Previous position: President, US Airways
Education: B.S., Air Force Academy; M.S., George Washington University.
Career: Worked at the Pentagon and at AMR subsidiary, American Airlines Decision Technologies, before joining America West Airlines in 1995. Held several executive positions and was named president of the combined America West/US Airways in 2006.
Top of to-do list: “I have a very long list of meetings already set up at headquarters to get a more in-depth understanding. My focus will be on network and revenue issues.”
Expected challenges: “The challenge for 2014 will be to deliver on what we told everyone that we would, in terms of realizing synergies, in terms of fostering the strong relationship that we have with labor today.”
One thing that people may not know about you: Although he has lived in Arizona for almost two decades, his family has Texas roots. “My family has been in Texas forever. When my second daughter was born here in Phoenix, my father mailed me four tins of dirt and told me to put them under the bedposts so she would be born on Texas soil.”