US FAA administrator takes job with aerospace lobby

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:26pm EDT

WASHINGTON Aug 21 (Reuters) - The administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was named chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association on Tuesday, the top lobbying group for aerospace manufacturers.

Marion Blakey's five-year term at FAA ends on Sept. 13. She will remain with the agency until that time, a spokeswoman said.

Blakey will succeed John Douglass, who has led the trade organization since 1998.

Blakey's successor at FAA has not been named.

AIA members include Boeing Co. (BA.N), General Electric Co. (GE.N), United Technologies Corp (UTX.N), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC.N), BAE Systems PLC BA.L and Lockheed Martin (LMT.N).

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