Senior Managing Director, Operations, and Safety
Airlines 4 America
Mr. McGraw is Senior Managing Director, Operations and Safety for Airlines for America (A4A). A4A is the nation’s oldest and largest airline trade association. Paul is responsible for all Air Traffic Management, Flight Operations, Engineering & Maintenance and Safety activities at A4A.
McGraw joined A4A in 1986 and has served in numerous capacities. He began his career with A4A in Chicago covering regional air traffic, flight operations, airport, safety, security and environmental issues. In 1992 he joined A4A headquarters and was responsible for airport capacity, delay reduction efforts and all operational and technical airport issues.
Prior to his current position he was responsible for all air traffic management (ATM) activities at A4A, including A4A staff at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center, and for establishing airline ATM policy in the National Airspace System (NAS).
In 2010 Paul was awarded the A4A Nancy Cunningham Award for distinguished service and dedication to A4A, and its members. Prior to joining A4A, Paul held several management positions at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. He and his staff were responsible for all airport operational and emergency activities at the world’s busiest airport.
A native of Illinois, McGraw received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, where he earned his commercial pilot license, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings.