Air Transport World Publisher Bill Freeman to Retire

Led Digital Growth, Spearheaded Global Airline Awards During 37-Year Career

May 09, 2014, 09:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, May 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton announces that after an extraordinary 37-year career at Air Transport World (ATW), publisher Bill Freeman will retire following this year's Farnborough Air Show in July.

Freeman has been ATW's Publisher for the past 16 years, and has served as Group Publisher - Commercial Aviation at Penton since 2007.  In addition to leading ATW, he has led such brands as SpeedNews and the MRO Edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Freeman led ATW's successful expansion from a monthly magazine to the leading multichannel brand delivering print, digital, data, event content, and marketing services for the global airline industry.  Under his tenure, ATW launched one of Penton's first websites, and the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards expanded to become the industry's premier competition and gathering of legends and leaders.

Prior to joining ATW, Freeman worked in advertising sales for The Dallas Times Herald.  He received bachelor's degrees in business and journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Freeman will continue his duties at Penton until July 31, allowing ample time to identify his successor and ensure a smooth transition.

About ATW and Aviation Week
ATW is part of the Aviation Week Network, a division of Penton. Aviation Week is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week for analysis, marketing and intelligence. Customers include the world's leading manufacturers, suppliers, airlines, business aviation operators, militaries, governments and other organizations that serve this global market. The Aviation Week Network includes Aviation Week & Space Technology, AC-U-KWIK, Aircraft Blue Book,, Air Charter Guide, Air Transport World,, Aviation Week Intelligence Network, Business & Commercial Aviation, ShowNews, SpeedNews, Fleet and MRO forecasts, global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) tradeshows and aerospace & defense conferences.

About Penton
Penton is a leading professional information services company that engages and informs millions of professionals every day, helping them grow and solve their most critical business challenges. As a provider of critical workflow solutions and insightful content, marketing services and networking, Penton helps businesses do business in five core growth markets: agriculture, transportation, natural products/food, infrastructure, and industrial design/manufacturing.

Penton is a growth company with a track-record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.

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