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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2023-06-12T23:46:55+03:00

Angela Gittens, President

Angela Gittens was Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World) from 2008 till 2020. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. In other previous roles, Gittens served as Vice- President, Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where she led the firm’s practice in airport business and strategic planning.

As Vice-President at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada.

Gittens is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees including the FAA Management Advisory Committee, the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Committee, the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (“the Mineta Commission”), the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways.

Eamonn BrennanVice President

Eamonn Brennan was the Director General of EUROCONTROL based in Brussels, Belgium. EUROCONTROL is an intergovern- mental European organization with 41 member States and com- prehensive agreements with two others. It manages the European Air Traffic Network handling over 11 million flights yearly and is central to the financial management of the system, which costs €10 billion annually. The organization provides a range of technical coor- dination activities, training and research support for States, Airlines, ATC Providers, Airports and Industry. In addition, it also provides ATC services for the upper airspace of the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Northern Germany amongst the busiest airspace in continental

Prior to joining EUROCONTROL, he was Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority with responsibility for the safety regulation of the fast growing civil aviation sector, providing air navigation services in Irish airspace and ATC at major airports and North Atlantic Communications. He was significantly involved in the promotion of the industry, which saw considerable growth with high levels of safety, performance, cost efficiency and expansion of services, in- vestments in technology, resources and infrastructure. He has also worked on international positions in South East Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur, in Malta and London and led the successful Airline Group bid for the first ever part privatisation of a European Air Navigation Service Provider in the UK.

Dr Kostas Iatrou, Secretary & Director General

 Dr Kostas Iatrou was appointed in 2018 as the Director General of Hermes – Air Transport Organisation.

Kostas holds a PhD in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University, is the author of the book “100 Years of Commercial Aviation” and co-author of the book “Airline Choices for the Future”.

On Thursday 8 December 2022 co-signed the formation of International Aviation Forum (IAF).

He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Air Transport Studies.

Kostas is the founder and owner of ATN – Air Transport News, President of the Air Transport Awards and founder and Honorary Member of the Hellenic Aviation Society.

In 2016 Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Mediterranean awarded to ATN and to his owner, Dr Kostas Iatrou, the International Press Award for his contribution to European Aviation.

During the 2022 Air Transport Awards on Thursday 10 February held in Ekali, Greece, Dr Kostas Iatrou, Director General of Hermes was bestowed with the 2022 Keramianakis Award of Hellenic Aviation Society for his contribution to air transport.

In 2009 he served as Deputy Mayor of Ekali, Greece.

He is married with Evgenia Votanopoulou and they have two children, George and Yiannis.

Professor Andreas Papatheodorou, Treasurer

Nick Calio, Member

 Nicholas E. Calio is president and CEO of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading passenger and cargo airlines. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and 10 million U.S. jobs. 

Under Calio’s leadership, A4A rebranded and honed its focus on being an influential voice in helping to shape legislative and regulatory policies and priorities that improve air travel for everyone. Known for his ability to build consensus, Calio focused the re-launched association on working collaboratively with airlines, labor unions, Congress and the Administration to promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry. 

Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup’s executive vice president for Global Government Affairs and a member of its senior leadership committee. 

Calio served President George W. Bush as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs from January 2001 to January 2003. As the president’s principal liaison to Congress, Calio worked closely with the leadership and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and had the primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House strategy on all legislative issues. He held the same position during the administration of President George H.W. Bush. 

Between the Bush Administrations, Calio was a partner at O’Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm he co-founded in 1993. A 1998 Fortune magazine survey of members of Congress, congressional staff, administration staff and lobbyists rated the firm as one of the “ten most powerful” in Washington. 

Mr. Calio is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ohio Wesleyan University. He has received the Excellence in Business Award from the Sons of Italy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the nation’s largest and oldest organization for people of Italian heritage; the Business Leadership Award from The Fund for American Studies; and the People Who Move America Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Mehmet T. Nane, Member

Mehmet T. Nane started his career in 1988. After holding positions in various business units at the Türkiye Emlak Bankası, Demirbank and Demir Invest until 1997, respectively; he held roles including Vice President of the Strategic Planning and Project Development department, Director of the Retail Group and General Secretary of Sabancı Holding within the Sabancı Group, which he joined in 1997, until 2005. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Teknosa between 2000 and 2005, CEO of Teknosa between 2005 and 2013 and CEO of CarrefourSA between 2013 and 2016. Mehmet T. Nane, who transferred to Pegasus Airlines in March 2016 and served as CEO for 6 years, has been working as Chairperson of the Board  of the company as of April 2023.

Mehmet T. Nane graduated from Boğaziçi University, department of International Relations, in Istanbul, in 1990. In 1993, Mehmet T. Nane received a full scholarship for his graduate degree from the department of International Banking and Finance at Heriot Watt University in Scotland. He also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Management Program in 2013. 

Mehmet T. Nane has served as Founding Chairman of Asia Pacific Retailers Federation (FAPRA), Founding Chairman of the Turkish Federation of Shopping Centers and Retailers (TAMPF), Board Member of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Retail Council, Chairman of the Board of the SEV Health and Education Foundation, and Chairman of the Association of the Harvard Business School Turkish Alumni Association. He currently holds the following positions in various Non-Governmental Organisations: Chair of the Board of Governors and Member of the Chair Committee of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Chairman of the Board of the Turkish Private Aviation Enterprises Association (TÖSHİD), Vice President of Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Civil Aviation Council, Vice President of Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TTYD), Member of the Board of Trustees and Board Member of the TOBB GS1 Turkey Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees of the SEV Health and Education Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees, Board Member of the Boğaziçi University Foundation, Substitute Member of the Board of Directors of the Service Exporters’ Association (HİB).

Mehmet T. Nane is a Founding Member of the Yanındayız Association and Women in Technology Association (WTECH), and he joined the PWN Equality Ambassadors as a part of the Manifesto of Gender Equality Supporting CEOs by Professional Women Network (PWN) Istanbul.

Mehmet T. Nane is married with 2 children.