Alaska Air Announces Post-Merger Management Team for Virgin America

By Paul Riegler on 13 July 2016
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DSC_0259Alaska Air Group, the parent of Alaska Airlines, announced top post-merger management appointments to lead Virgin America after the deal closes.

Two executives, one from Alaska and one from Virgin, were named.

Ben Minicucci, currently Alaska Airlines’ chief operating officer and president, will serve as the CEO of the Virgin America subsidiary. In addition, Peter Hunt, Virgin America’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, will become the subsidiary’s president and will serve in that capacity until the two airlines obtain a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration, a move that is expected to take place some time in 2018.

Hunt will report to Minicucci. The airline’s chairman, Brad Tilden, said that Hunt’s understanding of the Virgin America brand will be “invaluable.”

Both Alaska and JetBlue made offers to acquire Virgin America. The deal with Alaska was announced on April 4.

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