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Join the International Aviation Club for a festive evening to celebrate the holidays!
We are pleased to be hosted by the Netherlands Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency André Haspels, who will welcome us and offer remarks on the importance of international aviation and reflect on global trade, travel, and tourism.
This event is complimentary for all current IAC members. Members may invite guests at $65 per person.
Presented in Partnership with the Flight Safety Foundation.
Our industry roundtable on international aviation safety Issues will feature an esteemed panel:
Moderated by Michael Huerta, former FAA Administrator
Gilberto Lopez Meyer, Senior Vice President for Safety and Flight Operations, IATA
Lee Moak, President, Moak Group; Former President of ALPA
Captain Andreas Flaig, Chief Safety Pilot and Head of Flight Safety, Lufthansa Group
Michael Quiello, Vice President, Corporate Safety, United Airlines
Note: Registration will open at 11:30 AM. Lunch will be served at 12:00 pm. Space is limited. Advance registrations are strongly encouraged. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.
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Former COO-Customers, Airbus
John Leahy was Chief Operating Officer-Customers at Airbus from 2005-2017, the company's chief commercial officer between August 1994 and 2017, and a former member of the Airbus main board of management. Well known as one of the commercial aviation industry's most prolific aircraft salesmen, he made a significant contribution to the increase in Airbus' market share, from 18% in 1995 to 57% a decade later.
Mr. Leahy led the team that sold 16,000 airliners, worth about $2 trillion—an industry record. He led numerous successful commercial activities including the launch of the A380 and A350 XWB. Mr. Leahy also played a significant role in the launch of the A32Neo (New Environmental Option) family, which is the fastest selling aircraft program in aviation history.
Mr. Leahy joined Airbus North America in January 1985 after seven years at Piper Aircraft. He became the Head of Sales in 1988 and, later, President of Airbus North America. He was in charge of the penetration of the strategic North .American market, where most major airlines are now Airbus customers.
Mr. Leahy has an MBA from Syracuse University, with a concentration in both Finance and Transportation Management, and a BA from Fordham University, with a dual major in Communications and Philosophy. He is a licensed multi-engine commercial pilot and a former flight instructor with more than 3,700 hours of flying time.
President & Chief Executive Officer, KLM
Pieter (J.Th.) Elbers is an airline industry veteran with over 25 years of experience within KLM. He started his career at KLM in 1992 as Manager Aircraft loading, followed by a number of managerial positions in The Netherlands, as well as 6 years abroad (in Italy, Greece, and Japan). He joined the Managing Board of KLM in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. In 2014, he became President and CEO.
His responsibility is to manage KLM’s overall strategy and performance. In this role, setting strategic priorities in order to leverage the company’s competitive advantage is his primary focus. He is also responsible for external affairs and the relationship with external and internal stakeholders, as well as for further developing and enhancing (joint venture) alliances and (Skyteam) partnerships. Next to that, he is accountable for maintaining a customer focused, innovative and efficient organisation and operation. Important corner stones in reaching his goals are leading a motivated executive team and building a firm and fair corporate culture.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Air France KLM Group. Furthermore, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Marfo B.V, member of the Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW), member of the International Advisory Board of International Institute of Air & Space Law (IIASL), and member of the Board of Governors of IATA.
Pieter graduated at the Open University in Amsterdam (Master in Business Administration) and the Academy of Venlo (Bachelor in Logistics Management). In addition, he has completed executive programs at IMD - Lausanne, Columbia University - New York and Tsinghua - Beijing. He is married and has 3 children.
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