Gregory Principato has announced his intention to step down as president of ACI-North America on June 30, 2013.
Principato, who succeeded David Plavin in the ACI-NA hotseat in July 2005, said that he believed the time was right to "seek new challenges and opportunities".
He added: "I am incredibly proud of the ACI-NA team and what we have accomplished in redefining ACI-NA and its position as the 'voice of airports' on legislative and regulatory issues in the United States and Canada, but ater eight years, I reached the conclusion that the time is right to seek new challenges and opportunities.
“I have been proud to lead and work with an extraordinary staff and group of professionals in the airport and aviation community. This is a tight-knit industry where you build long-term relationships and friendships.
“I now look forward to opening a new chapter in my professional career.”
David Edwards, chairman of ACI-NA's Board of Directors, thanked Principato for his work on behalf of ACI-NA and the North American airport industry.
He said that the Board will begin a national search for a successor and that Principato would continue to lead the association through the initial phase of this transition process.
Edwards said: “Greg has been a strong advocate for our industry during his tenure as President of ACI-NA; he has served with a high degree of professionalism, and will be missed.
"At the same time, we recognised that we are in a demanding environment that requires us to now seek a leader that will energise all of us to be the best at what we do.”
Edwards indicated that the Board will assemble a search committee within the next 30 days and hire an executive search firm to begin the recruitment of ACI-NA’s new leader.