OFFICER POSITIONS FOR
Today, America West Chairman, President and CEO Doug Parker and US Airways President and CEO Bruce Lakefield announced the officer team that will be recommended to the new airline's board of directors. These officers would assume their new roles in the combined company at the merger's close date, which is expected in late September.
Doug said, "We welcome these talented individuals to the new US Airways and we are confident that they have the right skills to navigate our merged company through the challenging transition. In addition, we are grateful for the efforts of both teams and to members of both teams who will not remain with the new airline. It took the entire officer teams of both airlines to make the initial discussion of a merger a reality and we appreciate the diligent efforts of those individuals."
Bruce added, "When Doug and I began discussing this merger, we set a goal to build the best team in the airline industry. This combination of leaders from US Airways and America West certainly accomplishes that goal. I add my deep appreciation to all of the officers who have worked tirelessly throughout our initial discussions and who will continue to do so until the merger is completed."
America West and US Airways currently have a combined 52 officer positions, including two positions that are responsible for the US Airways Express operations of PSA and Piedmont. There are 34 officers being named today for the new airline (including Doug Parker and his direct reports), which will result in a 35 percent reduction in overhead expenses. In addition, a few of the new positions are transition roles designed to integrate specific areas, which should phase out as the merger is completed.
Doug continued, "There is a lot of work to be accomplished over the next 18 months. We have to move to one operating certificate and create single systems for areas such as revenue management, revenue accounting and other technical functions. This work will require extraordinary efforts, and I am pleased we have put the right team in place to get that work accomplished."
Please welcome aboard the leadership team of the new US Airways. Biographies of these individuals will be available soon on awaCompass.com (America West employees) and theHub (US Airways employees).
Led by Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Jeff McClelland
--Derek Kerr, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Reporting to Derek:
----Mike Carreon, Vice President, Controller
----Dion Flannery, Vice President, Financial Analysis
----Kara Gin, Vice President, Financial Planning
----Tom Weir, Vice President, Treasurer
--Jim Walsh, Senior Vice President/General Counsel
Reporting to Jim:
----Janet Dhillon, Vice President/Deputy General Counsel
----John Hedblom, Vice President, Human Resources
----Al Hemenway, Vice President, Labor Relations
----Steve Farrow, President/CEO, Piedmont
----Keith Houk, President/CEO, PSA
Led by Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Scott Kirby
--Joe Beery, Senior Vice President/CIO
Reporting to Joe:
--Paul Lambert, Vice President, Facilities
--Andrew Nocella, Senior Vice President, Scheduling, Planning and Alliances
--Kerry Carstairs, Vice President, Reservations
--Travis Christ, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
--Randy Richards, Vice President, Cargo
--Open, Vice President, Revenue Management
Led by Executive Vice President, Operations Al Crellin
--Ed Bular, Vice President, Flight Operations
Reporting to Ed:
----Dave Seymour, Vice President, Operations Control and Planning
----Joe Chronic, Vice President, Flight Operations Integration
----Hal Heule, Senior Vice President, Safety & Regulatory Compliance
--Anthony Mulé, Senior Vice President, Customer Service
Reporting to Anthony:
----Ron Cole, Vice President, Inflight Services
----Donna Paladini, Vice President, Customer Service West
----Open, Vice President, Customer Service East
--John Prestifilippo, Senior Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering
Reporting to John:
----Rick Oehme, Vice President, Engineering & Quality
Public, Government, and Community Affairs
Led by Senior Vice President, Public Affairs C.A. Howlett
--Rosemary Murray, Vice President, Government Affairs
Led by Vice President, Corporate Communications Elise Eberwein
--Larry LeSueur, Vice President, Culture Integration
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