Cape Air’s Markham becomes first woman to chair RAA

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has elected Cape Air president Linda Markham as its new Chair for the remaining 2014-2015 term, thus making her the first woman Chair of the nearly 40-year-old Association.

Markham replaces retiring ExpressJet president Brad Holt, while Piedmont Airlines president Steve Farrow will take over Markham’s previous board position as treasurer.

"FAA Re-authorization, NextGen, a Congressional leadership change, as well as the industry's biggest priority – pilot supply – will certainly top the RAA agenda in the coming year," commented Markham. "I am honoured by the board's vote of confidence and look forward to working with the RAA staff and membership on finding workable solutions to our current list of challenges."

RAA president Roger Cohen remarked, “All of us share in the excitement of Linda’s election as our first female Chair. Linda, all of our CEOs and airline committee members have critically important ‘day jobs’ managing our member airlines, and we deeply appreciate their personal commitment and energy towards a strong, unified RAA.”

Markham’s election came during RAA’s two-day Fall Board meeting in Washington, DC, which was also attended by the association’s Public Relations Committee and the Associate Members Council providing an opportunity to network and plan as RAA launches its next phase of its pilot supply coalition efforts with Take Flight Tomorrow and prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary during the RAA Annual Convention in Cleveland on 11-14 May 2015.

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Also at the event, Cohen thanked departing RAA senior vice-president–operations & safety, Scott Foose (right), for his 14 years of dedicated service to RAA. Foose will join industry consulting firm Beacon Management on 1 December 2014.

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