Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and incoming Virgin Atlantic CEO
Shai Weiss is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic and an Executive Director of the Virgin Atlantic board. He is 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. In addition, Shai also looks after the airline’s international operations. Together with CEO Craig Kreeger, and the wider leadership team, Shai is focused on achieving profitable growth by translating the airline’s unique assets into innovations that attract and delight its customers.
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. Through his role at Virgin Group Shai was a member of the Virgin Atlantic board from summer 2012.
Shai has extensive financial and operational expertise. Prior to joining Virgin Group, he heldseveral senior management positions at ntl:Telewest (now Virgin Media), the UK and Europe’slargest 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 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.
Shai will assume the role of Virgin Atlantic CEO from 1 January 2019.
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