ALTA announces staff changes
The Latin American Air Transport Association Thursday said two senior staffers are leaving the organization, and announced the appointment of a new legal counsel.
Francisco M'chler, who has had a 21-year career with ALTA, is retiring. He has been involved in the aviation industry for 61 years.
Celestino Pena, ALTA's chief counsel for legal and governmental affairs for the past three years, is leaving the association and returning to private practice of law and consulting in international relations. Gonzalo Yelpo has been appointed as ALTA's new chief legal counsel.
M'chler began his aviation career in 1946 as an Avianca ticket agent, then went on to serve in several management positions in various areas, including reservations, sales, interline agreements and industry relations.
'Francisco's vast experience and industry knowledge have been of immense value to ALTA,' said Alex de Gunten, ALTA executive director.