David Grizzle Leaves Air Traffic Organization

From: Michael Huerta
Sent: 08/13/2013 10:24 AM EDT
Subject: Personnel Announcement
Dear Colleagues –

I wanted to let you know that David Grizzle has announced he will leave his position as Chief Operating Officer of the Air Traffic Organization this December. This is a loss not only for the ATO but for the agency as a whole. David’s bold and innovative leadership style has helped lead the ATO through a number of very challenging situations. His deep commitment to changing our agency’s culture and fostering collaboration has created real change here at the FAA – change that will last for years to come.

David has served the FAA and this Administration in a number of capacities.
Before he took on the role of COO he was our Chief Counsel and also wore the Acting Deputy Administrator hat for a time.

We are grateful for David’s service and wish him the best as he returns to the private sector next year. He will also finally have more time with his family and his farm down in Virginia which I know he loves and has missed over the last several years. On a personal note, I will miss working with David on a daily basis. I have come to rely on his counsel and I truly value his unique approach to issues.

Over the next several months we will be working to find David’s successor and as we do, I know the ATO’s strong team will continue to operate our nation’s airspace system safely and efficiently.

Please join me in thanking David for his service and commitment to our shared safety mission.

J. David Grizzle, COOJ. David Grizzle was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration‘s Air Traffic Organization on April 14, 2011.

As Chief Operating Officer, Grizzle leads the FAA’s 35,000 controllers, technicians, engineers and support personnel who are responsible for keeping air traffic moving safely and efficiently.

Previously, Grizzle served as the FAA’s Chief Counsel, from June 2009 to April 2011. He led the 300-person legal team responsible for agency regulation, safety enforcement and compliance programs, airport and environmental matters, personnel and labor law.

Before joining the FAA, he was with Continental Airlines and its affiliates for 22 years, retiring in 2008 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. In this role, he led Continental to address persistent deficits in product delivery, improving the total travel experience for Continental’s customers.

Prior positions he held at Continental and its affiliates include General Counsel, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing Strategy and Vice President of Legal Affairs.

During a leave of absence from Continental starting in 2004, Grizzle served for 14 months with the U.S. Department of State in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Attaché, Senior Advisor and Coordinator for Transportation and Infrastructure.

In Kabul, he steered the American reconstruction effort in the areas of aviation, roads, power and communications. He advised the U.S. Ambassador and four Afghan ministers and coordinated the efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development and other multilateral development banks. A major focus of his work was balancing the competing demand for immediate, visible results with the slower and less conspicuous process of developing Afghan human and institutional capacity necessary for sustainable progress.

Grizzle is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He is married to Anne Grizzle, a private family therapist, author and poet. They have three sons.

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