Bothell, WA, USA (11 July 2002) - MAS (Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation) is very pleased to announce that John R. MacLean, Vice President, Purchasing for American Airlines will be the Keynote Speaker at Matsushita's upcoming 2002 Users Conference in Seattle, Washington (Wednesday, July 31st and Thursday, August 1st). According to Alan Pellegrini, Senior Vice President - Marketing and Operations, "We are honored to have Mr. MacLean join us on the speaker's dais.
is a very innovative thinker and a leader in this industry, and we look forward to hearing his
keynote address will focus on "The Airline Industry - Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?" Mr. MacLean has served as Vice President-Purchasing for American Airlines since March 1992.He
is responsible for the airline's acquisition of goods and services including jet fuel, aircraft parts, in-flight products, airport services, food and beverages, ground equipment, print material and ground support services. Mr. MacLean leads American's Business-to-Business e-commerce strategy and is a past board member with Cordiem, a joint venture of nine airlines and three aviation suppliers creating a procurement market place.
Purchasing department was awarded the "Medal of Professional Excellence" in 1998 by Purchasing magazine
, the first and only airline to receive that honor.
This year's MAS Users Conference will be held at the Westin
, a five-star hotel located in the heart of downtown Seattle.MAS
has arranged a preferred rate with the Westin
, available to registrants who complete their registration prior to July 12th.To register or learn more about the conference, please check the Users Conference website at www.mascorp.com/usersconference. MAS
will host a cocktail reception for all participants and their spouses following the first day's conference sessions, and a dinner cruise on the beautiful waters of Puget Sound at the end of the second day.