Michael Hawthorne has more than 30 years of aviation management and policy; organizational analysis and development; concept planning and analysis; and systems development expertise. Mr. Hawthorne joined DIGITALiBiz (iBiz) as Vice President of Transportation Solutions and Strategies in January 2020. In this role, Mr. Hawthorne is primarily responsible for operations and business development efforts supporting the company’s transportation contracts, particularly programs involving critical Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen initiatives. His responsibilities include personnel management, contract support, profit/loss, and overall customer satisfaction.
He began his career as an FAA cooperative education student at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic, City, NJ, researching and developing technologies that would eventually become foundational to NextGen and Trajectory Based Operations (TBO). Building on his early experiences, he relocated to FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC where he played a leadership role in the development and implementation of multiple large-scale, complex programs, including Data Communications, En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), and System Wide Information Management (SWIM). He also coordinated the Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO) international activities in the Americas region, served as the ATO’s liaison to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and served as a Senior Advisor in the FAA’s Office of Aviation Policy and Plans.
Mr. Hawthorne holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University, and is a certified Project Management Professional.