Borealis appoints Subotic as executive director

Borealis, the European alliance of air navigation service providers has appointed Branka Subotic as its executive director.
Currently a senior consultant with NATS Services – the UK-based global air traffic solutions provider, was selected from a strong field of candidates and will take on the role for a two-year term.
NATS said Subotic brings significant international experience to the role, including consultancy, research, regulatory and academic experience. In recent years she has worked on major international projects including safety assurance for the introduction of the new system for area and approach control in Muscat and Salalah in Oman, opening of the new tower and new runway in Muscat in Oman, and the first phase of the GACA corporatisation project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
She also has experience of the European ATM environment having previously worked on the application of Eurocontrol ATM safety regulatory requirements, development of safety management systems, safety and human factors assurance, system validation and safety cases.
The Borealis alliance is voluntary initiative bringing together the nine North European ANSPs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the UK – who between them manage more than 12.5 million square kilometres of airspace, handling over 3.5 million flights a year.
It claims to represent a new way of delivering the objectives of the European Commission’s Single European Sky initiative based on business principles, rather than regulated cooperation. The alliance is currently working on a project to deliver Free Route Airspace across the whole of Northern Europe, which will enable significant environmental and cost benefits to airspace users.
Raine Luojus, director of Air Navigation Services at Finavia and current chairman of Borealis, said: “There was a strong field of candidates for this position and I’m delighted Branka has accepted our offer. Her international experience working with different countries and cultures will be invaluable and her track record of delivery gives me confidence that she can ensure the alliance is successful in the future.”
“The Borealis Alliance has huge potential to change the way we manage air traffic to deliver greater benefits to both airspace users and ANSPs. Our industry is changing and it’s only by working collaboratively to find new ways of doing things that we’ll be able to meet the challenges of future. I want the Alliance to be at the forefront of this transformation and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Branka will take up the role in January 2015 when the current holder of the post, Lance Stuart, steps down.
Branka Subotic holds a PhD in Air Traffic Management from Imperial College London (UK), MSc in aeronautical science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University ( USA) and MEng in air transport from University of Belgrade (Serbia). She is also a Chartered Engineer, an Assistant Professor with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and IATA Instructor.