|11th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board|
August 2006 – August 2008
|President||George W. Bush|
|Succeeded by||Deborah Hersman|
|Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board
August 2008 – July 28, 2009
|President||George W. Bush
March 2005 – August 2006
|President||George W. Bush|
|Alma mater||University of Maryland|
Mark Rosenker is an American aviation official who served as the 11th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from August 2006 through August 2008. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He served as acting chair starting in March 2005 to August 2006 and then again from August 2008 until his resignation from the Board in July 2009, when he returned to private life.
Rosenker is a retired Air Force Reserve Major General. During his 37-year career, Rosenker received numerous awards and decorations including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster and the Legion of Merit.
He entered the Air Force in 1969 via the University of Maryland ROTC program. He served five years as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Community College of the Air Force. Rosenker graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
Rosenker was a member of the NTSB beginning March 2003 and was designated vice chairman the following month. He began his second term in January 2005 after unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate. That term expired December 31, 2010.
From January 20, 2001, to March 2003, Rosenker served as deputy assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Military Office. Rosenker was traveling with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001.
Rosenker has served in the Department of Interior, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In 1990, Rosenker was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the American Battle Monuments Commission. During his career in civilian Federal service Mr. Rosenker received 8 Presidential appointments, three of which required Senate confirmation.
Piedmont Airlines Flight 22 investigation
As NTSB Chairman, Rosenker ordered the 2006/2007 re-opening of the controversial 1967 investigation of Piedmont Airlines Flight 22. In the official petition for reconsideration, Paul Houle (an amateur historian who asked for the investigation to be reopened) suggested that numerous important facts were missing from the original investigation, as well as apparent potential conflicts of interest which should have been found at the time. Despite the cockpit voice recorder conflicting with the original NTSB report, the NTSB's Office of Aviation Safety found no compelling reason to make any changes to the report. Rosenker subsequently wrote to Houle, sharing the Board's findings upholding the probable cause and contributing factors as presented in the original NTSB report.
Rosenker was Managing Director of the Washington, D.C. office for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Prior to working for UNOS, Rosenker was the Vice President, Public Affairs for the Electronic Industries Alliance for 23 years.
In April 2012, Rosenker was appointed by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to be a member of a special "Panel of Experts" to provide, advice, evaluation and assessment of potential new safety measures and best practices for improved cruise ship operations.
Rosenker was named to the Sequa Corporation board of directors in August 2009. Sequa is the parent organization to Chromalloy. He is a member of the Board of the Lattice Corporation and is the Transportation Safety Analyst for the CBS television and radio networks. Prior to that was a contributor to NBC News in the same role. Since retiring from the NTSB, he has appeared as a guest speaker at numerous aviation and other transportation industry events, and was a senior advisor to the National Coalition for Safer Roads, a photo enforcement advocacy group supported by camera vendor American Traffic Solutions.
Today Rosenker is the president of the Transportation Safety Group LLC, a specialized consulting firm focused on transportation issues in the US and around the world.