ADB SAFEGATE

PRESSRELEASE. ADB SAFEGATE appoints new CEO to accelerate its transformation agenda for airports. Laurent Dubois was previously the CEO of Zurich-based GE Healthcare Partners. He replaces former Group CEO Christian Onselaere, who remains with the company as Chairman and board member.


The appointment of Laurent Dubois as CEO of ADB SAFEGATE comes at a time of unprecedented challenges for all organizations connected with air travel. The likely impact of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it more important than ever for ADB SAFEGATE to move ahead with its plans to help airports deliver the best, delay-free passenger experiences.

As part of a digital transformation strategy, the company’s solutions apply integration, automation and advanced analytics technologies to take advantage of the vast amounts of data available to airports in smarter ways.

While supporting airports in their transformation path, ADB SAFEGATE will further strengthen its solid position in the field of Airfield, Gate and Tower with excellence in product innovation and adopting the highest quality standards. ADB SAFEGATE is supported by a world-class commercial team guaranteeing a strong focus on customer needs and project execution.

Laurent Dubois, new CEO at ADB SAFEGATE
Laurent Dubois, new CEO at ADB SAFEGATE

Laurent was previously the CEO of Zurich-based GE Healthcare Partners, where he launched and led GE Healthcare Partners globally and was a member of GE Healthcare’s Global Executive Committee. GE Healthcare Partners is GE’s business unit driving the development and commercialization of digital solutions, including performance partnerships and advanced analytics solutions. Previously he held prime positions amongst others as a Partner at McKinsey & Company. Laurent is a Belgian citizen and holds a Master in Economics and a Business Economics Degree of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.

He is ideally placed to drive ADB SAFEGATE’s transformative agenda. He replaces former Group CEO Christian Onselaere, who remains with the company as Chairman and board member and will support Laurent in his mission. Joe Pokoj will remain as CEO for ADB SAFEGATE Americas, reporting to Laurent.

It’s certainly an exciting and challenging time to join the air travel industry,” says Laurent Dubois. “I want to ensure that ADB SAFEGATE is a big part of the solution when it comes to recovering from the impact of the current pandemic. By enabling improved efficiency and more accurate predictability, we can help our customers create smoother airport operations that will deliver a better passenger experience and encourage people to travel again, once it is safe to do so.

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ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety and environmental sustainability, and reduce operational costs for airports and airlines worldwide. Its solutions tackle every aspect from approach to departure – airport traffic handling, airfield lighting, tower-based traffic control systems, gate and docking automation, services and advanced analytics – to increase airport performance. ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1,000 employees in more than 20 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports.

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