NBAA Announces New Board Officers; Jeffrey W. Lee Is Chairman

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ATLANTA, GA, September 27, 2007 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) implemented its Board officer succession plan today, when Jeffrey W. Lee of IBM Corporation succeeded Kenneth E. Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel Services as Board chairman. Pat Cunningham of PepsiCo, Inc. is NBAA’s new vice chairman and treasurer, filling the role vacated by Lee. Emerick will serve on the Board’s Executive Committee in the position of immediate past chairman. These officer elections for two-year terms were held in June and took effect today.

Jeff Lee is currently the director of flight operations for IBM Corporation, which he joined in 1980 as a copilot. He earned a B.S. in engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and was a USAF flight instructor from 1974 to 1980. Lee has been a member of NBAA’s Board since 2001, where he most recently served as vice chairman and treasurer.

Pat Cunningham has more than 25 years of business aviation aircraft maintenance and management experience. He holds an M.B.A. from Manhattan College and a B.A. in political science from Manhattanville College, and he is a 1996 cum laude graduate of the Pace University School of Law. He joined the NBAA Board in 2002 and was re-elected in 2005.

Ken Emerick, who graduated from Wayne State University, was first appointed to the NBAA Board in January 2000 to fill a vacancy and was elected to the Board for his first three-year term in October 2000.

These officers’ terms will conclude at the NBAA 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, scheduled to be held in Orlando, FL, October 20 through 22, 2008.

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