Mr. Robert F. Agnew
President & CEO
Working closely with aviation industry “sage” Morten S. Beyer since they founded mba in 1992, Mr. Agnew has been an indispensible part of the company’s rise to industry prominence. He was tapped to take the helm in 2004, when Mr. Beyer stepped down as CEO. Since then, Mr. Agnew has been instrumental in piloting the accreditation of mba as one of a handful of firms in the world capable of performing internationally recognized IATA Operational Safety Audits for airlines. On his watch, mba has also become a leading provider of technical due diligence for investors in airlines and aircraft.
Mr. Agnew brings 30 years of experience in aviation and management consulting to his role as CEO, and is one of only a dozen ISTAT Certified Senior Appraisers in the world.
Prior to founding mba, Mr. Agnew spent most of his career in sales, marketing and operations for airlines. After completing his Service as an Officer in the USAF, he began his commercial aviation career at Northwest Airlines, where he concentrated on contract and charter sales, schedule planning, and corporate operations research. He served as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales for World Airways, where he led all facets of aircraft leasing and charter service, and also designed and implemented the airline’s entry into the international scheduled service market.
He is an advisor to numerous hedge funds, insurance companies and investment banks on industry-related topics and is often called upon to speak or write about aviation matters. As an industry authority, he has also provided expert opinions and testimony covering issues like breach of contract, traffic forecasts, and asset valuations in litigation procedures. Also, he has served as an advisor to trustees and investors in bankruptcies such as Northwest Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines and Atlas Air. Mr. Agnew currently serves on the board of directors and chairs the audit committee of Atlas Air. In addition, he sits on the board of directors of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and chairs its Military Airlift Committee. Mr. Agnew earned an MBA from the University of North Dakota.