Release #: 18.38
October 17, 2018

ALPA Elects New National Officer Team

Capt. Joe DePete Elected ALPA President

Pictured left to right: President Capt. Joe DePete, FedEx Express; First Vice President Capt. Bob Fox, United Airlines; Vice President–Administration/Secretary Capt. Bill Couette, Envoy; Vice President–Finance/Treasurer Capt. Joseph Genovese, United Airlines

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today elected new national officers to lead the world’s largest pilots’ union for the next four years. The election took place during the union’s 47th biennial Board meeting.

“Today, ALPA’s highest governing body has spoken, and this is democracy in action. I am confident that the new officers will seize the opportunity to advance our profession for the next four years,” said Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA’s current president.

Capt. Joe DePete, a FedEx Express pilot and currently the union’s first vice president and national safety coordinator, was elected to serve as the union’s 11th president. Since joining ALPA in 1986, he has held several elected positions including executive vice president and chairman of the FedEx Express Master Executive Council. Capt. DePete lives in Louisville, Ky., and has worked tirelessly to realize ALPA’s commitment to achieving one level of safety and security.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to bring this union together with one true voice. The members of this Association have spoken loud and clear in support of unity, and I look forward to serving every one of our 61,000 pilots across North America. Together, we will continue to build on the decades of advancements we have made to our profession, as well as advance aviation safety and security for the future,” said ALPA’s president-elect. “I’m excited and humbled by the trust that the ALPA Board of Directors has placed in me with this election, and I am eager to work collaboratively with the other national officers.”

ALPA’s Board elected United Airlines Capt. Bob Fox as the union’s first vice president and national safety coordinator. Capt. Fox is based in Washington, D.C., where he flies the Airbus 320/319. A current member the ALPA United Alliance and Scope Oversight Committee, Capt. Fox was instrumental in the successful merger between United and Continental pilot groups and has been a leading advocate for significant safety advancements throughout his career.

“It is an honor to help lead the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization to one level of safety for all pilots. Our union has a lasting legacy in the labor movement, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to make significant advancements for our profession. I am grateful to ALPA’s Board of Directors for entrusting me with this responsibility,” said Capt. Fox.

Capt. Bill Couette was reelected to serve a fourth term as ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary. A 30-year Envoy pilot, he flies the Embraer 145 and is based in Chicago, Ill. During his tenure, Capt. Couette has expanded the union’s use of emerging technology and has been dedicated to mentoring young leaders coming into the Association.

“As we honor our history, it’s important that we take advantage of all the technologies available to engage ALPA’s current and future pilots. I am grateful to the Board for entrusting me to continue this important role at ALPA,” said Capt. Couette.

ALPA’s Board of Directors also elected United Capt. Joseph Genovese as vice president–finance/treasurer. An ALPA member since 1989, Capt. Genovese has been a tireless union volunteer throughout his career.

“It is a true honor to be elected as the steward of ALPA’s finances. I am humbled by this opportunity entrusted to me and am committed to ensuring that ALPA leaders have the resources needed to assist their members,” said Capt. Genovese.

The term for ALPA’s new national officers will begin on January 1, 2019.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 61,000 pilots at 34 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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