NextGen champion joins NBAA board

The United States National Business Association (NBAA) has named Bill Ayer, a long-time general aviation pilot and aviation industry leader, to its board of directors.
He joined Alaska Airlines in 1995 as vice president of marketing and planning, and subsequently held the posts of senior vice president, chief operating officer and president of the airline. In 2002, Ayer became the carrier’s chief executive officer and was appointed chairman in 2003. He retired from the company at the end of 2013.
Ayer is a member of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) management advisory council, and the immediate past chair of the FAA’s NextGen advisory committee.
“We are very pleased to have Bill join NBAA’s board of directors,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “He is a recognized leader with a profound appreciation for business aviation, and its impact on the nation’s economy. He also has a deep understanding of the important issues our industry faces.”
Ayer holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and human biology from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of Washington.