MIAMI, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- ALTA (formerly AITAL), the Latin American Air Transport Association, and leading executive search firm Spencer Stuart today issued a final call for nominations for the Third Annual Federico Bloch Award, to be given Nov. 30, 2006, at the ALTA Latin American Airline Leaders Forum in Cancun, Mexico. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement and integration of the commercial aviation industry in Latin America. It is awarded to an individual who launches a successful new business; builds cooperation across the region; introduces progressive business practices; supports the growth of the industry through creating conditions for success, or someone who goes beyond the call of duty to advance the interests of the aviation industry in Latin America. Nominations will be judged by an independent five-member panel with the support of Spencer Stuart, which assisted with the creation of and sponsors the award. The award is in honor of Federico Bloch, who was a pioneer in Latin American aviation and the driving force behind the creation of Grupo TACA, a group of five airlines in Central America. Bloch, who was a past president of ALTA and a member of its Executive Committee, died in 2004. Nominations are due Aug. 1 and should be written on one page, with the specific reason for the nomination and background on the individual. Nominations should be sent via e-mail to Michael Bell at Spencer Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org . All entries must be signed and received by Aug. 1. Previous winners were GOL CEO Constantino de Oliviera Jr. and LAN CEO Enrique Cueto. "This award honors one of the most influential leaders in Latin American aviation history and a friend to many who saw his passion, perseverance and dedication to opening up new frontiers for Central America," said ALTA President Pedro Heilbron. About ALTA ALTA (formerly AITAL), http://www.alta.aero , was founded in 1980 as a non-profit airline association and currently includes 29 member airlines. Its member carriers have total revenue of more than $13 billion, operate more than 600 aircraft and employ more than 70,000 workers in Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Cuba, Cayman Islands and in other nations the airlines serve. Member Airlines: Aeromexico, Aeropostal, AeroRepublica, Aerosur, Aires, Aserca Airlines, Avianca, Caribbean Star, Caribbean Sun, Cayman Airways, Cielos Airlines, Click, Copa Airlines, Cubana, GOL, LAB, LAN, LanEcuador, LanPeru, Mexicana, Pluna, Santa Barbara Airlines, Sky Airline, TACA, TACA Peru, TAM, TAM Mercosur, TAME and Varig. In addition, ALTA includes three Associate Airlines - Air Canada, Iberia and UPS. About Spencer Stuart Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. Privately held since 1956, Spencer Stuart applies its extensive knowledge of industries, functions and talent to advise select clients - ranging from major multinationals to emerging companies to nonprofit organizations - and address their leadership requirements. Through 50 offices in more than 25 countries and a broad range of practice groups, Spencer Stuart consultants focus on senior-level executive search, board director appointments, succession planning and in-depth senior executive management assessments. For more information on Spencer Stuart, please visit http://www.spencerstuart.com .
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