Benedetto Mencaroni Poiani is the Vice President of the Americas for Alitalia and is based in New York City. He has over 16 years of experience in the tourism industry specifically in the airline sector. Originally from Umbria, he joined Alitalia in 2001. His career has included leadership positions in several countries within the Company. In 2011, he assumed the role of Country Manager for Israel, before assuming the role of Area Manager for North Africa and the role of Regional Manager East Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2013.
Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana (alitalia.com) is Italy’s largest airline and commenced operations on January 1, 2015 after acquiring the operational activities of Alitalia – Compagnia Aerea Italiana, now named CAI. CAI has a 51% controlling stake in Alitalia and the remaining 49% of shares are owned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (Airline of the Year 2016 by the prestigious US-based aviation industry publication Air Transport World). Alitalia flies to 97 destinations worldwide and boasts one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the world. It is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and is part of the Transatlantic Joint Venture alongside Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines. Alitalia also collaborates with the other Etihad Airways Partners – airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways, Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline, Jet Airways and NIKI.