Martin Rolfe
chief executive officer, NATS

Martin was appointed chief executive officer of NATS, the UK’s leading provider of Air Traffic Management services, in May 2015. NATS employs around 4,500 staff and provides air traffic control services 24 hours day, 7 days a week in UK and North Atlantic airspace for over 2million flights per year. NATS also provides air traffic services and expertise to countries and airports around the world

Previously, Martin was the managing director of operations at NATS responsible for delivering NATS’ regulated UK air traffic business.

Prior to joining NATS, Martin worked for the Lockheed Martin Corporation where he was managing director of its £350m UK Civil business. In this role, Martin was responsible for Lockheed Martin business with UK government across a wide range of critical national services, as well as being responsible for Lockheed Martin’s global air traffic business.

Martin’s career started with the European Space Agency working in orbital mechanics. Since then, Martin has worked in the aviation domain for more than 20 years across a number of companies leading large multinational teams across Europe, the US, and Asia with customers that include central government departments, military organisations and air navigation service providers.

Martin holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering from the University of Southampton.

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