(Source says O'Keefe survived crash)

(Reuters) - EADS North America Chief Executive
Officer Sean O'Keefe, a former head of NASA, survived a plane
crash in Alaska Monday that killed former Alaska Senator Ted

O'Keefe, 54, was leading EADS's bid to win a hotly
contested competition to build a new generation of aerial
tankers for the U.S. military, one of the biggest Pentagon
contracts ever.

O'Keefe's son also survived the crash.

Here are some highlights from O'Keefe's career in public
service, industry and academia:

* November 2009: Became CEO of EADS North America, elected
to board of directors

* 2008: Headed Washington operations for General Electric
Co's aviation division

* 2005 to 2008: Chancellor, Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge)

* 1996-2001: Endowed chair professor, Syracuse University
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

* 1993-1996: Professor of business administration, dean of
graduate school at Pennsylvania State University

Sources: EADS, NASA, Reuters research

(Reporting by Karen Jacobs; Editing by Bill Trott)