CEO Tilden elected chairman of Alaska Air Group

Seattle USA-based carrier Alaska Air Group said that its board has elected Brad Tilden chairman of Air Group and its subsidiary carriers Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

A 22-year veteran of the company, Tilden currently serves as president and chief executive officer.

He succeeds Bill Ayer, who will retire December 31 after spending 31 years at Air Group and 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, who is 52, joined Alaska Airlines from Price Waterhouse in 1991. He was promoted to Air 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, the nation´s seventh-largest airline, 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.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air, together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.

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