Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey on the passing of Dr. Assad Kotaite
Arlington, Va. – Today we mourn the loss of Dr. Assad Kotaite, one of the most prominent and respected figures in the world of civil aviation.
Universally known as a master conciliator and consensus-builder, Dr. Kotaite served with the International Civil Aviation Organization for more than fifty years, including thirty years as the elected President of the Council, making him the longest-tenured senior executive in the history of the United Nations.
Dr. Kotaite’s dedication to the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation was a key factor in its phenomenal growth over the past sixty years. The global aviation community will miss his visionary leadership.