Past Events

We are pleased to announce our

November 9th Luncheon Featuring

William (Willie) M. Walsh

CEO, International Airlines Group

Aer Lingus, British Airway, Iberia, Vueling

Pictured: Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of British Airways

Pictured: Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of British Airways

The IAC’s November luncheon will be on Wednesday, November 9th, day after election day in the US, in the City Club

William Matthew “Willie” Walsh is an Irish airline executive. He is CEO of International Airlines Group, and has been CEO of Aer Lingus and British Airways.

We are pleased to announce our October 6 luncheon featuring:

John Chrichton
Chairman, Aireon



IAC’s October 6 Luncheon features John Chrichton, Chairman of the Board for Aireon.

Mr. Crichton is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of NAV CANADA. As President and CEO, Mr. Crichton led NAV CANADA to an acknowledged position of global leadership in safety, technology and efficiency. He also served as Chairman of the Board of NAV CANADA from August 1995 to October 1997, and was instrumental in bringing about the unique consensus among customers, unions and the federal government that created the world’s first privatized air navigation service.

In addition to his role as Chair of NAV CANADA, he also served as President and CEO of the Air Transport Association (ATAC) of Canada from April 1994-November 1997. Prior to joining ATAC, Mr. Crichton spent 24 years in aviation, the majority of which was as Executive VP of First Air, after becoming a commercial pilot in 1969.

Mr. Crichton has been recognized for his leadership and his significant lifelong achievements in the field of aviation. In 2006, he was selected as the Transportation Person of the Year by the Transportation Association of Canada. In 2008, he received the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). In 2009, Mr. Crichton was presented with the C. D. Howe Award by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute and in 2011, he was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mr. Crichton was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor.


Nicholas Calio
President & CEO, Airlines for America


Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading airlines, whose members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs.

Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee. He was responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. federal and state government relations, and international government relations.

Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Calio served President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from January 2001 to January 2003. As the president’s principal liaison to Congress, Mr. Calio worked closely with the leadership and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and had the primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House strategy on all legislative issues. He held the same position during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

The New York Times once described him as a “forceful broker…not only between the White House and Congress, but also among Cabinet officials…”; later “credit[ed] him with a major role in the biggest White House legislative victories on Capitol Hill, among them the resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq, the creation of the Homeland Security Department, an education bill and a major tax cut.”

Congressional Quarterly reported that “lawmakers of both parties also say Calio’s forceful approach…helped Bush put together a string of triumphs on Capitol Hill,” while Roll Call stated that “…he has a reputation as a prodigious lobbyist and one of Capitol Hill’s best vote counters.”

Prior to joining the Bush administration, Mr. Calio was a partner at O’Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm he co-founded in 1993. A 1998 Fortune Magazine survey of Members of Congress, congressional staff, administration staff and Washington lobbyists rated the firm as one of “the ten most powerful” in Washington. Mr. Calio started the firm after leaving the first Bush administration.

Mr. Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University; and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University; the Board of Directors of RTCA, Inc.; the Wolf Trap Foundation; the U.S. Capitol Historical Society: the First Tee of Washington, D.C.; and the Centerra Group Advisory Board.



Robin Hayes
President & CEO, JetBlue Airways

Robin Hayes became JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors in February 2015. Prior to this position, Mr. Hayes was JetBlue’s President, responsible for the airline’s commercial and operations areas including Airport Operations, Customer Support (Reservations), Flight Operations, Inflight, System Operations, Technical Operations, as well as Communications, Marketing, Network Planning and Sales.

He served as JetBlue’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer from August 2008 until December 2013. Prior to joining JetBlue, he was British Airways’ Executive Vice President for The Americas. Over the span of a 19-year career with British Airways, he also served as Area General Manager for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Robin is a graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. He received a BSc and Masters in Engineering from the university.



Allan McArtor
Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc.

Allan McArtor is Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. He oversees the operations, activities and strategy of all Airbus Group companies in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Additionally, McArtor continues to serve as Chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc., and its subsidiaries. In this leadership role in the Americas, McArtor has enhanced relationships with Airbus’ customers, suppliers and government representatives. He was instrumental in establishing the A320 Aircraft Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama.

Throughout his career, McArtor has held a series of leadership and senior management positions in the military, civil and government sectors.

Before joining Airbus, he was founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based at Dallas Love Field, Texas.

President Ronald Reagan appointed McArtor to serve as the Administrator of the FAA from 1987 to 1989.

McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express from 1979 to 1987 and 1989 to 1994 first as Senior Vice President Telecommunications during the development of FedEx’s extensive satellite-based digital network, then as Senior Vice President Air Operations for FedEx’s global airline.

McArtor was a combat fighter pilot in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy, and a pilot with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team.


Award Recipient:
Paul Mifsud


The International Aviation Club of Washington, DC and Aviation Week & Space Technology jointly announced that renowned international aviation attorney and strategist Paul V. Mifsud is this year’s recipient of the prestigious L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mifsud is now principal at Mifsud CrossMedia Communications, and continues to run MIFNET, which is a daily, email-based international aviation forum widely used by aviation professionals and academia around the world to discuss and debate international aviation policy and law. Mifsud’s distinguished career as an aviation attorney, air political strategist, and government affairs expert included posts as General Counsel USA for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from 1976 to 1994 and KLM VP, Government & Legal Affairs USA from 1994 to 2010. He was involved in obtaining approval for KLM’s groundbreaking alliance with Northwest Airlines, which ultimately led to the branded global airline alliance structure that dominates international aviation today, and he was a key leader in the development of the European Union-United States Open Skies agreement that liberalized the transatlantic market. For that work, the Queen of the Netherlands bestowed on him the Order Oranj-Nassau (Officer).

“As a principal architect of the first Open Skies agreement and immunized airline alliance, and founder of the MIFNET online forum, Paul has left an indelible mark on international aviation,” said IAC President Kenneth Quinn. “He’s literally brought the world closer together and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of our prestigious lifetime achievement award.”

“Paul has been instrumental in getting Open Skies literally off the ground, made it possible for airline alliances to exist, and then single-handedly created the MIFNET forum that continues to exist to this day. International Aviation owes Paul Mifsud a debt of gratitude on many fronts,”

– Aviation Week President, Greg Hamilton. Aviation Week created the L. Welch Pogue Award in 1994.

Cpt Tim Canoll ALPA


Tim Canoll
President, ALPA

Captain Tim Canoll (Delta) is the tenth president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents more than 51,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada, and is the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world. He was elected by the union’s Board of Directors on Oct. 22, 2014, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.
Captain Canoll is a Delta MD-88 captain based in Atlanta, having also flown the B-727, L1011, and the B-767/757. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1982, and a former Navy Reserve F/A-18 Strike Fighter Squadron commanding officer. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a captain in 2008.



Ambassador Dr. José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez
Chief of Mission, Cuban Interests Section, Washington, D.C.


Marion Blakey
President & Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association


Marion C. Blakey is president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association. AIA is the most authoritative and influential voice of the aerospace and defense industry, representing approximately 340 of the industry’s leading manufacturers. In her position Blakey has led the industry’s fight against arbitrary and severe budget cuts to national security, civil space programs and Federal Aviation Administration operations mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. She has also played a leading role in promoting the export of civil and defense aerospace products, and supported the priorities of America’s thousands of suppliers to aerospace and defense programs.

Ms. Blakey became the eighth full-time chief executive of the association in 2007. Prior to joining AIA, Blakey served a five-year term as administrator of the FAA. At FAA, Blakey regulated the nation’s airways as well as operated the world’s largest air traffic control system, managing 44,000 employees and a $14 billion budget. During her tenure, the traveling public experienced one of the safest periods for air travel in the United States’ history. And under her leadership, she launched NextGen – the shift to a 21st century satellite-based system that will modernize air transportation, reduce fuel consumption and decrease passenger and cargo delays.

From 2001 to 2002 Blakey served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. At NTSB she led a number of accident investigations, improved the Board’s accident reporting process and strengthened its advocacy and outreach programs to promote safer travel throughout all modes of transportation.

Including her service at the FAA and NTSB, Blakey has held six presidential appointments, four of which required Senate confirmation. From 1992 to 1993, Blakey served as administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As the nation’s leading highway safety official, she was charged with reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. She has also held senior positions at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Transportation and the White House. From 1993 to 2001, Blakey was the principal of Blakey & Associates, now Blakey & Agnew, a Washington, D.C. public affairs consulting firm with a particular focus on transportation issues and traffic safety.

Ms. Blakey is the Vice Chairman of the President’s Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration, and the Chairman of the National Center for the Advancement of Technology and National Institute for Aerospace Studies and Services. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization, and is a member of Alaska Airlines Board of Directors and Chairman of their Safety Committee, the NASA Advisory Council and Chairman of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations.

Born in Gadsden, Ala., Blakey received her bachelor’s degree with honors in international studies from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She also attended Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies for graduate work in Middle East Affairs. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Aeronautic Association’s 2011 Henderson Trophy for making “a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States,” Aviation Week & Space Technology’s 2013 Laureate award for AIA’s contributions to workforce development through STEM education activities, and the National Aeronautic Association’s 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, recognizing her “significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.”


Bjorn Kjos
Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Air Shuttle


Bjørn Kjos (68), is the CEO (2002- ) and a major shareholder of the successful airline, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe’s third largest low cost carrier. Aviation has been a central part of Bjørn’s life and flying a great interest ever since he was a child, as his father owned a small airplane. After two years of pilot training in Mississippi and Arizona in the United States he became a fighter pilot in the 334 squadron of the Norwegian Royal Air Force, guarding the Norwegian airspace against Soviet intruders between 1969 and 1975.
After leaving the air force, Bjørn studied law, and is a Graduate from the University of Oslo. He has over 20 years of legal practise and in 1993, he was granted the right of audience in the Supreme Court. At the same time he became one of the founding partners and the Chairman of Norwegian Air Shuttle who took over the remains of bankrupt Busy Bee. Norwegian started flights on the west coast of Norway with Fokker 50s in cooperation with Braathens. In 2002, SAS bought Braathens and terminated Norwegian’s west coast operation. In order to save Norwegian and its employees, Norwegian turned into a complete Boeing 737 operation and went into head-to-head competition with SAS on domestic routes in Norway. Bjørn has been the company’s CEO since October 2002.
Bjørn is a sought-after speaker on entrepreneurship and executive leadership. In 2009, he won, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Norway.

Bjørn is a true outdoor person and loves sailing, skiing and hunting. He has a real taste for excitement, which makes him fly a kite with slalom skies on his feet. He is a keen writer, and in 2006 he debuted with the spy thriller, The Murmansk Affair (Murmanskaffæren). He is currently writing a book about the history of Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Bjørn is married to Gerd Helene Kjos (former air stewardess) and they have two daughters and one son. One of the daughters is a pilot at Norwegian.


Nick Calio
President and CEO, Airlines for America


Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading airlines, whose members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 10 million U.S. jobs.

Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee. He was responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. federal and state government relations, and international government relations.

Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Calio served President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from January 2001 to January 2003. As the president’s principal liaison to Congress, Mr. Calio worked closely with the leadership and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and had the primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House strategy on all legislative issues. He held the same position during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

The New York Times once described him as a “forceful broker…not only between the White House and Congress, but also among Cabinet officials…”; later “credit[ed] him with a major role in the biggest White House legislative victories on Capitol Hill, among them the resolution authorizing use of force against Iraq, the creation of the Homeland Security Department, an education bill and a major tax cut.”

Congressional Quarterly reported that “lawmakers of both parties also say Calio’s forceful approach…helped Bush put together a string of triumphs on Capitol Hill,” while Roll Call stated that “…he has a reputation as a prodigious lobbyist and one of Capitol Hill’s best vote counters.”

Prior to joining the Bush administration, Mr. Calio was a partner at O’Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm he co-founded in 1993. A 1998 Fortune Magazine survey of Members of Congress, congressional staff, administration staff and Washington lobbyists rated the firm as one of “the ten most powerful” in Washington. Mr. Calio started the firm after leaving the first Bush administration.

Mr. Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University; and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University, the Board of Directors of RTCA, Inc.; the Wolf Trap Foundation; and the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. He is also the Chairman of the American Heart Association’s Heart’s Delight Wine Gala.


Fred P. Hochberg
Chairman and President, Export Import Bank of the United States

Fred P. Hochberg is Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and one of the highest ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration.

Under his leadership in FY 2013, Ex-Im Bank supported $37.4 billion worth of U.S exports and 205,000 export related American jobs. Overall financing was $27.3 billion with an all-time high of 3,842 authorizations. Also in FY 2013, Ex-Im Bank financed 3,413 transactions for small-business exporters, the highest number ever for small businesses, representing nearly 90 percent of transactions and 19 percent of total authorizations.

During Hochberg’s tenure, the Bank has increased its focus on customers, both foreign buyers and U.S. exporters. It is seeking new markets for U.S. goods and services in emerging economies with growing infrastructure needs, including Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Nigeria and South Africa. Hochberg has also worked to expand the global footprint of key domestic industries in which U.S. exporters have a comparative advantage. These include renewable energy, construction and farm machinery, medical technology, agriculture, and avionics. In addition, he has streamlined processes, cut transaction times and introduced innovative new financial products.

As head of Ex-Im Bank, Chairman Hochberg plays an essential role in President Obama’s National Export Initiative.
From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York, N.Y. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), where he quadrupled lending to minority- and women-owned small businesses.

Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time President and Chief Operating Officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation, where he led the transformation of a small, family mail order company into an international, publicly traded direct marketing corporation.

Hochberg is a past board member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Citizens Budget Commission, and FINCA International Micro Finance. He was also an appointed representative to the New York State Financial Control Board.

A native of the greater New York metropolitan area, Hochberg received his undergraduate degree from New York University and his MBA from Columbia University. Hochberg’s partner is writer Tom Healy.


Kathryn Thomson
General Counsel, U.S. Department of Transportation

Katie Thomson became the Department’s General Counsel on April 9, 2014. Katie previously served as Acting General Counsel and also as the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration. From April 2009 to her appointment at FAA, Katie served as Counselor to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, where she was the Secretary’s principal advisor on energy, climate, and environmental matters. Katie led the Transportation Department team that developed historic joint fuel/greenhouse gas emission standards for passenger cars and trucks and heavy duty vehicles. These new standards, taken together, will nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles by 2025 and reduce oil consumption by more than 2.2 million barrels per day.

Katie played a critical role in the development and implementation of President Obama’s Blueprint for a Security Energy Future and represented the Department at the 2009 and 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Durban.

During her tenure at the Department, Katie spearheaded a number of other priority interagency projects, including: the negotiation and development of a new, long-haul, cross-border trucking program with Mexico; and the implementation of the U.S. strategy for responding to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme as applied to international aviation.
Katie also served as the Department’s Senior Sustainability Officer. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Department’s strategic energy and sustainability targets.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Katie practiced for 19 years at the law firm of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. As a partner in the firm’s environmental group, she focused on civil and criminal litigation, compliance counseling, and regulatory advocacy — with an emphasis on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, hazardous waste management spill reporting, and hazardous materials transportation enforcement and compliance matters.

A graduate of University of Illinois (summa cum laude) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Katie resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband Chris Lu. In her free time, she is an avid marathoner and triathlete.

Peggy Gilligan
Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Federal Aviation Administration

Peggy Gilligan became Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety on January 5, 2009 after serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator in that organization for 14 years. She has been in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) since 1980.

As Associate Administrator, Peggy leads the organization responsible for setting, overseeing, and enforcing safety standards for all parts of the aviation industry – airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, and any person or product that operates in aviation. These programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety.

Aviation Safety programs are carried out by a work force of more than 7,000 employees located in Washington headquarters, regional and directorate offices, and more than 125 field offices throughout the world. The organization’s annual budget is more than $1 billion.

In October 2011, Peggy accepted the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. The annual award is given to two Federal senior executives who have shown exceptional leadership while devoting themselves to a career of public service.
In May 2009, Peggy and her Industry co-chair accepted the Robert J. Collier Trophy in recognition of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team’s (CAST) work in developing an integrated data-driven strategy that reduced aviation fatalities in the United States by 83 percent over 10 years. Peggy serves as the government co-chair of CAST — a joint industry/government group committed to improving aviation safety by reducing the risk of accidents.

In April 2006, Peggy and her Industry co-chair received the Laurel Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine for improving aviation safety and “reducing the risk of fatalities in world aviation” through CAST. The annual award recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of individuals and teams in aviation, aerospace, and defense.

Peggy was Chief of Staff at the FAA, serving four Administrators. She also served in the Chief Counsel’s office in Washington and as a staff attorney in FAA’s Eastern Region in New York. Peggy is a 1979 graduate of Boston University School of Law and a 1975 graduate of Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. She resides in Washington, DC.


Fred Smith
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer FedEx Corporation

Frederick W. Smith is chairman and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $45-billion global transportation, business services and logistics company.

Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corporation operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight. FedEx serves more than 220 countries and territories with operations that include 634 aircraft and over 90,000 vehicles. More than 300,000 team members worldwide handle more than 10 million shipments each business day. Since founding FedEx in 1971, Smith has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade and “open skies agreements” for aviation around the world. Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy.

FedEx has continued to strengthen its industry leadership over the past 40 years, and has been widely acknowledged for its commitment to total quality service. FedEx Express was the first service company to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1990. FedEx has consistently been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s industry lists, including “World’s Most Admired Companies,” “100 Best Companies to Work For” and is on FORTUNE’s “Blue Ribbon Companies List.

Smith is co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council, a Trustee for the United States Council for International Business and a member of the Business Roundtable. He served as chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and is co-chairman of the French-American Business Council. Smith has served on the boards of several large public companies and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Foundation Boards. He was formerly chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association.

Smith has received numerous civic, academic and business awards including the Global Leadership Award from the U.S—India Business Council, the George C. Marshall Foundation Award; the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy; and the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In addition, Smith is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, served as co-chairman of both the U.S. World War II Memorial Project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps and was named a top CEO by both BARRON’S magazine and CHIEF EXECUTIVE magazine.

Born in 1944 in Marks, Miss., Smith attended Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in 1966. Smith served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.


Captain Lee Moak
President, Air Line Pilots Association

Captain Lee Moak is the ninth president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), which represents nearly 50,000 professional airline pilots in the United States and Canada and is the largest non-governmental aviation safety organization in the world. He was elected by the union’s Board of Directors on Oct. 13, 2010, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2011.

As ALPA’s chief executive and administrative officer, Captain Moak oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA’s governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots’ views in the airline industry before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, airline and other business executives, and also the news media.

As ALPA’s president, Captain Moak is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council as well as the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department, where he chairs the body’s Financial Oversight Committee. He serves on the FAA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), which is made up of industry decision makers and tasked with advising the administration on key-decision gates with regard to improving and modernizing the nation’s aviation infrastructure. Captain Moak is also one of 10 individuals appointed to the FAA Management Advisory Council, which advises the agency on management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters.

In Washington, D.C., Captain Moak led the creation and implementation of ALPA’s FAA reauthorization agenda, the bulk of which was signed into law as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Under his watch, numerous critical aviation safety measures have become reality, including a pathway toward NextGen, runway improvements, weather research to improve commercial air operations, and an authorization to keep essential airports operating to protect service to smaller communities. He has spearheaded the implementation of the Known Crewmember program, a cornerstone of TSA’s risk-based security protocol, and revised rest rules for pilots based on science.

Captain Moak oversaw an advocacy campaign that successfully pushed for an overhaul of the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ wide-body aircraft financing practices, the first such reforms in the Bank’s 75-plus year history, helping to level the playing field for U.S. air carriers and their employees in the international marketplace. He also helped lead a coalition of aviation groups in successfully opposing the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme, an illegal tax on U.S. airlines, and is currently leading the fight against other policies that put U.S. and Canadian air carriers and their pilots at a disadvantage versus foreign competitors.

Under Captain Moak’s leadership, ALPA pilots have ratified 19 new contracts protecting and bettering their jobs, livelihoods, and families. Many of these agreements have represented large and historic gains for professional airline pilots, including the largest airline merger in history at United Continental.
A B-767 Delta Air Lines captain, Captain Moak joined ALPA in 1988. From 2005 to 2010, he served three terms as chairman of the Delta Master Executive Council. His leadership in this capacity was crucial during Delta’s bankruptcy recovery and successful merger with Northwest Airlines.

Captain Moak continues to expand the traditional role of labor union leader through a policy of “active and constructive engagement” with any and all parties who can affect the professional lives and careers of the pilots he represents—from local reporters to international media, from Main Street to Wall Street, from regulators to legislators, from other unions to industry leaders around the globe—ensuring that ALPA pilots are an important force making constructive contributions in the process.

Prior to becoming an airline pilot, Captain Moak served nine years as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot. He later transitioned to the Naval Air Reserve Force to finish his military career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot.
Captain Moak is married and resides in New Orleans.

2013 IAC Holiday Reception at the Embassy of Canada
His Excellency Gary Doer is graciously hosting the International Aviation Club’s holiday event this year. Please join us for a festive evening to celebrate the season!

The Honorable Bill Shuster
Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Congressman Bill Shuster represents the hard-working people and small communities of Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Ninth Congressional District.

This region played an important role in the growth of the Nation’s railroad industry, and because of the importance of transportation to the region and the Nation’s economy, Shuster has focused on improving our infrastructure since his first days in Congress.

As a result of his proven leadership on these issues in the House of Representatives, Shuster was selected by his colleagues to chair the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 113th Congress.

The Committee, one of the largest in Congress, has broad jurisdiction over all modes of transportation, including aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads, as well as other aspects of our national infrastructure.

Infrastructure is the backbone of our economy, and as Committee Chairman, Shuster is committed to strengthening America’s national transportation and infrastructure network to make us more efficient, more competitive, and more prosperous.

Shuster has been a member of the Transportation Committee since coming to Congress in 2001. He previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as well as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

In addition to Congressman Shuster’s prominent role on transportation policy, he continues to be an active voice in support of our Armed Services and is a recognized leader on national security matters. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Shuster serves on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and in the 112th Congress was the Chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense. This panel’s work led to National Defense Authorization Act provisions to help reduce barriers to entry for businesses and to expand our national defense industrial base.

Bill Shuster was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bedford County, Pennsylvania working on his family’s farm. After graduating from Everett High School, he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.

Before beginning his career in public service, Shuster gained years of private sector experience, working in marketing and management with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation, and rising to District Manager for Bandag Incorporated. He was also a successful small business owner, having owned and operated an automobile dealership in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.

Shuster and his wife reside in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and have two children.


Annual L. Welch Pogue Award and Dinner
This year’s L. Welch Pogue Award will be presented to Andrew Steinberg.
de Gunten

Alex de Guten
Advisor to the Executive Committee of the Latin American & Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA)

Until his recent announcement to step down as ALTA ́s Executive Director, Alex de Gunten was responsible for leading a multi-national team of professionals to assist over 40 member airlines on critical safety, governmental, regulatory, financial and operational issues in aviation in the Latin America and Caribbean regions. De Gunten held the position as ALTA ́s Executive Director since 2003, when the association bore the name of AITAL.
Prior to that, de Gunten had served as Managing Director International of Orbitz, CEO of RepWorld Holdings, Vice President International LanChile Airlines (today LATAM), and Director General for Latin America for Canadian Airlines International (now part of Air Canada). He is an active leader in local and international communities, frequently speaking at leading international organizations conferences and contributing to major mainstream and industry-related media outlets. He is presently Co-Chairman of RASG – PA (Regional Aviation Safety Group – Pan America) under the auspices of ICAO and is a member of IATA ́s Checkpoint of the Future Advisory Group. He was member of the board of the Greater Miami Aviation Association (GMAA), as well as Vice President of the Chile-U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Miami. He was also Vice President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, and Director of the Airline Chamber of Mexico (CANAERO). Alex de Gunten is the recipient of the GMAA Juan Trippe Award 2012, which recognizes the significant contributions made by an individual to the development of international aviation and co-recipient of the FSF-Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, which recognizes an individual for his or her lifetime commitment and contribution to enhancing aviation safety.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, de Gunten has a Master’s in Business Administration with a major in International Business at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

Mark Schwab
Chief Executive Officer, Star Alliance Services GmbH

Mark Schwab is Chief Executive Officer of Star Alliance Services GmbH. He and his team coordinate the development and strategies of the world’s first and most experienced global airline alliance from its base in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Seen today as a role model for the civil aviation industry the Alliance was founded in 1997, with the aim of offering worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller.

By working together closely in Star Alliance, its member airlines are able to create and enhance products and services which cater to the needs of international travelers, as well as to develop joint IT solutions and to exploit the synergies that such large-scale, global collaboration can generate.

Prior to assuming his role at Star Alliance in January 2012, Mark Schwab held numerous positions in the airline industry at United Airlines, US Airways and American Airlines. Most recently he was responsible for alliance activities at Star Alliance member airline United, where he was Senior Vice President Alliances. In this role he also served on the Management
Board of the Star Alliance organisation.

Mark Schwab began his aviation career in 1975 with Pan American World Airways in Rio de Janeiro and went on to head organisations in Latin America, Europe and Asia. He spent most of his career outside his home country, the United States of America.

Mark Schwab has a degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese. He is married with two daughters.

Susan Kurland
Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation

Susan Kurland was nominated by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs in July, 2009 and confirmed by the U. S. Senate in August, 2009.

A key member of the Secretary of Transportation’s senior team, Susan Kurland directs economic and competition policies affecting the air transport industry and oversees the Department’s international activities. She serves as the DOT decision-maker in proceedings involving allocation of international aviation route authority, licensing of domestic and foreign air carriers, grants of antitrust immunity for international aviation alliance activities and provision of air services to rural U.S. communities. Additionally, Kurland leads Department efforts on international technical cooperation, standards harmonization, trade advocacy and export promotion.

Kurland brings extensive senior public and private transportation experience to her current role. Prior to joining the Department of Transportation, she was a managing director at Jefferies & Company focusing on airport infrastructure and municipal finance projects and headed the firm’s municipal finance group in Chicago. She served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of U.S. Airways and also led the Federal Aviation Administration’s national airports program as Associate Administrator for Airports. During her time as Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, she served as general counsel for Chicago’s airport system.

Kurland holds degrees from Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law.


Duane Woerth
U.S. Permanent Representative to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization

Ambassador Duane E. Woerth was nominated by President Obama to the position of U.S. Representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on July 8, 2010 and was confirmed to that position by the United States Senate on September 29, 2010. In his role as Representative on the ICAO Council, Ambassador Woerth will guide U.S. participation in that organization, which develops and promotes standards and practices for the safety, security, and environmental sustainability of international civil aviation.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Woerth was co-founder and Senior Vice President at an internet advertising firm in Omaha, Nebraska. From 1999-2006, he served as president of the Air Line Pilots Association. Immediately following the attacks of 9/11, he was appointed by United States Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta to serve on the Rapid Response Team for Aircraft Security.

Ambassador Woerth also previously served as co-Chairman of the Next Generation Air Transportation System Executive Council, a private sector organization developed to work with the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to modernize the National Airspace System through 2025.

He has served on several airline boards of directors, including Northwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Ambassador Woerth is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and holds an advanced degree from the University of Oklahoma. He served in the United States Air Force and the Kansas Air National Guard and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


Tony Tyler
Director General and CEO

Tony Tyler became the sixth person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 July 2011. With over three decades of airline industry experience, Tyler is a strong advocate for a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable global air transport industry.

Tyler is keen to engage all aviation stakeholders to achieve common goals. This is evident in two projects which IATA is championing under his leadership. IATA is working with governments and industry stakeholders around the world to develop an airport Checkpoint of the Future. The aim is to improve security while removing the hassles that passengers face today. Similarly, IATA is working with multiple industry participants on a New Distribution Capability that will modernize the way that travel products are distributed.

A passionate believer that aviation is a force for good in the world, Tyler has visited more than 25 countries to raise awareness on aviation’s key issues. He carries with him a message that the aviation industry delivers extensive social and economic benefits—employing some 57 million people and enabling over $2.2 trillion of business annually.

Prior to joining IATA, Tyler built his career at John Swire & Sons in Hong Kong. He joined the company in 1977 and in 1978 moved within the Swire Group to Cathay Pacific Airways, rising to the position of Chief Executive (2007 to 2011). During that time he served on the IATA Board of Governors, including as its Chairman from June 2009 to June 2010.

Tyler, a British national, was born in Egypt in 1955 and graduated from Oxford University in Jurisprudence. He has broad international working experience in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. At IATA, he works from both its main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.


James Hogan
President and Chief Executive Officer

James Hogan was appointed President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways on 10 September 2006, bringing more than 30 years of travel industry expertise to the Abu Dhabi-based airline.

He has overseen rapid growth of the UAE’s national airline, which now serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America operating a fleet of 73 modern environmentally friendly aircraft.

In July 2008, he signed one of the largest aircraft orders in history for up to 205 aircraft worth approximately US$43 billion at list prices, to meet the airline’s ambitious long-term growth plans.

CEO Middle East Magazine named him Aviation CEO of the Year in 2008 and Visionary of the Year in 2010. He wonthe CAPA Airline Executive of the Year 2012 Award at the Centre for Aviation’s global awards for excellence and leadership in 2012.

James started his career in 1975 at Ansett Airlines, and subsequently held senior positions with bmi, Hertz, Forte Hotels and Gulf Air.

At Hertz, his roles included directorships of the marketing, sales and operations divisions. In 1995, based in London, he joined the executive management committee as Vice President, Marketing & Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In 1997, James became service director for bmi British Midland, leaving in 1998 to join the Granada Group as worldwide sales director, where he sat on the board of Forte Hotels.

He returned to bmi in 1999 as chief operating officer. There he was responsible for flight and ground operations, sales and marketing, commercial, cargo, engineering and handling service companies, and was a member of the Board.
James moved back to his native Australia in 2001, where he was appointed chief executive of the Tesna consortium, which was created with the aim of acquiring Ansett Airlines from administration, before joining Gulf Air in 2002, where he served as chief executive for four years.

James is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a former non-executive director, and member of the Board’s Audit Committee, of Gallaher Plc. In 2010, he served as the chairman of the Aviation Travel and Tourism Governors at the World Economic Forum. He currently serves as vice chairman on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council(WTTC) and is a member of the UBS Industrialisation Advisory Board and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. In December 2011, he was appointed as vice chairman of airberlinplc following the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the airline.


Brian Simpson
Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, European Parliament

Brian Simpson was first elected to the European Parliament in June 1989. Representing the North West of England, Brian is recognised in the parliament for his work on transport and tourism. He has been a member of the Transport & Tourism Committee since becoming an MEP and is currently one of its longest serving members. From 1991 to 2004, he held the position of Socialist Group spokesperson for Transport & Tourism. He was re-elected to this position in 2008. In 2009 he was appointed the chairperson of the Transport and Tourism Committee.

He is also a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee where he acts as the British Labour Party spokesperson. He has held other positions within the European Parliament including, the Presidency of the Parliamentary Delegation for relations with Norway, Iceland and Switzerland and Vice President for the delegation with the former Yugoslavia. He is presently an active member of the Parliament’s delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand.

Before becoming a Member of the European Parliament, Brian was a teacher. He was also a County Councillor for Merseyside County Council, a Member of the Merseyside Police Authority and Deputy Chair of Liverpool Airport, Councillor at Warrington Borough Council, where he was Deputy Chair of Finance and Chair of Performance and Policy. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

His hobbies include most sports (particularly rugby league), Heritage Railways and Military History. Brian is particularly well read on the American Civil War and is a keen member of the Civil War Trust. He is Vice President of the Heritage Railways Association. In 2010, the Commonwealth of Kentucky gave Brian the honour of inducting him as an Honorary Colonel.


The Honorable John S. Pistole
Administrator, Transportation Security Administration

John S. Pistole was confirmed as the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) fifth Administrator in July 2010. As TSA Administrator, he oversees management of a 61,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the United States (U.S.), the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems, and pipelines.

Under his leadership, TSA will continue to grow as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems.

Pistole came to TSA as a 26-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, he was put in charge of the FBI’s greatly expanded counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI.

Pistole has led or been involved in several high profile investigations, including the air cargo bomb plot in October 2010; the December 25, 2009 attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253; the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May 1, 2010; the plot against New York City subways in 2009; the 2006 United Kingdom (UK) liquid explosives plot; and the May 2003 suicide bombings of three housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which 35 people died, including nine Americans.

Pistole began his career as a Special Agent with the FBI in 1983, serving in the Minneapolis and New York divisions before his promotion to Supervisor in the Organized Crime Section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 1999, as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Boston, he helped lead investigation and recovery efforts for the Egypt Air Flight 990 crash off the coast of Rhode Island.

In 2007, Pistole received the Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.

Pistole practiced law for two years prior to joining the FBI. He is a graduate of Anderson University (Indiana) and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. He is married and has two daughters.

2012 IAC Holiday Reception at the Embassy of Italy



Fred P. Hochberg
Chairman and President Export-Import Bank of the United States

Andrew Herdman
Director General Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)

Andrew Herdman has held the position of Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) since November 2004.

In this role he is committed to expanding the role of the Association as the leading trade organization for international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region, addressing a wide range of both regional and global policy issues affecting the industry. AAPA works closely with regulators and other industry associations with the aim of fostering the sustainable growth of international civil aviation.

Prior to joining the AAPA, Andrew held a number of senior positions with the Swire Group, the parent company of Cathay Pacific Airways, with other diverse interests in aviation, property, beverages, marine services, trading and industrial sectors, predominantly based in the Greater China region, most recently as Director Corporate Affairs at Swire Pacific and a Director of the parent holding company, John Swire & Sons.

Mr. Herdman spent much of his earlier career in a variety of senior aviation-related roles with Cathay Pacific Airways and its associated companies, including: Managing Director, Cathay Pacific Catering Services, Managing Director of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO), Chairman of Xiamen-based TAECO; Cathay Pacific General Manager Cargo; Director and General Manager of ABACUS, and a board member of Worldspan. Mr. Herdman is a graduate of Oxford University, with BA (Hons) and a post-graduate BPhil in management studies.

Married with two daughters, he also enjoys tennis, sailing and hiking.

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Tim Clark
President Emirates Airline

Tim Clark has been in the civil aviation business for his whole professional career, having joined British Caledonian in 1972.

In 1975 he moved to Gulf Air in Bahrain and subsequently in 1985 to Dubai where he became a member of the founding team of Emirates as Head of Airline Planning.

He is now the President of Emirates Airline which now serves 119 cities in 71 countries with a fleet of 169 wide-bodied aircraft. The airline has an aircraft order back log of 234 units valued at over USD$72 billion at list prices and this includes the largest order for the A380 of 90 units, the first of which was delivered in July 08.

Between April 1998 and March 2008 he was also the Managing Director of SriLankan Airlines, the latter position resulted from Emirates’ acquisition in April 1998 of a major stake in the airline with full management control.

Mr. Clark is Chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation which he was instrumental in founding. The Foundation strives to improve the welfare of disadvantaged children of the world.

Mr. Clark is an Economics graduate from London University and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

In November 2009 he was conferred an “Officier de la Legion d’Honneur” by the French government for services to transport and aviation and holds the 2009 Gold Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society for contribution to civil aerospace. In addition, he holds the 2011 Airline Business and Flight Global Achievement Awards.


Ambassador Mike Moore

Rt Hon Mike Moore is a past Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) where he oversaw the launch of the Doha Development Round.

His period in office saw the successful accession to the WTO of China and Chinese Taipei along with Estonia, Jordan, Georgia, Albania, Oman, Croatia, Lithuania, and Moldova.

The Ambassador is a former Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand. He has held portfolios in a wide range of areas and served in a number of senior political positions including Trade Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Tourism, Minister for the America’s Cup and Deputy Minister of Finance.

Mr Moore worked as a meat and construction worker, and a printer where he became an active Trade Unionist. He became a social worker in a hospital for the criminally insane – an experience he claims “prepared him well for a life in politics”.
Mr Moore held numerous appointments and board memberships with global policy and commercial organisations. These included Membership of the United Nations Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor; Commissioner for the UN Global Commission on International Migration; and a number of private secotr boards.

He served on the Economic Development Board of South Australia, and was an advisor to other Governments. Ambassador Moore is also a Trilateral Commission member and a member of the Privy Council.

Mr Moore was an Adjunct Professor at Adelaide University, Australia, and La Trobe University, Australia, is Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, Honorary Professor at the Chinese University for Political Science and International Law in Beijing, and Honorary Professor, Shanghai Customs College.

He is the recipient of numerous honours from governments in Africa, Europe and South America. The Ambassador has been awarded New Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand.

Mr Moore also holds honorary doctorates in commerce from Lincoln University, New Zealand; in economics from the People’s University of China, Beijing; in commerce from Auckland University of Technology and Canterbury University, and law from La Trobe University in Australia.

He is the author of ten books including: A Pacific Parliament; Hard Labour, Fighting For New Zealand; Children of the Poor; A Brief History of the Future and A World Without Walls.

Mr Moore’s latest book, “Saving Globalisation”, was published by Wiley’s in 2009.

Mr Moore is the founder of a New Zealand Charity “School Aid” which creates investment funds which are managed by High School students, the profits of which will go to schools in developing countries.

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Willie Walsh
Chief Executive Officer, International Airlines Group (IAG)

Willie Walsh became chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) in January 2011, joining from British Airways where he was chief executive from October 2005.

IAG is the parent company of British Airways and Iberia. It is one of the world’s largest airline groups with more than 400 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 55 million passengers each year.

At British Airways, Willie guided the company to its first-ever 10 per cent operating margin in 2007 and introduced permanent changes across the airline to bring it through the worst recession in aviation history in 2008/9. He secured the airline’s long-term strategic objective to establish a transatlantic joint business with American Airlines and Iberia and set up the merger with Iberia that led to the formation of IAG.

Prior to joining British Airways, he was chief executive at Aer Lingus, a position he was appointed to in the aftermath of 9/11. Faced with bankruptcy and heavy losses, Willie radically restructured the airline and this culminated in it posting an €107 million profit in 2004, making Aer Lingus the most profitable state-owned airline in the western world.

Born in Dublin in 1961, Willie joined Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot and worked his way through the ranks to become a captain in 1990. He began his move to management in 1989 where he fulfilled various roles in the flight operations department. He completed a Master of Science in Management and Business Administration at Dublin’s Trinity College in 1992.

His managerial skills led him to being appointed chief executive of Futura, Aer Lingus’ Spanish charter airline in 1998.

He returned to Dublin with Aer Lingus in 2000 where he took up the role of chief operating officer and was subsequently appointed as chief executive in October 2001.

Willie is married with one daughter. He enjoys all sports, especially football and golf.


Deborah A. P. Hersman
Chairman National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman is recognized as one of the nation’s most visionary and passionate safety leaders who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation. Among her many initiatives, Chairman Hersman has focused attention and actions on distracted driving, child passenger safety, and helping accident victims and their families. She emphasizes the NTSB’s role as “the conscience and the compass of the transportation industry.”

Chairman Hersman has been the Board Member on-scene for 19 major transportation accidents, chaired scores of NTSB hearings, forums and events, and regularly testifies before Congress. Her leadership has created a more transparent and accountable organization by significantly increasing the quantity and quality of NTSB information available on the agency’s website, holding more public meetings to highlight safety issues, and embracing social media to communicate with stakeholders and citizens.

Chairman Hersman has overseen the timely completion of several high-profile accident investigations during her tenure as Chair, including:
• Crash of a Colgan Air commuter airplane near Buffalo, NY in 2009
• Collision of two Metro trains in Washington, DC in 2009
• Mid-air collision over the Hudson River near Hoboken, NJ in 2009
• Collision between a barge and tour vessel on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA in
• Pipeline rupture in San Bruno, CA in 2010
• Crash of a chartered airplane carrying Senator Ted Stevens in Aleknagik, AK in 2010
• Study of curbside bus operators following several high-profile fatal accidents in 2011

Created as an independent federal agency in 1967, the NTSB has investigated more than 132,000 accidents and made more than 13,500 safety recommendations. The NTSB is recognized internationally as a preeminent accident investigation organization. Hersman serves as the chief executive of the agency, which has 400-plus employees and an annual budget of more than $100 million.

Hersman was first appointed as a Board Member by President Bush in 2004 and reappointed to a second five-year term by President Obama. Appointed Chairman by President Obama in 2009 and 2011 with unanimous Senate confirmation votes, she is now serving her second term as Chairman. Her Board position and chairmanship both expire in 2013.

Previously, Hersman was a senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1999-2004 and served as Staff Director and Senior Legislative Aide to West Virginia Congressman Bob Wise from 1992-1999. Her efforts contributed to the passage of milestone bills such as the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century, and Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act.

Chairman Hersman received B.A. degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Virginia Tech, and an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She holds a commercial driver’s license (with passenger, school bus, and air brake endorsements) as well as a motorcycle endorsement.


John Byerly

John Byerly served from 2001 to 2010 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for market-opening aviation agreements with over 70 countries, personally leading U.S. delegations that secured Open Skies with Germany, France, and Japan as well as the historic Open Skies Plus accord with the European Union. Byerly helped implement the U.S. response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, was instrumental in securing U.S. ratification of the 1999 Montreal Convention on airline accident liability, and participated actively in the economic, legal, and environmental work of the International Civil Aviation Organization. In a government career spanning 31 years, Byerly served as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Mission in divided Berlin, as Principal Deputy General Counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency, as General Counsel to the Sinai peacekeeping force, and as the primary legal adviser in U.S. efforts to end conflicts in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Ethiopia/Eritrea, and Rwanda.

Christoph Franz

Dr. Christoph Franz
Chairman of Executive Board & Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Dr. Christoph Franz, who was born on May 2, 1960, in Frankfurt am Main, is Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer Deutsche Lufthansa AG since January 1, 2011. As such, he is responsible for the Lufthansa Group, which comprises the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering and IT Services segments and has over 120,000 employees worldwide.

After studying in Germany, France and the USA and earning a doctorate (Dr. rer. pol.) from Darmstadt T echnical University, Germany, Christoph Franz joined Deutsche Lufthansa AG in 1990. From 1992 to 1994 he served as a member of the staff team around then-CEO Jürgen Weber which devised and effected the airline’s corporate turnaround following the upheavals of the first Gulf War. In 1994, with Lufthansa’s turnaround successfully completed, Franz moved to Deutsche Bahn AG, where he held various executive functions over the next nine years. These culminated in his appointment as a Member of the Executive Board and CEO of the company’s passenger transport division.

Midyear 2004, Christoph Franz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS). After the successful turnaround of the airline and the integration into the Lufthansa Group, Christoph Franz joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG in June 2009 as Chief Executive Officer Lufthansa German Airlines, in overall charge of the company’s Passenger Airline business. He further served as deputy to the Executive Board Chairman & CEO. Since January 1, 2011, Christoph Franz Chairman is Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.


Sam Gilliland
Chairman and CEO, Sabre Holdings

Sam Gilliland is Chairman and CEO of Sabre Holdings®, the world’s leading travel technology company, where his love of travel, entrepreneurial spirit and technical expertise inspire him to lead more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries, spanning all segments of the travel industry. He was appointed to the role in 2003.

Prior to that, Sam served in several senior leadership positions at Sabre Holdings including president and CEO of Travelocity®, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Sabre Holdings, group president of Sabre Airline Solutions, and senior vice president and general manager of Sabre Business Travel Solutions, a start-up venture within the company.

Before joining Sabre Holdings in 1988, Sam worked as an electrical engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space in Austin,

A recognized leader in the travel and tourism industry, Sam was appointed to the President’s Management Advisory Board by U.S. President Barack Obama in March 2011. He also serves on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Committee to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. Sam holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.