New chief executive for Atlas Air Worldwide

Atlas Air Worldwide has appointed executive vice president and chief commercial officer Michael Steen as chief executive from June 15.

He succeeds John Dietrich, who is retiring from the company after nearly 25 years.

Steen has more than 30 years of experience in aviation and logistics, including 16 years of executive leadership experience with Atlas.

He has served as chief commercial officer since 2007 and has been responsible for leading the company’s strategy and market share growth, as well as developing and diversifying the company’s list of major customers.

A new chief commercial officer will be named following Steen’s appointment as chief executive.

“Michael’s leadership experience, strong track record of innovation and success, and consistent focus on the company’s customer-centric mission makes him the ideal candidate to lead Atlas forward in its next phase of growth,” said David Siegel, chairman of the board.

“On behalf of the Board, we look forward to working closely with Michael to execute on Atlas’ strategic growth plans and continuing to build on the Company’s strong commitment to safety, quality and service excellence.”

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to lead our incredible Atlas team as we design and execute our vision for growth and embark on new and exciting opportunities as a private company,” said Steen.

Dietrich has held numerous leadership roles at Atlas since 1999. The company said that through his tenure, Atlas has significantly expanded and diversified its service offerings, building from a single-gauge 747 ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) cargo business to many gauges of aircraft, as well as the expansion into express, e-commerce, passenger service and aircraft leasing businesses.

Additionally, Spencer Schwartz, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is retiring from his role, effective June 15.

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