A new job is literally waiting in the wings for Marion Blakey when her term as FAA Administrator ends next month. It was announced on Tuesday that Blakey will be the next president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, the trade association representing the nation's manufacturers of aerospace equipment. The appointment officially takes effect on Nov. 12. Blakey succeeds John Douglass, who has been president and CEO of AIA since September 1998 and will remain with AIA through Dec. 31 to provide counsel and ensure a smooth transition.
AIA Board of Governors Chairman William Swanson praised Douglass for his 10 years of service at AIA, adding, "We are very pleased to name Marion Blakey to the role Her exceptional experience in the executive branch of government, as well her deep expertise in public affairs and government relations, will greatly benefit all the members of AIA as she represents the industry in the years ahead."