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Alaska Air Names CEO Tilden as Chairman Replacing Ayer

People | James Shillinglaw | November 10, 2013

Alaska Air Names CEO Tilden as Chairman Replacing Ayer

Alaska Air Group’s board of directors has elected Brad Tilden as chairman of the group and its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. A 22-year veteran of the company, Tilden currently serves as president and CEO.

Tilden succeeds Bill Ayer, who will retire Dec. 31 after 31 years at Alaska Air serving as president, CEO and chairman during his last decade at the company. Ayer remained as chairman when Tilden was elected CEO in February 2012.

Tilden, 52, joined Alaska Airlines from Price Waterhouse in 1991. He was promoted to the group’s chief financial officer in 2000, to executive vice president- planning and finance in 2007, and to president of Alaska Airlines in 2008. As CEO, Tilden oversees Alaska Airlines, the nation's seventh-largest carrier, and regional carrier Horizon Air, which together employ 13,000 people and fly 180 aircraft to nearly 100 destinations across the continental United States and in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

Ayer joined Horizon in 1982 and served in a variety of marketing, planning and operational posts at the regional carrier and Alaska Airlines. He was appointed CEO of the group and Alaska Airlines in 2002 and became chairman in 2003.

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