Nicholas E. Calio
Airlines for America
President and CEO
Nicholas E. Calio is president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association for the country’s leading airlines, whose members and affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic. Mr. Calio leads the organization, which advocates for America’s airlines as models of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility, and as the indispensable network that drives more than $1 trillion in U.S. economic activity and nearly 10 million U.S. jobs. Prior to joining A4A in January 2011, Mr. Calio was Citigroup's Executive Vice President for Global Government Affairs, and a member of its Senior Leadership Committee. He was responsible for the company's government affairs globally, including U.S. federal government relations, U.S. state government relations and international government relations.
Before joining Citigroup, Mr. Calio served as Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs for President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush, with primary responsibility for formulating and implementing White House legislative strategy. In 1993, Mr. Calio co-founded O'Brien*Calio, a law and lobbying firm rated by a Fortune Magazine survey as "one of the ten most powerful" in Washington.