Former FAA Administrator Replaces Director Durham
It's official, Canadian aircraft
maker Bombardier Inc. has appointed Jane Garvey to its board of
directors a former head of the FAA who was in charge during the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Bombardier is always looking out to increase (female)
representation," said company spokesman Jean-Philippe Cote. "In
this case, it happens that the skills are there, the experience is
there, so we're very happy we can in fact nominate a woman to that
position. But the skills are first."
Shareholder watchdog group Medac had proposed during
Bombardier's last annual meeting in March that one-third of the
board be women, according to The Canadian Press. Former FAA
administrator Garvey will replace Michael Durham as an independent
director. Bombardier said Durham the 55-year-old founder of
consulting firm Cognizant Associates Inc. and former American
Airlines executive had been a director since 2005.
"Her in-depth knowledge of the aviation community and expertise
in the transportation sector will be of great benefit to the
corporation," said Mr. Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. according to a company
Garvey headed the FAA in 2001, when thousands of airplanes were
grounded after terrorist's crashed aircraft into the World Trade
Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Garvey was appointed
in 1997 by former President Clinton and served until 2002 as the
first five-year term administrator of the FAA.
Garvey has also headed the Federal Highway Administration and
was director of Boston's Logan International Airport and
commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works. She
has also been a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology's Center for Transportation and Logistics.
Garvey will be one of nine independent members on the 15-member
board. This makes Garvey only the second non-family female on the
board. Jalynn Bennett served for two years until December 2004 and
company founder Joseph-Armand Bombardier's daughter Janine, 72, is
a current board member.
Bombardier is the world's third-largest maker of airliners.