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ATAC announces new president and CEO

atacmckennaNov. 7, 2008, Ottawa – The Air Transport Association of Canada today announced the hiring of John McKenna as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.


November 10, 2008
By Carey Fredericks

atacmckennaNov. 7, 2008, Ottawa – The Air Transport Association of Canada today announced the hiring of John McKenna as its new president and CEO.
 
With more than 20 years of experience, McKenna is very well suited to take the leadership role at ATAC. He has held a wide variety of transportation-related assignments both in the public and private sectors.  His experience includes senior positions within the transportation sector of the Quebec provincial government as well as various private sector endeavors. He has held the position of President and General Manager of the Asssociation québécoise du transport aérien (Quebec Air Transport Association) since 2003.
 
Mr. McKenna holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master of Business Administration from Sherbrooke University as well as a Master of Arts in Soviet and East European Studies from Carleton University.
 
Mike Doiron, Chairman of the Board of Directors, welcomed McKenna to ATAC. “After a lengthy search, we are thrilled to welcome John to ATAC. When we started our search we hoped to find a candidate who understood both this industry and the regulatory environment in which we operate and also understood the complexities of managing a dynamic association that represents a wide diversity of members.  In John we have found an ideal candidate who understands the changing environment of commercial aviation in Canada. The Board is confident that his impressive and varied background will serve him well in identifying threats as well as opportunities for our industry.”
 
“I look forward to joining a dynamic team and helping ATAC members tackle the many challenges facing our industry," stated McKenna.
 
McKenna will begin his responsibilities at ATAC immediately after the New Year.