The NATS Board has announced the permanent appointment of Martin Rolfe as its new chief executive officer following a full selection process.
Rolfe has led the company since May.
NATS chairman Paul Golby said: “Martin has proved himself an excellent candidate through both a robust selection and the way he has successfully steered the company during this interim period.
“Air navigation service providers face a period of significant change in the years ahead, and Martin’s proven intention to work closely with employees, customers and stakeholders make him the right choice to lead the company.
“Our priority will remain bringing a safe and excellent service to our airline and airport customers in the UK on behalf of the travelling public and to capitalise on sound international opportunities as they arise.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Martin at this important time for NATS.”
Rolfe joined NATS as managing director operations in March 2012, overseeing the delivery of NATS’ en route business.
Previously, he worked for Lockheed Martin where he was managing director of the UK Civil business.
Rolfe said: “NATS is such a capable organisation, it will be an honour to lead the company into the next phase of its development. We are very clear in our company priorities.
“My job is to help ensure our employees deliver the best results for customers.”
He has worked in the air traffic management domain for 18 years leading large multinational teams across Europe, the US, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Far East, with customers including air navigation service providers, central government departments and military organisations.