FAA Administrator Marion
C. Blakey and the FAA’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Russell
Chew have named the following key executives to head up the service
units within the agency’s new Air Traffic Organization
Charles E. Keegan, vice president of En Route and Oceanic
Services; David Bruce Johnson, vice president of Terminal Services;
James H. Washington, vice president of Flight Services; Linda M.
Schuessler, vice president of System Operations; Steven Zaidman,
vice president of Technical Operations; Steven J. Brown, vice
president of Operations Planning; Dennis DeGaetano, vice president
of Acquisition & Business Services; and Peter Challan, vice
president of ATO Transition.
“The title, ‘vice president,’ matches the
performance expectations for these executives,” said Blakey.
“This team will bring a business-like focus to running their
respective service units and will be held accountable for
“We are putting in place a highly talented and dedicated
leadership team that understands the operational and technical
aspects of their services,” said Chew. “The ATO’s
lean and simple customer-based structure, supported by solid
financial management practices, will give them the opportunity to
excel in improving the value of our services to customers, now and
into the future.”
SecTrans Mineta announced the first phase of establishing the
ATO on Tuesday. The ATO will consolidate the FAA’s air
traffic services, research and acquisition, and Free Flight Program
activities into a leaner, more efficient organization with a strict
focus on providing the best service for the best value to aviation
and the traveling public.
To ensure the highest level of
safety, Peter Challan, in his new position as vice president of ATO
Transition, will be responsible for maintaining the safety of the
current system on a day-to-day basis, while directing the wide
variety of activities and efforts associated with establishing the
Air Traffic Organization. He will serve as the principal advisor to
the COO on the full range of issues related to transitioning to the
ATO from the previous organizational structure. Challan formerly
served as the FAA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Air
Traffic Services and has been with the FAA since 1969.
- Charles Keegan will be responsible for the delivery of all en
route air traffic services to the customer, including
implementation of new capabilities; as well as the oceanic airspace
services delegated to the FAA by the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO). Keegan formerly served as Associate
Administrator for Research and Acquisitions and has been with the
FAA since 1979.
- Bruce Johnson will be responsible for the delivery of all
terminal air traffic services to the customer, including
implementation of new capabilities. Johnson formerly served as
Director, Air Traffic Service, and has been with the FAA since
- James Washington will be responsible for delivery of all flight
advisory services to the customer, including implementation of new
capabilities, in the flight service station program. Washington
formerly served as Director, Air Traffic System Requirements
Service, and has been with the FAA since 1978.
- Linda Schuessler will be responsible for the coordinating
traffic flow for all day-to-day en route and terminal operations of
the air traffic control system. Schuessler formerly served as
Deputy Director, Air Traffic Service, and has been with the FAA
- Steve Zaidman will be responsible for the delivery of
navigation services to the customer, as well as communication and
maintenance support services to the operating service units.
Zaidman formerly served as Director, Airway Facilities, and has
been with the FAA since 1968.
- Steve Brown will be responsible for the strategic planning and
operating performance for the ATO, as well supervising the work of
the chief architect of the National Airspace System, chief
scientist for research and development, and international
operations liaison. Brown formerly served as Associate
Administrator for Air Traffic Services and has been with the FAA
- Dennis DeGaetano will be the acquisition executive responsible
for ATO policies in acquisition contracting and shared business
services, including information technology, human and labor
relations, and legal services. DeGaetano formerly served as Deputy
Associate Administrator for Research and Acquisitions and has been
with the FAA since 1970.
All of the new ATO executives will retain their current FAA
operational responsibilities as the organization transitions to
business operating units. The transition to this fist phase of ATO
operations is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal year
2004. Operational and support staff will be assigned to each
business unit at that time.