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NBAA honours Rosanvallon and Schwartz with top awards
The John P. “Jack” Doswell Award has gone to former Dassault Falcon Jet CEO Jean Rosanvallon, while the John H. Winant Award was bestowed on former NBAA board member and industry safety champion Doug Schwartz.

The National Business Aviation Association has bestowed its prestigious John P. “Jack” Doswell Award on former Dassault Falcon Jet CEO Jean (John) Rosanvallon in recognition of his exceptional record of service to the industry. Its John H. Winant Award went to former NBAA board member and industry safety champion Doug Schwartz.

“Throughout his 47 years in business aviation, John Rosanvallon has exemplified the finest attributes of leadership and a passionate commitment to making our industry stronger and safer,” says NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “It is our honour to recognise him with the association's Doswell Award.”

Rosanvallon's many contributions to the industry include service as a member of NBAA's Advisory Council, and also on the board of directors for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), including service as chairman in 2011, as well as the Corporate Angel Network and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Wings Club of New York and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Rosanvallon joined Dassault Aviation in France in 1975 and four years later transitioned to assistant to the president at DFJ, based in Teterboro, New Jersey. Following a 10-year tenure in France serving in several executive capacities for the company, he returned to Teterboro as senior vice president, sales and marketing with responsibility for consolidating worldwide Falcon commercial activities. He took charge of the U.S. affiliate in 1996 while serving as senior vice president of civil aircraft in France. He stepped down as CEO at the end of 2019 and is currently senior advisor to the chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

In January 2019, Rosanvallon received the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Los Angeles. Later that year, he was honoured with the 2019 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The same year, he was also honoured with the Mike Davis Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Business Aviation Association's Icons of Aviation Gathering in Hong Kong.

Rosanvallon has been a U.S. citizen since 2017.

Established in 1987, the Doswell Award is granted for lifelong individual achievement on behalf of and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. Recipients have included leaders from every part of the business aviation community, and while candidates for the award are considered each year, the award is bestowed only when a deserving candidate is identified.

Doug Schwartz served nearly 14 years on NBAA's board of directors prior to his retirement in 2016. He is a past chairman of NBAA's Safety Committee, whose indelible contributions include the advancement of thinking about business aviation safety around data-based initiatives that surface and prevent root causes for accidents. He was key to the integration of safety and security considerations and best practices as the chair of the NBAA Security Council, formed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Schwartz's body of knowledge in these arenas stems in part from his service as manager of global aviation services at ConocoPhillips, overseeing executive flight operations, corporate shuttle operations, global charter flight support and aviation facilities management. He also held aviation leadership roles at TAG Aviation and AT&T, and is a founder and past chairman of the board of the Morristown Aviation Association.

Schwartz put his on-the-ground experience to work at FlightSafety International (FSI), where he worked for 25 years, driving the development of crew resource management (CRM) training and the introduction of CRM safety programmes geared specifically toward business aviation operators, as well as real-world flight simulation scenarios that have enhanced the safety of business aviation, especially for helicopter operations.

“Doug Schwartz was an early visionary in forming the programmes that today provide a data-based approach to the causes of accidents, and how the chain of those accidents can be broken in the future,” says Bolen. “His continued, tireless work to advance business aviation safety has extended well beyond his service with NBAA's board of directors, in the best tradition set by John Winant. We are honorued to recognise Doug's continued leadership with this award.”

In 2016, Schwartz received the Flight Safety Foundation's (FSF's) Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award. He also is a past recipient of the Aviation Week & Space Technology Laurels Award, recognising advances in flight operations and training, and the FSF-Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award.

First presented in 2009, NBAA's John H. Winant Award is bestowed annually to former members of the association's board of directors whose service to the industry extends well beyond their tenure on the board. The award is named in honour of Mr. Winant, NBAA's first full-time staff president, who served in that role for more than 15 years and paved a trail of remarkable achievements long after his tenure with the association.

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