Chew Selected as COO of FAA
WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced
that Russell G. Chew has been selected to serve as Chief Operating
(COO) of the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation
Chew will play a key role in Secretary Mineta and FAA Administrator
Blakey's plans to shape the FAA into a more business-like organization
operates to strict performance measures. As COO, Chew will oversee the
operational and financial performance of the air traffic control system
the FAA's research and acquisition programs. Chew is scheduled to
new position on Aug. 1, 2003.
"Establishing the COO position is an important step forward in
air traffic control system that is not only the safest, but is also a
of efficiency and cost effectiveness," said Secretary Mineta.
rightly expect results and accountability in operating our nation's
transportation infrastructure, and I am confident that Russ is the right
person to help accomplish this in aviation."
Chew comes to the FAA with nearly two decades of broad aviation industry
experience at American Airlines, where he served as a line-qualified
captain, managing director of the airline's strategic operations
and as manager of technical flight operations and systems support
technologies. In his latest position as managing director of system
operations control, Chew has been responsible for directing the
day-to-day operations at American's central control center.
"Filling the COO position has been one of my top priorities, and
pleased to have a person of Russ' caliber join the FAA," said
Blakey. "His strong experience at the strategic and
operations level will
help advance our performance within the air traffic control
The COO position has its roots in Secretary Mineta's leadership of the
National Civil Aviation Review Commission of 1997. Among the
recommendations was the creation of a performance-based organization for
nation's air traffic control system, with operational and financial
managed by a COO. The Commission's recommendation was further
the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st
(AIR-21) enacted in 2000.
"This is an exciting opportunity to work with the FAA team and
bring even greater benefits to the flying public," said Chew.
by Secretary Mineta and Administrator Blakey's confidence and I look
to taking on this important role."
Chew has served on many aviation industry committees in support of
airspace modernization and is currently vice chairman of the Radio
Commission for Aeronautics' Free Flight Steering Committee. He also
on the board of directors of Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC,)
chairman of ATN Systems, Inc. He attended Stanford University for his
undergraduate studies and completed his doctoral studies at the
of Southern California, Los Angeles.
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