Today’s dialogue is with Shahar Markovitch, Chief Digital and Information Officer of El Al Israel Airlines. We talked about digital disruption of the airline industry in the wake up cover, how El Al Airlines is pioneering in this approach as the “Smart Airline,” how COVID will impact the travel industry in the long and short term, as well as solutions to the pandemic in the context of travel. BiographyShahar Markovitch is the Chief Digital and Information Officer of EL AL Israel Airlines as of March 2018.Shahar joins El-Al from Bank Hapoalim, Israel largest bank, where he served as Chief Digital Officer. In this role he was recognized as one of Israel’s top 100 most influential people in Digital and won “best product launch” awards for a number of innovative digital products. Previously he was a partner in McKinsey & Company focusing on Digital, Technology, and innovation, where he worked with dozens of the world’s leading organizations on Digital and IT transformation.

Before McKinsey Shahar held technology and leadership positions in a number of Israeli hi-tech companies, telecos, and start-ups.Shahar holds a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Computer Science and Math from the Hebrew university in Jerusalem and a Master in Business Administration from MIT in Cambridge, USA.