McNamara to succeed Ambrose as ERA director general

After more than 25 years as the head of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), Director General, Mike Ambrose is to retire at the end of 2012, to be replaced by his deputy Simon McNamara (pictured).

A committee to find a successor – appointed by the ERA Board and comprising Boet Kreiken, president of KLM CityHopper, Malcolm Hart, MD of Aurigny, ERA immediate past president Antonis Simigdalas, Roland Wondolleck, the airport director at Rotterdam, and chaired by ERA vice-president Martin Isler, EVP Luxair – recommended McNamara to take up the post from the beginning of 2013. This recommendation was accepted by the board.

Ambrose took up the post in 1987 after spending more than 20 years at British Airways. His first task was to transfer ERA’s office in Geneva to the UK and then, progressively, to build ERA into the influential body that it is today.

“Mike has played a key role in defending the interests of European regional airlines and, as a result, the regions of Europe that we bring together. His hard work and investment over the last 25 years have greatly contributed to making ERA what it is today: a highly regarded association that works constantly to promote the economic, social and environmental aspects of air transport,” remarked Marc Lamidey, President of ERA. “I would like to express to him the sincere gratitude of all the members of the Association. Next year, when Simon takes over, it will be up to him to help the profession meet the challenges it faces. His qualities and his knowledge of the issues will, I am sure, enable him to champion the cause of the Association. On behalf of all the members, I wish him every success.”

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