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James C. May

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James C. May is president and chief executive officer of the Air Transport Association of America, Inc. (ATA) - the nation's oldest and largest airline trade association. May joined ATA in February 2003, and has led the association through an especially challenging time in its history.

Under his leadership, the association and its member airlines have worked diligently in a unified effort to:

  • continue to provide the world's safest form of transportation through a disciplined, analytical approach
  • illuminate the value of the airlines' contribution to global, national and local economic well-being
  • modernize the nation's antiquated air traffic control system and funding structure
  • implement meaningful solutions to address increasing airport and airspace congestion and enhance customer service
  • ensure robust aviation security while maintaining the smooth flow of commerce and minimizing inconvenience to passengers and shippers
  • emphasize the airlines' outstanding record of environmental stewardship and proactive commitment to further improve environmental performance
  • open and expand dialogue with Congress and the administration

Prior to joining ATA, May served as executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); vice president, public affairs for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of New York; directed government relations for PepsiCo, Inc; and served as vice president, public affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc.

May currently serves as co-chair of the NextGen Institute Management Council; as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the Hollings Cancer Center; and as a trustee for the United States Capitol Historical Society. As a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, May commanded an infantry company in Vietnam.

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