to Virgin Atlantic in 2019, he was Delta Air Lines’ Senior Vice President - Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, overseeing sales and partnerships in the EMEAI region while coordinating the operational aspects and the service delivery to Delta’s customers, working closely with Delta’s joint venture partners Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Virgin Atlantic.

Before joining Delta, as Chief Operating Officer for Grupo Aeromexico Corneel was responsible for the operational excellence and service delivery of the Mexican airline and its regional feeder airline, as well as the company’s cargo and ground-handling subsidiaries. Corneel has also held several commercial leadership roles in the passenger, ground handling and cargo businesses of Air France-KLM, and before that KLM.

Corneel serves as a Board Member for Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and as a Board member of BritishAmerican Business.

Originally from the Netherlands, Corneel holds an MSc (drs.) in Business Administration from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Corneel has UK settled status and lives on the south coast of the UK with his wife and three sons.

 

Oliver Buyers

Oliver Byers was appointed Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Financial Officer in September 2020. He is responsible for financial planning & operations, legal and fleet planning and is focused on achieving profitable growth combined with a healthy return on capital deployed. Oliver brings to the team over 10 years of commercial aviation experience from both Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Group

Since joining Virgin Atlantic Oliver has held several leadership roles including Senior Vice President Revenue Management; Senior Vice President Global Sales & Loyalty; Senior Vice President Data & Customer Loyalty; and Chief of Staff. Oliver currently serves as a Board member of Virgin Group Loyalty Company and as an alternate Board Member for Virgin Atlantic Limited

Oliver joined Virgin Atlantic in early 2013 from the Virgin Group, in the role of Chief of Staff to the CEO. In this role, he supported the overall implementation and delivery of the Group’s strategic agenda and advised Virgin-branded businesses, including the successful growth then IPO of Virgin America, formation of Virgin Atlantic’s industry-leading Joint Venture with Delta Air Lines and the strategic development of Virgin Galactic. Oliver began his career as an investment banker at UBS, working in UK mergers and acquisitions and raising equity from capital markets. 

Oliver holds an MEng (hons) in Aeronautical Engineering from Durham University. He now lives in London having previously lived in San Francisco and Geneva and loves cycling and ski touring during the winter.

Juha Jarvinen

Juha Jarvinen is Chief Commerical Officer at Virgin Atlantic.  He leads the Commercial function and its contribution to becoming the most loved travel company.

Juha joined Virgin Atlantic as Chief Commerical Officer on 21 January 2019 from Finnair Plc, where he had been Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Board Member since 2014 and also Managing Director of Finnair Cargo from 2012 to 2016. During this period Juha led the airline’s commercial function into oneworld JV’s on North Atlantic and Japan traffic, making Finnair the largest European carrier in Japan as well as drove major growth in Greater China and other Asian regions

Prior to Finnair Juha held a number of senior commercial and operations positions at SAS Scandinavian Airlines in Sweden, Estonia and Finland, after joining the airline's UK call centre operations team in 1998.

Juha is currently President of the Airline Passenger Experience Association [APEX], a US based non-profit association representing the global airline, technology and entertainment industry to look at ways to continue to improve customer experience – something that links in very well with our Velocity strategy.

Juha holds an MBA from Danube University in Austria and a BA Honours from London Metropolitan University Business School. He resides in London with his spouse. He loves travelling and exploring the world and enjoys going to the gym, running or a bikram hot yoga class.

Ash Jokhoo

Ash Jokhoo was appointed Chief Information Officer at Virgin Atlantic in February 2019 and is responsible for the technology strategy that will make us the most loved travel company.

Ash is driven by beautifully resolved, customer driven tech and has spent the last decade transforming and helping customer centric organisations.

Most recently in Centrica - British Gas, Ash has held a number of technology transformation roles, helping the company modernise over the last 6 years. Prior to this Ash drove digital service transformations in roles across the FTSE at TalkTalk, Tiscali and British Telecom.

Ash is passionate about building capabilities and teams that drive technology so customers have well-designed amazing experiences - making him a perfect fit with the Virgin ethos.

Ash holds a BSc Hons in Engineering Product Design from Southbank University London.
He lives in Surrey with his family; surrounded by art, design, cats and a dog. Ash has a healthy passion for most types of motor sports, film and music. He thinks he is a fairly good DJ. His family is less convinced.