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Italian ENAC: Salvatore Sciacchitano elected ICAO President for the period 2020-2022

Satisfaction and pride for the prestigious result for Italy and for the Authority

This is the first presidency of an European since the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organization

The engineer Salvatore Sciacchitano is the new president of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), the UN body that unites the civil aviation authorities of 193 States.

He was elected for the three-year period 2020-2022 during the ICAO Council which took place in the afternoon of November 25th in Montreal, the organization's headquarters.

For the first time since its establishment in 1944, the office of president is covered by an European, the Italian Sciacchitano who was presented and supported for this prestigious role as a single candidate by the ECAC, European Civil Aviation Conference, organization pan-European composed by 44 Member States.

His election, who during his career has been for about 10 years Deputy Director-General of the ENAC, further seals the positive moment of Italy and ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority) in the panorama of international civil aviation.

Satisfaction has been expressed by ENAC President Nicola Zaccheo and by its Director General Alessio Quaranta.

The engineer has 39 years of experience in the aviation sector, mainly spent in senior management positions in national and international organizations, with recognized leadership and diplomacy skills.

Salvatore Sciacchitano (1954), after graduating in engineering, was since 1996 the general director of the RAI, the Italian aeronautical registry and then, from 1999 to 2010, the deputy general manager of ENAC.

For his experience in international aviation in 2010 he was appointed executive secretary of the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference), a pan-European organization composed of 44 member States.

In the following decade, as ECAC executive secretary, he worked in collaboration with ICAO board members, with its president and general secretary, acquiring in-depth experience of ICAO's strategic mission, further confirming his knowledge technical and relational.

In May 2018, the 44 general directors of civil aviation of ECAC member countries decided to provide their support to him as an European candidate for the presidency of the ICAO council, due to the long experience in the aviation sector and for the proven diplomatic capacity, aspects that constitute a precious resource to guide and inspire the work of the council in order to face the future challenges of international civil aviation.

See for details AVIONEWS 1 and 2.

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