The Air Charter Association (ACA) has begun a search for a new CEO to replace Dave Edwards, who is stepping down to resume his commercial business activities on a full-time basis. Edwards, who maintains various consultancy interests, had taken the role of CEO part-time in 2017 to help steer the association through its rapid growth.
ACA’s membership has more than doubled since 2000, and under Edwards’s stewardship the association rebranded to reflect its widening reach. Also during that time, the association celebrated its 70th anniversary and expanded its effort to combat illegal charter.
“The Air Charter Association has taken enormous strides in how it serves and represents its global membership since Dave took on the CEO position,” said chairman Kevin Ducksbury. “He has done an outstanding job in representing our industry to governments and regulators, in helping fight illegal charter, in championing best practice, and in encouraging the next generation of talent to join our ranks.”
However, as the association has expanded, the CEO workload has increased considerably, Ducksbury added. “Dave has informed us that it’s time for him to return full time to the commercial world, and we are therefore inviting applications from suitably qualified leaders who are excited about leading the association into the next phase of its growth,” he said.
The association hopes to have in place a new CEO by year-end.