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13th Annual International Airline CEO Conference Attracts Worldwide Leaders

The Annual International Airline CEO Conference hosted by AvNews, Latin America and the Caribbean is attracting a “Who’s Who” of International Airline Industry Executives including Under Secretary U.S. Department of Transportation, Jeffrey Shane.  Marshall Sinick - Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey is chairing this year’s event, scheduled for May 8-10, 2005 at The Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach, Florida and Patricia Thorp - CEO, Thorp & Company will serve as Vice Chair.

Other senior executives from across the spectrum of U.S. and International airlines who have confirmed their attendance and participation include:
Doug Parker - CEO America West, Bernardo Dominguez - Director General Junta Aeronautica Civil-Chile,  Abdul Wahab Teffaha - Secretary General Arab Air Carrier Organization,  Jorge Fernandez - V.P. International Alliances Delta Air Lines,  Ben Baldanza - President Spirit Airlines,  Marco Bologna - CEO TAM,  Pete Garcia - V.P. Latin America Continental Airlines,  Juan Emilio Posada - CEO Synergy Aerospace,  Michael Allen - CEO Back Aviation,  Frederick Jacobsen - CEO TAMPA Air,  Nelson Ramiz - CEO Aeropostal,  Pedro Heilbron - CEO COPA Airlines, Alex de Gunten - Executive Director AITAL,  Michael Bell - Partner Spencer Stuart, Roberto Kriete - Chairman & CEO TACA,  Carlos Luiz Martins CEO VARIG, Willy Cabezas - CEO Arrow Air, Ernesto (Tito) Asbun - CEO LAB,  David Cush - VP Marketing & Sales American Airlines,  James Sarvis - Director Latin America, Delta Airlines and Carolyn Coldren - DOT
According to Bob Booth, chairman of AvGroup and publisher of AvNews, which produces the International Airline CEO Conference sponsored by SITA, “This year’s theme speaks to the high level of activity by international airlines efforts to “Turn Around” their airline. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand how the airlines are tackling current issues and seizing the opportunities that exist”.
In addition to the keynote speeches, the conference will feature panel discussions on Cargo and “the Yanks are coming”.  Other conference activities will include a golf tournament to kick off the event along with cocktail receptions and banquets that will enable attendees to network with the “who’s who” of the airline industry.