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Alaska Air Group announces changes

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

SEATTLE - The parent of Alaska Airlines has announced several changes in its executive ranks, including a new president for the carrier.

Alaska Air Group Inc. said Monday that its board elected Brad Tilden as president of Alaska Airlines. Tilden had been chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and planning for the parent.

Tilden will oversee operations and marketing at the Seattle-based airline and continue to handle network planning and revenue management. He joined Alaska Airlines as controller in 1991 and became CFO in 2000.

Glenn Johnson, the airline's executive vice president of customer service, was named to replace Tilden as CFO and executive vice president of finance for the parent and the carrier. He has held a series of finance and customer-service jobs at the airline and sister carrier Horizon Air.

The company named Ben Minicucci the airline's chief operating officer and executive vice president of operations. He had been vice president of Seattle operations.

Gregg Saretsky, the airline's executive vice president of flight and marketing and a 10-year company veteran, will leave, the company said.



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