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Listen & Learn Webinar: Current, Short-Term, and Longer-Term Financial Prospects for the Airline Industry in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • June 16, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Webinar, Access Information Sent Upon Registration
  • 334


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Join us for a topical discussion by an esteemed panel.


Brian Pearce, Chief Economist, International Air Transport Association

John Heimlich, Vice President & Chief Economist, Airlines for America

Hunter Keay, Managing Director — Senior Analyst: Airlines, Aerospace & Defense, Wolfe Research


Laura Jennings, Special Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman


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Speaker Bios

Brian Pearce
, Chief Economist, International Air Transport Association

The role of Brian's team is to analyze the economic and policy landscape facing the airline industry, to provide credible economic analysis to guide and support IATA’s advocacy work. An economist with over 35 years of international experience in several industries, he is also a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University’s Department of Air Transport and a member of IATA’s senior leadership team. He has been on panels of expert advisers for the UK Airports Commission, the UK Department for Transport and ICAO. He was formerly director of the Centre for Sustainable Investment at the think-tank Forum for the Future, head of global economic research at the investment bank SBC Warburg in Tokyo and then London, and was Chief Economist at Ernst & Young’s economic forecasting consultancy.

John Heimlich
, Vice President & Chief Economist, Airlines for America

John joined Airlines for America (A4A) in April 2001 and currently serves as Vice President and Chief Economist. He is responsible for matters pertaining to economics and energy and frequently engages with members of the media. Heimlich represents A4A in the MIT Airline Industry Consortium and the Harvard Industrial Economists Discussion Group and is Chairman Emeritus of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). In December 2010, Heimlich received the Armbrust Aviation Group’s award for “Distinguished Achievement in Aviation.” Prior to A4A, Heimlich spent five years at United Airlines in financial planning, financial analysis and international and regulatory affairs. In the latter role, he worked on competition matters, mergers, route cases and antitrust immunity for alliances. A native of Kent, Ohio, Heimlich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Hunter Keay, Managing Director — Senior Analyst: Airlines, Aerospace & Defense, Wolfe Research

In 2019 Hunter was voted #1 in the Airlines sector by investors in Institutional Investor magazine's All-America Poll, after finishing #2 in 2018, #1 in 2017, #1 in 2016, #3 in both 2015 and 2014, and as a Runner-Up in both 2013 and 2012. This recognition came after earning the status of “Rising Stars” by Institutional Investor magazine in the same survey in 2011.   

Prior to joining Wolfe Research in 2011, Hunter was a Director and Senior Airline Analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, where he was voted one of Wall Street’s “Best Up And Comers” on the 2010 Institutional Investor magazine All—America Research Team. Hunter has won numerous awards for stock picking and earnings estimate accuracy.  

Before initiating coverage on Airlines as a Senior Analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, Hunter spent four years as an Associate Analyst covering Aerospace & Defense in Stifel Nicolaus’ Industrial Equity Research group, joining the company via Stifel’s acquisition of Legg Mason’s Capital Markets practice in 2005. Before joining Legg Mason in 2004, Hunter worked as a consultant in IBM’s Aerospace and Defense practice in Washington D.C., and also for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City before embarking on his Wall Street career. Hunter received a bachelor’s degree in business management/finance from Bucknell University, and he is a CFA charterholder.

Laura Jennings
, Special Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Laura Jennings is Special Counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and a member of the firm’s Chambers USA-ranked aviation regulatory group.  At Pillsbury, Laura counsels Asian, Latin American and European airlines before the DOT, FAA, CBP and TSA, including enforcement matters and in obtaining approvals to operate to the United States.

Prior to joining Pillsbury, Laura was a litigation and dispute resolution counsel at another law firm and an attorney with both the DOT’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and the FAA’s Enforcement Office. She also was appointed for a six-month term as special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

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