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We are pleased to announce our April 28th Luncheon featuring:
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
The IAC's April luncheon will be Friday, April 28th, at the Mayflower Hotel.
David F. Melcher is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), an education and advocacy organization representing over 300 companies in the Aerospace and Defense industry. As AIA President and CEO, Melcher develops the strategy for the association and works with member CEOs to advocate for the industry. He also chairs an international organization that develops standards and regulations necessary for the safety and security of air transport worldwide. In January 2016, Melcher was appointed to FAA’s NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), providing advice on policy-level issues for the nation’s aviation modernization.
Melcher joined AIA from Exelis Inc., where he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of a $5+ billion revenue company that was spun off from ITT Corporation in 2011, and ultimately merged with Harris Corporation in 2015. Prior to becoming a CEO, he was the President of ITT’s Defense and Information Solutions group, and its Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. He has extensive program management, strategy development and finance experience, and has worked closely with key leadership within the aerospace and defense industry, Department of Defense, White House, and Congress.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Melcher joined ITT Corporation in August 2008 after a successful 32 year career in the United States Army. His Army career highlights include battalion and brigade command in Infantry and Armored divisions, and high-level military leadership and staff positions. As a general officer, he served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Military Deputy for Budget, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs (G8). He also served as Commanding General of the Corps of Engineers – Southwestern Division in Dallas.
Melcher holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two masters’ degrees, one in business administration from Harvard University and another in public administration from Shippensburg University. He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire, and a former White House Fellow who served as the Executive Assistant for the Director, Office of Management and Budget in the White House.
Reception begins at 12:00 PM. All guests are to be seated by 12:30 PM. Space is limited. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs (e.g. vegetarian meal)
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We are pleased to announce our May 23rd Luncheon featuring:
European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport
The IAC's May luncheon will be Tuesday May 23rd, 2017, at the Willard Hotel.
Violeta Bulc, of Slovenian nationality, became European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport in November 2014.
Ms. Bulc is an expert on balanced sustainable development strategies, organic growth and innovation ecosystems. She believes in the power of networks, holistic individual, and positive energy. She has received eight national awards for business innovations. She is a member of management and supervisory boards of several professional associations (UN Chapter of Global Compact in Slovenia, Manager Association, Umanotera, Change the Game global initiative) and a member of the Slovenian National Council for innovative society. She is also honorary member of the Association of Slovenian Innovators.
Ms. Bulc is the author of a popular business book "Ritmi poslovne evolucije" (free translation “Rate of Business Evolution”), and co-author of several other professional publications and books.
She is a recognized thought leader and speaker on organic growth of organizations, progressive sustainable models, innovation ecosystems, and social entrepreneurship.
Ms. Bulc was a member of the Program Advisory Board of the Stanford Research Center of Innovation and Communication at Stanford University, and an outspoken promoter of its mission in the Balkan region (2006-2011). She is a lecturer at DOBA University on Innovative and Innovation Management and a visiting lecturer at MCI in Innsbruck, Austria. At DOBA she received an award for “lecturer of the year” by student vote.
At the start of her current mandate, Ms. Bulc stated "To progress towards the vision zero, I count on using the full range of instruments, including new technologies to make vehicles and infrastructure safer, soft measures to build a road safety culture or strategic targets, for instance for serious injuries in road accidents. I am determined to maintain the high level of safety and security that characterises the EU transport system. I will therefore ensure that inspections in the aviation and maritime sectors are carried out according to the highest standards of professionalism and cost-effectiveness."
Ms. Bulc holds a Master's degree in Information Technology from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Informatics from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is an entrepreneur and politician with a passion for sustainability and innovation.
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We are pleased to announce our June 7th Luncheon featuring:
Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG
The IAC's June luncheon will be Wednesday, June 7th, at the Mayflower Hotel.
Carsten Spohr, has been Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since 1 May 2014. As such he is in overall executive charge of the Lufthansa Group with its Hub Airlines, Point-to-Point and Service Companies business segments and its worldwide workforce of some 120,000 personnel.
After graduating in industrial engineering from Karlsruhe University, Mr. Spohr earned his commercial pilot’s license from the Lufthansa Flight Training School in Bremen and Phoenix (Arizona). He then went on to complete a management training program at Deutsche Aerospace AG in Munich.
In 1994 Mr. Spohr returned to Lufthansa, assuming the position of Head of Central Recruitment. The following year he was appointed Personal Assistant to the Chairman & CEO; and in 1998 he assumed responsibility for Lufthansa’s European regional partnerships.
In 2000 Mr. Spohr was named Vice President Alliances & Cooperations, with responsibility for managing and coordinating the company’s collaborations worldwide, including those within Star Alliance and with its regional partners. He also assumed additional responsibility in 2003 for Lufthansa’s passenger business strategy and its passenger airline holdings.
In October 2004 Mr. Spohr was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa German Airlines. In this capacity he was responsible for the passenger airline’s hub management, cabin crews and HR affairs.
Mr. Spohr was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG with effect from 15 January 2007. On 1 January 2011 he joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, as CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines; and he took over as Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG on 1 May 2014.
Carsten Spohr holds a Lufthansa captain’s license for the Airbus A320 family. He is married and has two daughters.
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