Washington insider fills new No. 2 spot at NBAA

 - October 8, 2007, 5:11 AM

Former Air Transport Association (ATA) senior vice president Robert Warren has been named to NBAA’s newly created position of executive vice president, reporting directly to NBAA president Shelley Longmuir.

Warren will oversee the business aviation association’s departments of finance, human resources and strategic programs in addition to membership, marketing, conventions and seminars and support services.
Warren’s 30-year career spans considerable experience in aviation regulatory, security, customs and legal issues, as well as a legal career in high-ranking positions at several federal government departments and association management.

While at ATA, he also served as general counsel and corporate secretary. In that role, Warren worked on a variety of domestic and international aviation issues with the FAA, Transportation Security Administration and DOT. He also testified on behalf of the airline industry before numerous congressional committees on aviation issues.

“Today, the high-performing, integrated aviation industry is a critical force in the global marketplace,” said Longmuir. “For our members, access to airports and airspace is more critical than ever. Bob’s contributions and immediate focus on vital interests that NBAA represents for our member companies will continue to strengthen our role as the industry voice in the federal, state, local and international arenas.”

Warren’s career spans appointments to the Office of Independent Counsel, serving as special prosecutor in the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and an appointment by the first Bush Administration to serve in the third highest-ranking position in the Customs Service, where he served on a blue-ribbon panel charged with reorganizing the Customs Service in 1992.

In 1999 Warren was appointed to serve on the board of directors overseeing the Universal Air Travel Program. Between 1995 and 1997 he served as chairman of the Scheduled Airline Travel Organization, one of the 10 largest travel agencies in the nation.

Warren holds a bachelor’s degree from Hirim College in Ohio and juris doctorate from the School of Law at Vanderbilt University. He resides in Bethesda, Md., with wife Claudia Flynn and two children.

“I am pleased to join an organization with such a distinguished reputation and a clear focus on the vital role of business aviation in answering the needs of safety, security, productivity and efficiency,” said Warren.