Home' Asian Aviation : AAV November 2010 Contents Andrzej Jeziorski
In the October 2010 issue of Asian Aviation, this column
revealed the names of three members of the judges' panel for our
forthcoming Aviation Awards Asia, organised in partnership
with Reed Exhibitions.
is month, we announce the remaining three industry leaders
who will ser ve on the judges' panel alongside Airser vices
Australia Chairman David Forsyth, CAPA Executive Chairman
Peter Harbison and AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman.
Joining them on the panel will be Edward M. Bolen, president
and chief executive officer of the Washington DC-based
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).
Bolen has held his current post since 7 September 2004. Prior
to joining NBAA, he spent eight years as president and CEO of
the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). He
had joined GAMA in 1995 as senior vice-president and general
counsel, and was elected to lead the group in November 1996.
Bolen was nominated by President George W Bush to serve
on the Commission on the Future of the US Aerospace
Industry. Established by Congress, the commission's
objectives were to study and make recommendations on
ways to ensure American leadership in aerospace in the 21st
century. He was also previously nominated by President Bill
Clinton to ser ve as a member of the Management Advisory
Council to the Federal Aviation Administration. He chaired
the Council from 2000 to 2004.
Bolen is now chairman of RTCA, a not-for-pro t corporation
that functions as a Federal Advisory Committee to the FAA
on matters related to communications, sur veillance, navigation
and air tra c management. He previously ser ved as RTCA's
vice-chairman. He also ser ves on the Aviation Advisory Board
of the Mitre Corporation, a federally funded research and
Also participating will be V K Mathews, founder, chairman
and chief executive o cer of the India-based IBS Group of
Companies, a provider of information technology (IT) to the
transportation, travel and logistics industries.
With a Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT
Kanpur, Mathews moved in 1981 from teaching computer
science to the IT division of Air India. ere, he played a key role
in implementing the carrier's computerised passenger services
systems world-wide. He then joined the Emirates Group, where
he contributed to the growth of the airline in various capacities
over 15 years, from 1983 to 1997. As general manager-IT of
the Emirates Group, Mathews was responsible for formulating
and implementing IT strategies for Emirates' global operations.
He founded International Business Ser vices (IBS) in 1997,
since when the company has grown from a sta of 55 to
more than 2,000-strong, with a worldwide presence. e
company's earnings have grown almost 50 percent per
annum and the current customer list of 150 includes the
world's top airlines, busiest international airports, biggest
oil and gas companies, best-known cruise lines, travel
distributors, leisure resorts and hotels.
Last but not least, the sixth member of the judges panel will be
Aerospace Forum Asia (AFA) President Martin Craigs, who is
also advisor to the Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC).
Craigs rst visited Hong Kong and Shanghai in 1980 for
Short Brothers of Belfast. Selling the company's "square"
Irish-built aircra to China was the rst of his many colourful
Well-known for his 1985-97 leadership of Saab Aircra 's Asia-
Paci c o ce in Hong Kong, Craigs' marketing team built
up regional sales of Saab's 35-60 seat airliners from just one
in Wagga Wagga to more than 70 in China, Japan, Taiwan,
Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the Marshall Islands.
In 1998, Craigs was recruited as executive vice-president, Asia
by BAE Systems for the company's venture-capital based joint
venture in Hong Kong. In 2002, he founded his own institutional
advisory company Hillcrest International, whose clients have
included AirAsia, Liberty Aerospace, e Economist Group,
Reed Exhibitions and ELFC.
Craigs is the ve-times elected president of AFA, a non-pro t
business networking, advocacy and charity fund-raising
group, of which he was a founding committee member in
1986. e sustaining sponsors are Airbus, Boeing and Cathay
Paci c Air ways.
e International Air Transport Association is also a sponsor,
relying on AFA to amplify policy issues at a political level in Asia.
AFA has attended the last three APEC Head of State/Business
Summits and also lobbies ASEAN and other regional business
forums and international bodies, where the over whelmingly
positive impact of civil aviation is not fully appreciated.
e Aviation Awards Asia will cover six categories: Full-Service
Airline ; Low-Cost Carrier ; Business Aviation; Maintenance,
Repair and Overhaul; Technolog y & Environment and Airport
of the Year. e awards ceremony will be held during the next
Asian Aerospace International Expo and Congress, taking place
on 8-10 March 2011 in Hong Kong.
e purpose of the event is to raise the pro le of the key
aviation-industry players in the Asia-Paci c market, rewarding
innovation, excellence, professionalism and best business
Entrants may nominate themselves, and must be able to show
a measurable achievement in the calendar year 2010, having
a positive e ect on the Asian aviation industry. ey should
be able to demonstrate a superior standard of products and
ser vices and have a proven track record in shaping and leading
the industry in their particular eld. Entry is free of charge with
the completion of an entry pack, available on-line or by e-mail.
Entries will be accepted starting in September, with the judges
taking into account a range of factors, including : impact on
business performance, originality, e ect on operational safety,
customer ser vice and contribution to aviation in the Asia-
Paci c region. n
Aviation Awards Asia:
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