Air Transport Action Group welcomes new Executive Director

Geneva - The Air Transport Action Group’s (ATAG) new executive director, Michael Gill, has taken his position today leading the cross aviation industry coalition on sustainable growth of air transport. He replaces Paul Steele who held the role for six years.

Speaking at today’s handover, Michael Gill said, “I am looking forward to this new challenge with great enthusiasm and I am grateful to the ATAG board for appointing me as executive director. ATAG has proven to be a valuable forum for reaching industry consensus, particularly in how the industry is responding to the climate change challenge. We have been a proactive sector. The result of the last ICAO Assembly, where governments agreed to work with industry and civil society to deliver a global market-based measure for aviation, goes to show what good partnerships can deliver.”

Gill brings 15 years of aviation law experience to the role, the last six of which have been spent as senior legal counsel with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Geneva. He has been IATA’s director of aviation environment since November 2013 and will split his time between IATA and ATAG.

“Aviation is a fascinating, vibrant and incredibly valuable industry. The work that ATAG has done to highlight the important role aviation plays simply goes to underscore the message we must send to governments – we can help support the economy, society and tourism whilst growing sustainably. We remain committed as an industry to work in partnership with governments to achieve this.

"ATAG has a unique ability to bring together leaders of the various partners across the sector on sustainability issues. This is something few other industries can achieve and it will be a powerful tool in developing future sustainability plans.”