ACI Media Press Release Archives (2005)
Geneva - Director General Robert J. Aaronson has announced the appointment of Anne McGinley as Director of the ACI Bureau in Montreal, whose mission is to promote the interests of ACI's 1540 airport members at the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO is the unique aviation forum that brings together States and industry experts in order to define international guidance on standards and recommended practices for air navigation services, airports and airlines.
"ACI is committed to working through ICAO in order to progress rapidly on the pressing issues that our industry faces today" said Aaronson. "Having worked on aviation issues both in the EU and the ICAO Council, Anne's knowledge and diplomatic skills will be great assets in her new role with ACI. I am confident that she will provide strong leadership on airport positions as we work with our industry partners to build international consensus." |
Ms McGinley was appointed as Irish representative to the ICAO Council in 2001 and also represented the interests of all ABIS States (Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland). She has served as Vice Chairperson and then Chairperson of ICAO's Air Transport Committee, where she secured agreement for the introduction of Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs) and deployment of biometric technologies, subsequently approved by the Facilitation Division 2004 and the ICAO Council. She has participated in numerous conference panels and committees including the Worldwide Air Transport Conference, Airports Economics Panel, and Air Transport Regulation Panel.
Before moving to Montreal, Ms McGinley served as Head of the Air Navigation Services Division in the Department of Public Enterprise in Ireland. During this time she gained extensive experience on a variety of European Commission and EUROCONTROL committees, working on policy areas that included the Galileo (GNSS) project, the Single European Sky proposal, environmental issues in civil aviation and the aviation spectrum positions presented at WRC 2000.
"It will be an exciting challenge to represent the international airport community at a time when traffic growth is stretching our infrastructure capacity" Ms McGinley commented. "We must work on common safety, security, economic and environmental issues, as well as the specific needs related to mature, developing and high-growth aviation markets."
Ms McGinley takes up the position following the retirement of Roderick Heitmeyer who has represented ACI at ICAO for over ten years. Mr Heitmeyer completes a distinguished career in aviation, having worked 16 years with the airlines association IATA, then at ICAO for 20 years before taking up his functions with ACI. Aaronson noted, "His contributions over his tenure in areas as diverse as aviation economics, security/safety issues and biometrics raised ACI's profile with ICAO Member States and within the industry. Reflecting Rod's tireless efforts over the years, ACI has come to be known as one of the three pillars of civil aviation alongside ICAO and IATA."