Dec 16, 2008

New CEO for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority

New C.E.O. for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority


The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

December 16 2008

Today I announce the appointment of Mr John McCormick as the new Director of Aviation Safety and Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

Mr McCormick will take up the position on 1 March 2009, replacing Mr Bruce Byron AM who completes a term of over five years on 28 February 2009.

The Rudd Labor Government places the highest importance on aviation safety and is very pleased to have someone of Mr McCormick’s calibre and experience taking the reins of CASA.

He comes to Australia’s peak aviation safety regulator with more than twenty years senior experience in the industry, including a decade with the Royal Australian Air Force, followed by service with two of the world’s great airlines: Qantas and Cathay Pacific.

Mr McCormick will take up his responsibilities at an exciting time for the nation’s civil aviation industry.

The Government has provided a framework for the industry’s future development with the release last week of our Aviation Green Paper, the next stage in the development of the nation’s first ever long term Aviation Strategy or White Paper.

Safety is at the forefront of the Green Paper and as the independent safety regulator, CASA has a crucial role to play in maintaining Australia’s proud safety record.

To improve its governance arrangements as well as provide stronger support to the CEO and the Minister, I recently announced the Government intends to put in place a small, independent Board for CASA.

An early priority for Mr McCormick will therefore be to prepare for the establishment of this Board in July 2009.

The Government acknowledges and thanks Mr Bruce Byron for his outstanding contribution as CASA CEO over the past five years as well as his personal commitment to the highest of safety standards and necessary internal reforms. He leaves CASA well placed to meet future challenges.



Nationality: Australian

Marital Status: Married with two children

Date of Birth: Age 53

Educational qualifications

Griffith University, Queensland

Master of Aviation Management, 2003


Summary of experience


2006-Present Senior Training Captain, Airbus A330/A340, Queensland

2002-2006 General Manager Operations, Hong Kong

1999-2002 Chief Pilot, Boeing Fleet, Hong Kong

1998 Flight Training Manager, B747-400, Hong Kong

1994-1998 Flight Training Manager, B777/Tristar, Hong Kong

1994 Deputy Flight Training Manager, Tristar, Hong Kong

1987-1994 First Officer B747-200/Captain Tristar, Hong Kong



Sydney, NSW

Second Officer B747-200