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Nathan Stower Appointed As New BATA Chief Executive

June 12th, 2014

Nathan Stower has been appointed as Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), the trade body representing UK-registered airlines.

Nathan will join BATA on 18 August. He is currently Head of Public Affairs at the Association of Train Operating Companies and was previously Parliamentary and External Affairs Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways. He will take over from Simon Buck, who is retiring.

Barry Humphreys, Chairman of BATA, commented: “I am delighted that Nathan has agreed to join BATA and lead the organisation over the coming years. There is no shortage of challenges facing UK airlines and I have no doubt that Nathan will be able to play a leading role in meeting them and taking BATA to a new level.

“I would like to thank Simon for his hard work and successful leadership over the past four years. The appointment of a new Chief Executive presents the opportunity to review objectives and launch fresh initiatives and I very much look forward to working with Nathan going forward.”

Nathan Stower added: “It’s a huge privilege to represent Britain’s airlines, which are widely recognised as among the best in the world. Passengers, businesses and the British economy must continue to benefit from our competitive, dynamic and innovative sector.

“With a range of crucial political and regulatory issues affecting our members up for discussion and decision over the next few years, now is an important time for the sector to talk passionately about its existing contribution and future ambitions. I look forward to building on Simon’s achievements and working with our members, the BATA team, stakeholders and the wider aviation industry to help support a growing and vibrant airline sector.”