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20 November 2018


News: Flight Safety Foundation Names Hassan Shahidi as New President and CEO

Dr Hassan Shahidi will become the new president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation in January 2019, succeeding Jon Beatty who has led the non-profit, independent aviation safety organisation for the past four years. Dr Shahidi is currently director of aviation safety and new entrant integration with the MITRE Corporation, a U.S.-based non-profit company that operates government-funded research and development centres that advance safety in sectors including aviation, healthcare, defence and intelligence and security. 

Dr Shahidi (pictured above) played a leading role in the development of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) system, which is jointly used by the air transport industry and regulators to proactively identify safety issues by sharing data. In particular, Dr Shahidi helped to extend the concept to the Asia Pacific region, through the launch of the AP-Share initiative, which is a collaborative partnership between industry, regulators and the Foundation to promote and advance safety data sharing in a part of the world that has seen the world’s fastest air transport growth.

With over 35 years of experience in leadership roles in the aviation sector, Dr Shahidi holds several advanced degrees in economics and engineering, as well as a private pilot license.

“Dr Shahidi brings unique and deep experience in evidence-based approaches to safety, which is critical to maintain and improve our stellar record in all aspects of aviation,” said John Hamilton, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Governors and vice president of engineering with Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are extremely grateful for Jon Beatty’s stewardship of the Foundation. He set the leadership bar high and really put the Foundation on a sound financial footing while improving our membership base. We’re confident Hassan will take us to the next level and help us confront the challenges of explosive growth and disruptive technology around the globe.”

Dr Shahidi commented: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead the Foundation. I’ll be building on the Foundation’s legacy of advancing aviation safety globally and working in partnership to reach new levels of safety by harnessing technology, people and data.”

The Flight Safety Foundation is a reciprocal member of HeliOffshore, as both organisations share a deep commitment to aviation safety. The two organisations share many objectives, including enhancing the use of data to more proactively enhance safety performance, sharing best practice, and global collaboration for safety. HeliOffshore CEO Gretchen Haskins is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Governors.