NEW YORK, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- In March 2006 Joe Leonard, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary,
AirTran Airways, Inc., took on a new role as The Wings Club's 64th
As Wings Club President Mr. Leonard will focus on both augmenting the
benefits of Club membership and increasing overall Club membership.
Demonstrating the importance of membership value, in his first few weeks in
office, he formed an ad hoc Strategic Planning Committee to develop some
recommendations for enhancing it. Mr. Leonard also supports scholarship
funding and will work to attract prominent luncheon speakers with timely
messages of interest to the Club.
A 30-year veteran of the commercial air transport industry, Mr. Leonard
is currently the Chairman and CEO of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and AirTran
Airways, Inc., a position he has held since 1999, when he joined the
company. Before that move, he served as President and CEO of AlliedSignal,
Inc.'s aerospace marketing, sales and service organization. He joined
AlliedSignal in September 1993 to head marketing, sales and service where
he was credited with improving customer satisfaction for the aerospace unit
and leading growth strategy for the company. He was also a Senior Vice
President of AlliedSignal, Inc. and a member of the corporation's Executive
Prior to joining AlliedSignal, Mr. Leonard held a wide range of
executive positions. These included Chief Operating Officer for Eastern Air
Lines as well as a number of key management positions at American Airlines,
Northwest Airlines and the Boeing Company.
In addition to his responsibilities at The Wings Club, which also
includes serving his second three-year term on the Club's Board of
Governors, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber
of Commerce, The Commerce Club and Walter Industries, Inc. He is the
recipient of the 2006 Tony Jannus Award. Mr. Leonard, who resides in
Orlando, Florida, received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering
from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
The Wings Club was founded in 1942 and is a private membership club.
Dedicated to preserve the history and perpetuate the traditions of aviation
while providing a forum for discussion and debate on aeronautical and
aviation issues, Club members include industry leaders, management, pilots
and professionals in related service organizations. As the premiere
international aviation club, The Wings Club recognizes and honors people
and the significant achievements that contribute to the advancement of
aeronautical and aviation matters through its Distinguished Achievement
Award and Distinguished Scholar Awards.
Continuing the Club's tradition of providing an important forum for
discussion and debate on aeronautical issues of the day throughout the year
The Wings Club hosts Aviation Leader Series Luncheons including keynote
speeches by industry leaders. Upcoming 2006 speakers include: Scott
Donnelly, President and CEO, GE Aviation; Mauricio Botelho, President and
CEO, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.; Oliver Foot, President and Executive
Director, ORBIS International; and Bill Ayer, Chairman, CEO and President,
Alaska Airlines. Celebrating the aviation industry, each year the Club also
hosts its annual Dinner-Dance. The Wings Club's 64th Annual Dinner-Dance
will take place on October 27, 2006 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New
Individual and corporate Wings Club memberships are available. For more
information on The Wings Club or to apply for membership call 212-867-1770,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.wingsclub.org.
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