ALTA announces upcoming Chief Executive Officer
The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association announces the appointment of José Ricardo Botelho, who assumes the effective position June 1, 2020
José Ricardo Botelho is Brazilian, he has 8 years of experience in the aeronautical sector and more than 20 years of public service in Brazil. Botelho served as Alternate Diplomatic Delegate of Brazil at ICAO for about 2 1/2 years and as Director President of the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) for 4 years. Under his leadership, ANAC reached important milestones that resulted in a current regulatory environment, efficient and capable of providing greater competitiveness to the Brazilian air market.
"I am extremely pleased to join ALTA, an organization with 40 years of experience that has managed to consolidate itself in Latin America and the Caribbean as an articulated team serving the entire aviation value chain, providing timely and relevant support to companies of the industry and the governments of the region. States recognize the work of ALTA and the importance of aviation. The travel and tourism sector is an engine for the economy of this region and will be key to the economic recovery of our countries " , comments José Ricardo Botelho, future Executive Director & CEO of ALTA.
"José Ricardo Botelho has a deep knowledge of civil aviation in Latin America, having developed important projects with civil aviation directorates in the region and implemented fundamental measures for the development of air transport in Brazil, during his tenure at ANAC. I am pleased to give him Welcome to ALTA and wish you success at this very challenging time in our history, "says Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines and Chairman of the ALTA Executive Committee.
"My arrival at the association comes in the midst of an extremely complex situation for the industry and for our countries. We have important challenges ahead to revive the economy, but the industry is resilient and I am sure that together we will succeed. In these first months, my mission will be to understand the needs of our members and users and further strengthen ALTA's position as an interlocutor with governments in the region to guarantee the implementation of the most beneficial measures for all and for the economic and social development of the region. Botelho remarks.
Graduated in Law from the Catholic University of Salvador, José Ricardo Botelho has a Postgraduate in Criminal Sciences from the Jorge Amado University and a Postgraduate in Public Security Management from the National Police Academy. He served with honors as Advisor to the Minister of Institutional Security of the Presidency of Brazil, as Chief of Staff and General Coordinator of the International Criminal Police of Brazil and as National Secretary of Security for Major Events as part of the Ministry of Justice of Brazil. During his tenure at ICAO, he actively participated in the amendments to the text of the Tokyo Convention, especially in matters related to flight safety, in the work relevant to the entry of Brazil in the ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) and in the systematization of API (Advanced Passenger Information), in addition to having worked on the rules against acts of unlawful interference (AVSEC) in favor of civil aviation.