Philippe KaramDirector, Global Fleet & Aviation Sourcing at Amazon Air

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Philippe has been in the aviation industry for 18 years. He started at Airbus in 2004 in transport and logistics procurement and moved to aircraft sales contract in 2008. His last position at Airbus was Sales Contracts Director, negotiating aircraft sales transactions with lessors and airlines. In 2011, Philippe joined Comlux, a business aviation company, in Zurich, Switzerland, as VP Procurement & Travel, to set up a procurement department for their airline and a brand new global business travel organization. In 2013, he relocated to Hong Kong, as VP APAC to launch Comlux in Asia from scratch. In 2015, Philippe moved to Indianapolis, IN, and was promoted to Chief Procurement Officer, member of the executive committee. Philippe joined Amazon in 2017 where he built and scaled the Global Fleet & Aviation Sourcing team for Amazon Air from the ground up. The role of that team is to set the short, medium, and long-term fleet design and sourcing strategies for the global Amazon Air business. The team manages cross functional strategic sourcing programs across the entire organization: from aircraft to carriers, from airframe to powerplant maintenance, from ground handling services to fuel and sustainability, from ground support equipment to specific Material Handling Equipment (MHE) such as caster decking or Unit Load Devices (ULD).

Philippe graduated with a Master in Strategy and Management of International Business from ESSEC Business School in Paris, a Master in Corporate Law, from the Toulouse Capitole University, as well as a Bachelor in Econometrics from the Toulouse School of Economics.

In his personal time, Philippe enjoys being outside for a hike or a run, traveling with his wife and their two daughters, and sharing a good diner with good wines with his friends.

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