The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced today that Timothy Obitts, the organization’s chief operating officer (COO), has assumed the position of president. He succeeds Gary Dempsey, who held the position for more than a year and served for six years on the association’s board of directors, including a term as chairman.
“This transition follows a succession plan set up by the board to provide continuity that best supports and benefits the membership, and we are fortunate to have worked alongside someone as devoted, connected, and knowledgeable as Gary,” said NATA board chairman Curt Castagna.
Obitts joined NATA in November 2014 as senior v-p for business and general counsel, but as the former managing partner of northern Virginia-based Gammon & Grange, he has been doing work on the organization’s behalf since 2006. He was named COO in February 2018 and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the organization.
“It is a great honor to be at the helm of an association with such a rich history and bright future,” said Obitts. “I join the board, the staff, and the members in expressing gratitude to Gary Dempsey for leveraging his extensive experience, both at the board level and as president, to help elevate the association and industry. I look forward to continuing to work with the board and our talented staff to further his legacy.”