New Members

Ida Aasgaard Rosand

Ida Aasgaard Rosand

Simonsen Vogt Wiig is a law firm with market leading expertise in aviation in Norway. We have Norway's larges team specializing in aviation law, and we are a team of attorneys who work exclusively with financing of aircraft. I have been with the firm for almost six years, and my work is almost exclusively aviation and aircraft finance related. I assist national and international airlines, leasing companies and banks with sale and purchase of aircraft, leasing and financing, as well as regulatory work towards the aviation authorities in Norway. I hold a master of laws from Bergen University in Norway, and an L.L.M from King's College London.

Alison Adams

Alison Adams

Alison is Senior Legal Counsel and Company Secretary of Airbus Operations Limited, which is the UK subsidiary of Airbus SAS ,responsible for manufacturing the wings for all Airbus aircraft. She has a wide and very varied in house legal counsel role including advising on corporate, real estate, commercial and contract law, as well as supporting the R & T and IP departments of Airbus Operations Limited the UK.

Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allen

Kimberly Allen is an associate in Steptoe’s Phoenix office, where she is a member of the Transportation/Aviation, and Insurance/Reinsurance Group. Ms. Allen concentrates her practice on litigation related to the defense of MROs, OEMs, and individuals stemming from aviation accidents and incidents, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith, and complex commercial disputes. She has successfully defended clients in trial and on motion in both Arizona state and federal courts. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running, and baking.

Carrie Bazala

Carrie Bazala

Carrie Bazala has worked for FedEx since 2001 in a variety of roles. Currently she is the Program Manager of FedEx Aerospace Solutions. She is a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) by the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. Carrie has also has earned a Certificate in International Freight Forwarding and is in the process of completing the Stanford ‐ IATA Aviation Management Certificate. She has an MBA from Robert Morris University, and Bachelor degrees in both International Business and Spanish. She resides in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA.

Suzanne Benoit

Suzanne Benoit

Suzanne M. Benoît has extensive experience in industrial development and government relations gained through her work with governments at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. She has been President of Aéro Montréal, the aerospace cluster, since its foundation in August 2006. Previously, she was the founding President and CEO of Longueuil Economic Development (DEL) and led the Foreign Investment team while Director of Investissement Québec’s Americas Division.

She held various senior executive positions with Hydro-Québec in the field of Investment Promotion, Technology Commercialization and Government and Institutional Relations. She began her career in the federal public service in Ottawa and held various management positions in Foreign Affairs and Industry Canada, where she was responsible for international industrial cooperation and the marketing of defence products in Europe and Asia.

In December 2014, the Prime Minister of Canada officially appointed Ms. Benoît as one of three representatives to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, one of the most important regional forums in the world.

Ms. Benoît is very active in the field of economic development both at the national and international level. She also serves on many boards, namely the executive committee and board of directors of the greener aircraft catalyst project (SA2GE), Sous-traitance industrielle Québec (STIQ), the Conseil Emploi Métropole, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), and the Comité sectoriel de la main-d’oeuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ).

Ms. Benoît holds a MBA from the University of Ottawa. In 2014, she completed corporate director training at McGill University as part of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program.

Vicki Benoit

Vicki Benoit

I am an experienced, customer focused airline leader. With my operational and project management background, I have a reputation for motivating and inspiring high performing cross-functional teams. These teams create memorable experiences and deliver exceptional care for customers and in doing so, for each other. I'm passionate about customer service excellence as the foundation for customer attraction, retention and for a happy and engaged workforce.

Ivelisse Boerenko

Ivelisse Boerenko

Highly motivated, versatile, resourceful business leader, expert at working with multiple cross functional teams to deliver results.

Experienced gained in various high technology manufacturing companies serving the Aerospace, Energy and Military sectors. Management functional roles include Program Management, Business Development, Research & Development, Production/Cost Reduction, and Customer Service.

Ivelisse earned her MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business in 2001 and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 1992.

Elize Bogossian

Elize Bogossian

The Multimedia Communications Centre’s Visual Communications Studio is a key resource for Air Canada’s branding and corporate visual communications standards. The studio’s resources offer cost-effective solutions by maintaining and enhancing the corporate brand imagery, and providing internal customers guidance while enforcing brand guidelines.

Jenny Buckley

Jenny Buckley

Jenny Buckley is an Associate Principal in Arup’s New York Office experienced in leading multidisciplinary teams through Design and Construction in a broad range of aviation related projects. Jenny’s recent experience includes leading a large multidisciplinary design team for the Delta Air Lines JFK Redevelopment project. As the Design Team PM she successfully managed to create a cohesive design team from the ten participating design firms and effectively managed and delivered the design of this multi phased project for Delta Air Lines.

Chloe Challinor

Chloe Challinor

Chloe is a Senior Associate in the Aviation Litigation and Regulation team of Stephenson Harwood LLP, London. She is an experienced commercial litigator who has particular expertise in the aviation sector, regularly advising clients such as airlines, aircraft manufacturers, avionics companies and aviation insurers in cases before the UK Courts and further afield. She holds an Advanced Masters in Air and Space Law (cum laude) from Leiden University, Netherlands.

Rita Cowans

Rita Cowans

Rita J. Cowans is a highly-respected business leader whose commitment to excellence is evident in her work in domestic internal audit processes, and her ability to inspire and motivate others. As a director at FedEx Services supporting FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, Rita adds value by bringing a disciplined and success-oriented approach to the audit process.
Since joining FedEx in 1992 as staff auditor, Rita has advanced in such roles as senior auditor, manager of internal audit, and to her current position as director. Her firm commitment to excellence has earned her FedEx Five Star Awards (the highest honor the company bestows on team members for outstanding achievements) and Internal Audit All-Star Team Awards.
In addition to earning a B.B.A. degree from the University of Memphis, Rita’s credentials include the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). She also holds active memberships in the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Information System Audit and Control Association, and the Association of Certified
Fraud Examiners.
Rita supports and participates in various charitable activities associated with United Way, Toys 4 Tots, Operation Feed, the March of Dimes, and the FedEx Family House which supports out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Her community support includes hands-on volunteerism as well as
financial donations. Rita has also supported FedEx’s involvement with the Black Enterprise national Women of Power Summit. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Katia De Loose

Katia De Loose

As a practicing and litigation lawyer at Brussels Bar for twelve years in a Brussels well known aviation department and as an in-house counsel for the airline company BRUSSELS AIRLINES in their headquarters in Brussels, I developed over the year’s strong in-house counsel skills and accompanied my clients for years along within their business-culture and objectives. My loyalty and passion made me develop an extended knowledge in the theoretical but also more practical fields of the aviation and travel business in general as well as the negotiations and finalizing of diverse and high-ranked commercial contracts. I achieved well rounded experience, drafting and reviewing of diverse high-ranked legal, commercial and supply agreements, negotiation and transaction support in various matters like aircraft leasing, maintenance agreement, code share and charter agreements, airport operations and ground handling agreements, commercial practices, consumer rights, customer care management, passenger and cargo liability, aviation insurance, drafting of internal documents and regulations, reviewing the website legal content and emergency response to firm wide challenges. Under the supervision of Mr. Marc Godfroid, I also had the privilege to defend airline companies and airports in high-ranked and highly mediated litigation cases. As an in-house counsel at Brussels airlines, I advised on commercial and trade practices, regulatory matters, legality of air transport documents, general conditions of carriage, interline agreements and code-share agreements, leasing contracts, insurance and regulatory issues, EU passenger’s rights and consumer protection issues and litigation, general commercial practices, and on set-ups of airline subsidiaries in Africa and more.

Anna Garahan

Anna Garahan

Anna Garahan is JetBlue's Manager of Product Development, focusing on development of Aircraft Interiors fleet-wide. She has an MBA from The Wharton School and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA. Prior to joining JetBlue, Anna was a member of L.E.K. Consulting's Aviation practice based in Boston, MA. Prior positions include an MBA internship at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Sales & Marketing Operations, and 5 years at Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Systems Engineer in the Missile Defense Division performing radar data analysis of long-range ICBMs and NASA's Space Shuttle program.

Amandine Gicquel-Leduc

Amandine Gicquel-Leduc

Ms. Amandine Gicquel-Leduc was appointed IATA’s Aviation Solutions Manager for Canada and Bermuda, based in Montreal, in August 2013. In this role she is primarily responsible for partnering for mutual benefit and for promoting IATA’s marketing and commercial products and services. She also manages industry campaigns, is the secretariat for local industry governance forums and supports the Area Manager in advocating industry positions to national governments and regulatory authorities. From 2009 to 2013, Amandine was the Assistant Manager - Weblink and iiNET for IATA’s Financial and Distribution Services division where she was responsible for customer relations. Amandine first joined IATA in 2006 in Geneva as a Business Analyst for Airs@t, an airline bench-marking survey on passenger satisfaction within the Marketing and Commercial Services division. Amandine holds a Masters in Air Transport Management from the French Civil Aviation School ENAC in Toulouse, France (2005). Before that she graduated in International Commerce with a major in Marketing from the Business School ISEG in Lille and Toulouse, France (2001-2004). From 1999 to 2011 she studied English at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France. Amandine is 36 years old and is married. She speaks French and English fluently and is learning Spanish. She loves running, painting and sewing, and likes to socialize.

Further to having been a ballet dancer since her early childhood years she learnt modern jazz, contemporary dance, Zumba and belly dance. Her motto is and will remain: “Smile to life and life will smile back at you”.

Marva Gordon

Marva Gordon

FINDS extreme satisfied and happy when the sound advice she provides, based on thorough and timely review, research and analysis, brings resolution to issues of her clients/employer, and or when the assets, resources, interests, standards and reputation of her employers or clients are safeguarded. She considers it a privilege to have served and still serving the Jamaican economy as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority. In that organisation, she is making significant contribution to establishment of laws, policies, procedures and programmes relevant for the country to meet its obligations under the ICAO Annexes. Is presently employed in protecting the partners in the civil aviation industry which operate on, to, from and within the island state of Jamaica. Since being called to the Bar in 1990 she has also been employed in the private commercial sector (manufacturing, sales and tourism), at the private bar and the government’s industry-development bank. She has also worked in private commercial banking and export promotions.

Kristy Harris

Kristy Harris

Kristy has over 15 years of aviation experience in both risk management and underwriting. Kristy joined Southwest Airlines in 2008 and currently leads a team of risk and claims professionals. She actively manages the airline’s multi-billion dollar, worldwide insurance and surety program.

Before joining the airline and becoming a procurer of insurance, she worked as a broker for Falcon Insurance and as a corporate underwriter for Old Republic Aerospace. Kristy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently working on her MBA through Liberty University. In 2016, she was nominated as one of Risk & Insurance magazine’s Risk All Stars. In her spare time, she enjoys flying and spending time with her family.

Erika Jacinto

Erika Jacinto

Multilingual (French, English, Spanish) marketing communications professional with extensive experience in aerospace and non-profit industries. Demonstrated success in worldwide event marketing and management, marketing communications (regional, national, and international), change management, and customer support.

Articulate communicator skilled in delivering insightful presentations and strengthening relationships with customers, business partners and senior leadership. Energetic, tenacious, results-driven, experienced trainer, coach, and workshop leader.

Anne Lefever

Anne Lefever

Anne Lefever is counsel in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s New York office, where she is a member of the firm’s litigation group. Ms. Lefever regularly represents aircraft manufacturers, lessors, and airlines in disputes arising out of the design, build, sale, and financing of commercial and business aircraft. Ms. Lefever graduated with great distinction from McGill University with degrees in both civil and common law. Ms. Lefever is fluent in French.

Alicia Lines

Alicia Lines

Ms. Lines is a graduate in Business Administration & Marketing who started her career in travel and tourism in a family business responsible for sales and marketing for Alamo, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels in Costa Rica. Alicia joined IATA IN 2001 after moving to the Dominican Republic as IATA BSP Coordinator, she later became Country Manager for the Western Caribbean region, looking after Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, The Cayman Islands and Cuba. During that tenure she was also a Regional Project Manager for the Americas for the Simplifying the Business project which abolished paper tickets, implemented bar coded boarding passes among other passenger experience technological enhancements. For the last three years, she has served as Head of IATA Regional Vice- President’s Office coordinating IATA’s strategy and allocating resources for the America’s.

Allison Maas

Allison Maas

GE Aviation - GE90 & GE9X Marketing Manager Create and deliver value sells, pricing targets, and business cases for internal and external customers. Develop strategy for new engine sales, new and extended services contracts, engine upgrades and operator transitions.

Suzi MacMahon

Suzi MacMahon

I hold the position of VP Compliance & AML Leader with GECAS (GE Capital Aviation Services) having joined the aviation industry in 2012. I currently manage a team of eight and responsibilities include managing the AML program, drafting procedures, designing and delivering training and providing compliance guidance to the business. Prior to GECAS I was a Risk Manager with Bank of Scotland (Ireland). I hold a Bachelor of Business, GMIT Galway, I have a Professional Certificate in Compliance and I am a certified Anti-money laundering specialist. I am based in Shannon, Ireland.

Aileen Madden

Aileen Madden

Aileen Madden, CPA-CA, CIA, CRMA is Head of Corporate Audit & Advisory at Air Canada and leads the Audit, Risk & Compliance department, responsible for the provision of internal audit and risk management services, including the administration of the Company’s confidential Ethics Hotline. Aileen is a Chartered Accountant (CPA - CA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and also has her Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Prior to joining Air Canada in 2009, Aileen's career spanned 17 years with Deloitte in three different service lines (Audit & Assurance, Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management) and two different countries (Canada and the UK). Aileen serves as Treasurer on the Board of Winnipeg Harvest and is a member of the Management Council of Legal Aid Manitoba. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two daughters, but is often at Air Canada’s headquarters in Montreal where half her team is located.

Julie Mailhot

Julie Mailhot

Ms. Mailhot oversees all aspects of Air Georgian’s operations including flight operations, maintenance, customer service, safety, security, reliability and efficiency. Her prior experience was with one of Canada’s biggest airlines, Air Canada, where she filled the role of Director of Facility Optimization Programs. In this function she was pivotal in leading different major company projects under IT and CRE for the new wide body hangar in YYZ and the Hot Site for OC. Prior to this role, she served as Director of International Operations and Customer Service where she ultimately oversaw and supported 71 international stations and call centers, as well as all aspects of customer relations. Ms. Mailhot comes from a long line of successful roles with Air Canada including Director of Aeronautical Support and Director of Operations Systems Operations Control. She was a member of IATA and Chair for the Regional Coordinating Group for Safety, Operations and Infrastructure for the Latin America and Caribbean regions and a committee member for the Customer Experience Board (CEB) for Star Alliance. Ms. Mailhot is a recipient of the Art of Excellence 20th Edition and proudly serves as the Vice-President for Dreams Take Flight and is a member of the Special Assistance Team for Air Canada. She’s also a passionate ambassador for the Air Canada Foundation. Julie holds a BA from Concordia University.

Auriol Marasco

Auriol Marasco

Auriol is an aviation lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, which boasts Canada’s largest aviation law practice. Auriol’s practice focuses principally on aviation commercial and regulatory matters. She has advised clients on matters relating to aircraft finance, aviation M&A, the operation and certification of unmanned air vehicles (drones), airline restructuring and insolvency, aircraft repossession, airport privatization, airline and pilot licensing and conflict of laws issues. Auriol gained industry experience while working for a Canadian airline in the operations, contracts, marketing and maintenance departments. Auriol is the secretary of the Aviation Working Group – Canada Contact Group, an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Air and Space Law Section, as well as a member of Women in Aviation and Women in Aerospace. She is also a commercial multi-IFR (instrument flight rules) pilot. Auriol is also on the Board of Directors for Hope Air, a not-for-profit organization that provides air transportation for Canadians requiring access to medical resources, and a guest lecturer for the Commercial Aviation Management program at Western University in London, Ontario. Auriol was awarded a scholarship from the International Bar Association Aviation Committee for her paper providing an analysis of the consequences of mandatory consumer protection legislation in the aviation industry and was recently named one of Wings magazine's “Top 20 Under 40” in the aviation industry. She has been ranked in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Aviation Lawyers and has been designated as an “Aviation Rising Star” in Canada.

Barbara Marrin

Barbara Marrin

Barbara Marrin is an aviation attorney in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on aviation regulatory matters, including, but not limited to, advising U.S. and foreign air carriers as well as ticket agents on compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and other Federal agencies relating to the operation and sale of air transportation. Immediately prior to joining Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger, Ms. Marrin was a senior trial attorney with DOT’s Office of Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings in the Office of General Counsel.

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler

Arielle Meloul-Wechsler is Vice President, Human Resources at Air Canada where she has overall responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources, Labour Relations, Customer Service training and Management Training and Development globally for the airline. Prior to joining HR, Arielle was Assistant General Counsel and Director of Legal Services. She is on the Board of Directors of the Airline Personnel Directors Counsel, is a Member of the Conseil du Patronnat and sits on the Management Pension Committee of Air Canada.

Emilie Mezi

Emilie Mezi

Passionate about aviation, I specialized very earlier in my academic choices. Having obtained a master in aviation business law followed by an LL.M in air and space law, my first years of experience in the industry were strictly regulatory (public organizations and government). Those very exciting and useful years that allowed me to participate and have a good understanding of the regulatory scheme of the industry gave me the envy to go discover from the inside the manufacturers' functioning and the business issues. After having worked a few months as aviation claims handler, I have recently joined a spatial company as contract manager, Sodern, an Airbus Safran Launchers company. In parallel, I have been an external lecturer for years at Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile for international private aviation law course. I am keen of attending workshop and any kind of events that give the opportunity to meet and exchange with passionate experts from around the around the world.

Deborah Ostreicher

Deborah Ostreicher

Deborah has been with Sky Harbor since 1996 and was appointed Assistant Aviation Director in 2015. In this role she oversees the Air Service Development, Government Relations, Community Outreach, Planning, Environmental and Public Relations departments. Deborah serves on a variety of community and industry boards and is currently the incoming Chair of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, Chair of the Tempe Tourism Office and Emeritus board member of New Pathways for Youth. She is also an active volunteer for the Phoenix Homeless Children Mentor Program.

In 2012, she won the highly-coveted Athena Award for excellence in business, mentoring and community outreach and in 2013 received the National Child Labor Committee’s Lewis Hine award for work with children. Prior to joining the airport, Deborah spent a decade working in Europe and the Middle East, holding positions that included Marketing Director for MicroAge Computers Central Europe and Marketing Manager for Prince Charles in London. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland and her MBA in International Business from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Sibylle Paehler

Sibylle Paehler

I am a Managing Director responsible for Aviation at Doric GmbH. Doric GmbH is a structured lessor based in Germany, the UK and US managing a portfolio of 45 aircraft with an asset volume in excess of USD 7 bn. Investor structures include London Stock Exchange listed funds as well as Luxembourg securitization vehicles for financing of aircraft. Lessees include names like Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Air Asia as well as Norwegian. I worked in a leading role in setting up those transactions.

Barbara Pailles Mejia

Barbara Pailles Mejia

Barbara Mejia has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. Ms. Mejia has been working for ICF since June 2006 and has been engaged in strategic business planning and route network planning for a variety of clients around the world. Prior to ICF, Barbara worked in Route Network Planning for AeroMexico Airlines from 1995 to 2005, developing route business cases for domestic and international routes, fleet planning and coordinating the implementation team for SABRE Scheduling Planning Models. Her current clients include major carriers and airports around the world such as Etihad, SN Brussels, Air India, Caribbean Airlines, Go Air, GOL Brazil, Gulf Air, LAN, Copa Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, DBJ – Japan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Group, Atlanta Airport, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico among others.

Josephine Pietracupa

Josephine Pietracupa

Josephine joined Air Canada in 1997 and has been with the Corporate Real Estate team ever since. She has transitioned through the team gaining experience in managing construction projects, negotiating leases and in her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the leasing portfolio worldwide while managing the relationships with the airport authorities. Josephine also Chairs the Airline Consultative Committees for Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver and sits on IATA's "Airport Working Group" committee. Josephine was born in Montreal, Quebec.

Leslie Quinton

Leslie Quinton

Leslie Quinton is Vice President, Corporate Communications at Air Canada. She has oversight for all aspects of the company’s corporate and employee communications, corporate image and positioning, social media, and the airline's Corporate Sustainability Report and oversees the Air Canada Foundation, including community investments. A skilled corporate communications professional, Leslie held senior roles in global strategic communications, stakeholder relations, corporate social responsibility, internal communications, and issues, crisis and brand management prior to joining Air Canada. She was previously Senior Vice-President, Global Corporate Communications at SNC-Lavalin, where she was responsible for all global aspects of reputation management, strategic communications, media and public relations, crisis and issues management and related strategies. She worked in corporation and PR firms taught public relations and corporate communications at McGill University for eight years. Leslie is involved in several non-profit organizations as a board member and as a volunteer. She is a frequent guest speaker, lecturer and columnist, and has won multiple awards for communications and philanthropic leadership. Leslie studied humanities at Concordia University.

Keren Rambow

Keren Rambow

I have more than 27 years of experience in the aerospace industry having worked in defence, small and large business. I served 15 years in the RAAF as an Avionics engineer working on the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. I had many roles from design engineer, SPO experience and served two years on exchange with the USMC. Together with my husband Eric we started our own Aerospace Business, Pacific Aerospace Consulting (PAC), headquartered in San Diego USA with secondary offices in Australia. PAC provides defence services to the ADF and US DoD and continues to be run by my husband. I joined GE Aviation in April 2016 in the position of Sales Director for Commercial Engines and Services Sales in the South Asia Pacific region. In this role I manage assigned accounts including Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express and Fiji Airways, leads customer teams and conduct sales campaigns. I am a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, Australia. I hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales (ADFA), a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) Degree from University of Newcastle, Australia and an MBA from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.

Amanda Sarginson

Amanda Sarginson

Amanda has extensive experience assisting employers, including fixed wing, rotary and flight schools, in hiring and terminating employees, drafting policy manuals, defending human rights applications, conducting investigations and representing the employer at mediation, arbitration and collective bargaining. She has appeared before a Coroner’s Inquest, Human Rights Tribunal/Commission both federally and provincially, Small Claims Court, and the Superior Court and is a frequent guest speaker at various industry conferences, including HAC, NATA and ATAC.

Ruby Sayyed

Ruby Sayyed

Ruby Sayyed is Head, Air Traffic Management (ATM) Advocacy at IATA Headquarters, based in Montreal, Canada. Within her role, she leads the development and the advocacy of global ATM positions and policies in in close cooperation with member airlines, aviation regulators, airports, air navigation service providers, and international organizations. Prior to moving to the headquarters, Ruby worked at the IATA Regional Office as the Assistant Director Safety & Flight Operations. Within her role in the region she was leading the implementation of all regional initiatives under the areas of safety, ATM, and flight operations, and she was representing the interests of member airlines in all ICAO regional meetings and groups. Prior to joining IATA she worked for three airlines located in Jordan; Royal Jordanian Airlines, Jordan Aviation, and Royal Falcon Airlines. During her career she was in charge of Technical Handling/Technical Training at Royal Jordanian Airlines, Manager Contracts at Jordan Aviation, and Director Planning & Safety at Royal Falcon Airlines. In her roles previous to IATA, she was involved in establishment of policies and procedures, oversight of implementation of required standards, audits, and inspections within the organizations she worked for. During the early years of her career at Royal Jordanian Airlines she worked at the Line Maintenance part of the Maintenance and Engineering Department where she gained experience for aircraft line maintenance and daily maintenance control.

Kathryn Thomson

Kathryn Thomson

Katie Thomson is chair of the firm’s Transportation Industry Group and is focused on meeting the increasingly sophisticated needs of our transportation and technology clients, which range from regulatory, enforcement, and compliance matters to mlitigation, government contracts, and cyber security issues. Before joining MoFo, Katie played a pivotal role in shaping national transportation law and policy as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and as chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

From May 2013 to July 2016, Katie held the position of general counsel at the DOT, where she worked on developing the regulatory frameworks for autonomous vehicles, vehicle emissions, and unmanned aircraft. She had overall responsibility for the DOT’s twelve subordinate agencies, including the FAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

During her tenure as chief counsel of the FAA (January 2012 to May 2014), Katie helped shape regulation and policy on the integration of commercial unmanned aircraft (drones) in the U.S. airspace, including managing privacy and cyber security issues, and advancing the FAA’s overall safety priorities in the wake of controversies involving air traffic controllers and other high-profile FAA regulatory and enforcement matters.
From April 2009 to January 2012, Katie served as principal advisor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on energy, climate, and environmental matters. During that time, she worked closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the White House, and a diverse group of stakeholders on the development and implementation of historic joint fuel economy/greenhouse gas emission standards for light-duty cars and trucks and commercial trucks.

Throughout her time at the DOT, Katie was the point person on interagency initiatives coordinated by the White House. She advised senior leadership on how to respond to crises and emergency situations, including the Asiana Airlines airplane crash in San Francisco and the DOT’s decision to temporarily ground the Boeing Dreamliner.

Before joining the government in 2009, Katie was in private practice for 19 years in Washington, D.C., advising clients on civil and criminal litigation matters, compliance issues, and regulatory advocacy, with a particular focus on energy generation and
hazardous materials transportation issues.

Helen Wu

Helen Wu

Helen is an advertising, intellectual property and social media lawyer at JetBlue. Her primary areas of expertise are in advertising law, social media platforms, trademarks and copyright, global privacy and commercial contracts. She has regularly advised on legal issues related to social media including use of user-generated content, mobile marketing, rights of publicity, influencers and bloggers, social media platform's terms of use and privacy policies, sweepstakes and promotions on Facebook, Twitter (@MsHelenWu), Pinterest and Instagram. Helen completed her law degree in Sydney, Australia where she is admitted to practice as well as being licensed to practice in New York. She has extensive experience as an Advertising and Marketing counsel having previously worked at MRY, a digital advertising agency based in New York as well as experience in the travel industry within the legal team at Orbitz.com in Sydney. Prior to that she was a contracts and litigation lawyer at DLA Piper. She loves all things digital
and social media and when not online, she's onboard a JetBlue plane traveling the world.