WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, today named Steven Lott as Vice President, Communications.
Steve joins the ATA from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), where he served as Head of Communications for North America for the past four years. In that role, Lott helped established a presence in the United States and particularly in Washington, D.C., for IATA, which represents some 230 U.S. and international airlines.
In this new role, Lott will help drive communications strategy and work closely with the ATA government affairs and policy teams to advocate for the airline industry in Washington, D.C., and around the world. He will report to Jean Medina, who was named Senior Vice President of Communications in January.
"We are pleased to further strengthen our team to bolster our advocacy work on behalf of our members," said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. "Steve brings a depth of industry and association knowledge, and is a seasoned spokesman and proponent of aviation who understands well the importance of the airline industry as a driver of the global economy."
Prior to joining IATA, Steve served for more than a decade as a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and editor for Aviation Daily and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, two of the premier trade journals covering the global airline industry.
"I welcome the opportunity to work with the new ATA leadership team to leverage effective communications and help build the brand and presence of the ATA in the United States and abroad in support of our members," Lott said. "I am pleased to take on this new role, which builds on my industry and Washington experience, as well as my work globally."
Lott will be based in Washington, D.C., and assumes the role today.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 11 million U.S. jobs. ATA airline members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. For more information about the airline industry, visit www.airlines.org and follow us on Twitter @airlinesassn.
SOURCE Air Transport Association