Regional Director, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Mr. Melvin Cintron started his assignment as the Director of the ICAO NACC Regional Office in January 2015, where he is responsible for providing executive leadership to achieve the Organization’s vision and mission in support of 21 ICAO Contracting States and 19 Territories.
Mr. Cintron has over 35 years of combined military, industry, and government aviation experience. Prior to joining ICAO, Mr. Cintron served as Transportation Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan representing the Secretary of Transportation with responsibility for the rebuilding of the country´s transportation system (road, rail, and aviation).
He also served as United States Senior Executive. He held several key senior leadership positions, including Head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)´s International Programs and Policy Division, as well as head of General Aviation and Commercial Division, where he was responsible for the strategies and policies governing the country’s general aviation under flight standards. He also served as Representative of the U.S./FAA in bilateral agreements with the EU, Latin America and Africa, as well as in aviation industry positions such as Director of Maintenance, Director of Operations, Chief Inspector, and Marketing Director.
Mr. Cintron holds a bachelors and a Master in Business Administration. He graduated with academic honors from the U.S. Army´s Warrant Officer Candidate School, was a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army’s Aviation Maintenance Officer School, and holds FAA Commercial Pilot ratings in addition to airframe and power plant certifications. He was awarded the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal (he served in the first Gulf War as a combat medic and later in Iraq war on terrorism as an aviation maintenance officer). He received the U.S. Secretary of Transportation International Award, the Senior Executive Foreign Service Award, and the National Visionary Award, among others. Mr. Cintron has also published several books in English and Spanish.