HAI Foundation's McKay Takes Helm of WAI

 - February 18, 2020, 11:34 AM
Allison McKay new CEO of Women In Aviation International. (Photo: Mike Ullery/WAI)

Women In Aviation International (WAI) selected Allison McKay as CEO. In that role, McKay becomes only the second person to lead the organization, succeeding WAI founder Peggy Chabrian, who recently retired. In her new position, McKay will lead the strategic vision, work with the board of directors, and oversee the professional staff and daily operations for the 14,500-member organization.

She steps into the position after serving as vice president of the Helicopter Association International Foundation since 2015. There, she was deeply involved in workforce development issues. McKay also has more than 20 years of industry experience with companies such as Safran USA and B/E Aerospace.

Noting an extensive search conducted for the successor of Chabrian, WAI chair Marci Veronie said McKay’s “substantial experience in corporate philanthropy, event management, and government relations, plus her strategic thinking and long-term relationships with key industry stakeholders, established Allison as the best candidate to lead WAI into a strong future while inspiring the next generation as they enter our industry.”

Chabrian, who will attend the upcoming 31st Annual International Women in Aviation, announced her plans for retirement last year. “It’s been my pleasure and honor to serve as WAI president for the last 25 years since the organization was founded. I wish Allison all the best for continued growth and new opportunities for WAI in the next 25 years.”