13 May 2014
SkyWest Airlines, Inc. holding company SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) and ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. said they have announced the promotion of Russell “Chip” Childs to president, effective May 12, 2014.
Childs has been serving as president and chief operating officer of SkyWest Airlines. In his new role at SkyWest, Inc., Childs will oversee all activities of the holding company, as well as those of the operating airlines, with a focus on improved profitability, quality and value for all SkyWest, Inc. stakeholders. Jerry C. Atkin will remain chairman and chief executive officer of SkyWest, Inc.
Childs has served as president and chief operating officer of SkyWest Airlines since 2007, executing the development of new partnerships, establishing solid financial performance, providing ongoing operational reliability and quality, and working with the airline´s more than 10,000 employees to position the airline for leadership and success. Childs holds a bachelor´s degree in economics and master´s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.
SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest´s airline companies provide commercial air service in cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 4,000 daily flights and a fleet of 755 aircraft. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.