Americas appointment highlights of the month – August 2018

7 September, 2018

The travel, tourism and aviation industries in the Americas witness policy and upper level changes on a daily basis. It is important to not only keep tabs of these organisations direction, but to also monitor changes in executive branches to see the wider picture of the travel market. The Blue Swan Daily will keep you informed of these movements each month, with a full wrap of the key changes in the Americas market, while also looking forward to key appointments announced for the following month.

Here are the key executive changes for August 2018:

  • Delta Air Lines announced SVP of flight operations Steve Dickson plans to retire on 01-Oct-2018.
  • Akron Canton Airport appointed Renato Camacho as president and CEO, effective 01-Oct-2018. He succeeds Rick McQueen who will retire on 31-Dec-2018.
  • Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority appointed Lisa Gianoli as chair of the board that oversees Reno-Tahoe International Airport on 08-Aug-2018.
  • Boeing appointed Brendan Curran as president of Boeing AvionX on 13-Aug-2018, an organisation formed in 2017 to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems.
  • Ontario International Airport Authority appointed Atif Elkadi as deputy executive director on 14-Aug-2018. Mr Elkadi presently serves as chief commercial officer.
  • Southwest Airlines announced the following executive changes:
    • Mark Shaw promoted to EVP, chief legal officer, regulatory officer and corporate secretary;
    • Jason Van Eaton promoted to SVP of governmental affairs and real estate;
  • Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) appointed CFO John Pranckevicius as acting CEO, effective 17-Nov-2018. Mr Pranckevicius replaces Thomas Glynn, who plans to retire after serving as CEO for six years.
  • SKY Airline plans to brand its Peru subsidiary as SKY Peru and appointed Jose Raul Vargas as GM.
  • Bombardier appointed Danny Di Perna as COO aerospace, effective 15-Sep-2018.
  • United Airlines promoted SVP of finance, procurement, treasurer and acting CFO Gerry Laderman to the position of EVP and CFO on 22-Aug-2018.
  • Delta Air Lines announced the following executive changes on 23-Aug-2018:
    • David Garrison appointed CEO of Endeavor Air and SVP of Delta Connection and Delta Global Services;
    • Sandy Gordon promoted to SVP of airport operations domestic stations;
    • Erik Snell promoted to SVP of operations and customer centre;
    • Gary Hammes to be appointed as VP of engineering and quality assurance. Mr Hammes was previously CEO of Delta Private Jets.
  • Raytheon Company announced the appointment of Roy Azevedoas as president, Space and Airborne Systems (SAS), effective 01-Sep-2018.
  • WestJet appointed Captain Jeffrey Martin as chief operating officer, effective 24-Sep-2018.