By Trekker Armstrong l January 26, 2015
For many of us, 2015 brings personal changes, challenges and growth. This can also be said for our Association. On Nov. 27, 2014, I announced that COPA's President and CEO, Kevin Psutka plans to retire in 2015. Exact timing was unknown.
Recent developments have led to a confirmed retirement date at the end of February, at which time Kevin will be employed by the Air Line Pilots Association as a Safety and Security Representative. While the COPA Board of Directors was hopeful that timing would allow for the recruiting of a replacement and subsequent transition, logistics now makes this unlikely.
The COPA Board of Directors is executing the succession implementation plan. A Succession Committee has been constituted to steward the efforts. Provisions are being made to continue the business of the Association throughout the transition.
It is the intent of the Board to start the recruitment process in January. I would encourage the membership to review the posting, which will be made available on the COPA website among other sources, and encourage qualified candidates to consider applying. Your extended network as members may prove to be an invaluable source of applicants.
It will be difficult not to be preoccupied with the process of succession, however, COPA must continue to be diligent in addressing threats to our sector of aviation, but a combination of existing staff, including your V-P Operations, Patrick Gilligan, and your volunteer Board of Directors will ensure that we remain on top of the issues.