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A NEW chairman has started work for an air traffic services provider.

The National Air Traffic Service (Nats), whose head office is based in Swanwick, has appointed Dr Paul Golby as chairman of the board.

Dr Golby, pictured, served as chief executive officer of E.On from 2002 to 2011, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was appointed pro-chancellor and chairman of council for Aston University in 2009.

He is also a non-executive director of National Grid.

Richard Deakin, chief executive officer, said: ‘Paul’s extensive experience in the energy industry – another complex, safety-critical and former public sector – will be invaluable as we continue to develop the Nats business both in the UK and new international markets.’

Dr Golby succeeds John Devaney, who served as chairman since 2005.

Mr Deakin added: ‘John has led us through some pivotal years, as Nats transitioned first its culture and then its strategy towards a fully commercial business enterprise.

‘We thank him and wish him well.’