After 10 years at the helm of the pan-European airline association which brings together Europe’s 34 leading network airlines, Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus has ended his term. As of 1 June, Athar Husain Khan has assumed the function as acting Secretary General until a new Secretary General is presented for election by the CEOs of the Association.
“Mr Schulte-Strathaus has done a superb job in giving support to outline requirements for a healthy aviation sector for Europe”, commented Bernard Gustin, AEA Chairman and CEO of Brussels Airlines. “This was change management at its best. Now, we face a new challenge: to attract attention from politicians to the fact that aviation plays a vital role in Europe’s economy creating employment and promoting growth of European industries.”
Athar Husain Khan joined the association as airline expert in 2007, and was appointed Deputy Secretary General in 2011. He will explore ways of further improving co-operation with other airline associations, increasing the clout of the aviation sector’s dealings with European institutions, and prioritising the key issues and messages.
“We are currently in a transition phase” explained Mr Gustin. Besides Mr Husain Khan paving the way for the future, AEA is welcoming a new head of communications; Geert Sciot is Vice President Communications at Brussels Airlines, and has joined AEA as General Manager Communications. Mr Sciot is an acknowledged expert who fits perfectly well into the organisation given his airline communications background.
In order to oversee and steer the change process in the most efficient way, the CEOs of the Association’s airlines have decided to extend the term of the Chairman from one year to two, which means Bernard Gustin will stay in office until the end of next year.