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As General Counsel of the Group he supervises the legal function and the Risk and Compliance Office, in addition to heading the Industry Affairs unit with worldwide responsibilities for Government relations, CSR and sustainability programmes.
Tomás joined Amadeus in 1988 as Senior Corporate Counsel and was made Associate General Counsel in 1996. He assisted in the creation of the two main subsidiaries in the Amadeus Group: Amadeus Development (France) and Amadeus Data Processing (Germany) and in the drafting of the European Code of Conduct for CRSs.
On 1 January 1999, Tomás López Fernebrand was appointed VP and General Counsel. In December 2000, the Board of Directors appointed him Corporate Secretary as well, becoming therefore the Chief Legal Officer of the Amadeus Group. In January 2012, Amadeus promoted Tomás to Senior Vice President, taking on additional duties in the Management team, as outlined above, and later in the year as Corporate Secretary he assumed the leadership of the Group’s Internal Audit.
In 1999 and 2005, he guided the Group through the legal and regulatory steps required for the company’s IPO (1999), and leveraged buy-out (2005) with the private equity firms BC Partners and Cinven, and Air France, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, and Iberia. In April 2010, he successfully led the Group through the proceedings for an IPO in the Madrid Stock Exchange.
He served as the first Chairman of the newly created European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA), a Belgian non-profit association based in Brussels with membership composed of Global Distribution Systems, on-line Travel Agencies, and other industry stakeholders. Tomas holds a Law degree from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain and an MBA from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is a native of Gothenburg, Sweden and a Spanish national.