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GAMA Hires Edward T. Smith as Senior Vice President of International Affairs

GAMA NEWS 05-22 For Immediate Release: Sep 13, 2005

Washington, DC, September 12, 2005 – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today annouced the hiring of Edward T. Smith as Senior Vice President of International Affairs. Smith assumes the responsibility for GAMA’s international aviation policy and regulatory involvement with foreign authorities. He will also maintain GAMA’s relationship with the Department of Commerce, Department of State and the FAA’s International Office. Mr. Smith will fill the position vacated by Barry Valentine’s retirement.

Ed Smith joins GAMA after a distinguished 25-year career with the United States Department of State where he most recently was Director, Office of Aviation Negotiations, leading several Open Skies negitiations. Previously Mr. Smith was Deputy Director, Office of Caribbean Affairs and Director, General Economic Policy Unit, U.S. Mission to the European Union where he was involved with aircraft noise legislation and early discussion on the establishment of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

"Ed’s strong background in foreign affairs and economic policy will ensure GAMA’s long-term involvement in international aviation issues and assist us in maintaining a strong partnership relationship with the European Aviation Safety Agency and the International Civil Aviation Organization," said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.

Smith has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and has undertaken graduate studies in Economics at McGill University in Montreal

A picture of Ed Smith is available on request from GAMA.

Communications Director:
Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA exists to foster and advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global business and general aviation industry. This includes promoting a better understanding of general aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul and the important role these industry segments play in economic growth and opportunity, and in serving the critical transportation needs of communities, companies, and individuals worldwide.