CEO Panel at AvNews' 14th International Airline CEO Conference Tackles Tough Topics for Latin American Aviation Industry

Apr 18, 2006, 01:00 ET from Spencer Stuart

    MIAMI, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Spencer Stuart, the international
 executive search consulting firm, is honored to play an important role in
 the AvNews 14th Annual International Airline CEO Conference by hosting the
 event's CEO Dialogue. A highlight of the conference, CEO Dialogue brings
 together prominent airline CEOs from Latin America and the Caribbean in an
 engaging talk show format to explore key industry issues. Among the issues
 to be discussed are the ongoing emergence of low-cost carriers in the
 region, pan-regional airline alliances and groupings, and regulatory issues
 related to regional open skies. For the second year in a row, Spencer
 Stuart consultant Michael Bell is serving as moderator of CEO Dialogue.
     "The 2005 debate among our CEO panelists was very lively. Since then,
 the issues facing many airlines in the region only have become more
 challenging, so we expect some great discussion at this year's CEO
 Dialogue," said Bell, leader of Spencer Stuart's global Aviation, Aerospace
 & Defense Practice. The session is scheduled for May 1, from 3:30 p.m. to
 5:30 p.m., at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida.
      Confirmed participants in the CEO Dialogue include:
      William "Skip" Barnette, CEO, Caribbean Sun Airlines
      Michael Conway, CEO, Air Jamaica
      Peter Davies, CEO, BWIA
      Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines
      Frederik Jacobsen, former CEO, Tampa Cargo
      Roberto Kriete, CEO, Grupo TACA
      Emilio Romano, CEO, Mexicana
     "Last year, we talked about the emergence of GOL as a game-changer in
 the domestic Brazilian airline scene. This year, several Latin American
 countries -- notably Mexico -- have become hotbeds of low-cost carrier
 activity. In the meantime, certain legacy carriers in the region continue
 to struggle, while others are changing their strategies to play by the new
 rules of the game. Our panelists will have plenty to talk about," Bell
     The 14th Annual International Airline CEO Conference will be held April
 30 to May 2, 2006, at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida. The
 theme of this year's conference is "The Glass is Half Full," featuring some
 of the positive developments underway in the Latin American aviation and
 tourism markets.
     About AvNews' 14th International Airline CEO Conference
     AvNews, Latin America & Caribbean, is the premier newsletter in the
 region and is now in its 15th year of continuous publication. It is highly
 respected and read by airline CEOs and key decision makers in more than 50
 countries. AvNews provides invaluable insight and information in a format
 that covers everything from aircraft transactions to tourism. AvNews is the
 source for late breaking industry news in the fastest growing aviation
 market in the world... Latin America. It is widely read because of its
 insightful reporting and has broken many stories ahead of the competition.
     Admission to the conference is open to all AvNews Latin America and
 Caribbean subscribers. For subscription information, visit and for detailed program information and to
 register for the conference, visit , or call
 305-876-9339. Attendees may subscribe and register on site if space is
     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 .
     Spencer Stuart's Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Practice
     Spencer Stuart's Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Practice has completed
 more than 800 senior-level executive searches and board director
 appointments during the past 10 years for aviation, aerospace and defense
 companies around the world. Consultants in the practice offer expertise in
 the following sectors:
      -- Aerospace
      -- Aerospace Services
      -- Airlines
      -- Airports
      -- Associations
      -- Aviation-Related Services
      -- Defense

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