Tue, Jul 07, 2009
Babbit Names David Grizzle To The Post
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has announced the appointment
of David Grizzle as the new FAA chief counsel.
"David Grizzle has top-level experience and I'm looking forward
to having him on the team," Babbitt said. "He understands the
challenges of leading a diverse, international organization, as
well as the complex interaction between governmental processes and
our ultimate stakeholders, the American people."
Grizzle comes to the FAA following a 22-year career with
Continental Airlines, Inc. From 2005 to 2008 he served as senior
vice president of customer experience, where he was charged with
developing and implementing new operating strategies and improving
product deficiencies and services. From 1986 to 2004 Grizzle served
in many other leadership positions at the airline, including senior
vice president of marketing strategy and corporate development,
where he headed up a group of 150 finance, planning, operations and
From 2004 to 2005, Grizzle was tapped by the U.S. Department of
State and took leave from Continental to serve as the
transportation and infrastructure coordinator and attaché
for the Afghanistan Reconstruction Group, Kabul, Afghanistan. In
Afghanistan, he worked with the FAA and other government
organizations to accelerate reconstruction efforts for air and
surface transportation projects as well as power, and
Prior to his career at Continental, Grizzle served as vice
president of administration and general counsel for New York Air,
Inc. from 1984 to 1986. From 1978 to 1984 he practiced law at
several New York-based law firms, including as a partner at
Kellner, Chehebar, Deveney & Grizzle from 1983 to 1984.
Grizzle is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
He is married and has three children.
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