ALTA and Spencer Stuart Announce Final Call For Entries For Annual Federico Bloch Award

Jul 20, 2006, 01:00 ET from Spencer Stuart

    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 . 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), , 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 .

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