Alaska Airlines Executive Leadership
Updated September 2014
Brad Tilden - Chief Executive Officer and President
Brandon Pedersen - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance
Ben Minicucci - Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Operations
Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Air Group
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Brad Tilden is the chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines, the nation’s sixth-largest carrier, and Horizon Air, its regional affiliate. The two airlines employ nearly 13,000 people and fly more than 180 aircraft to some 100 destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Alaska was recently added to the Fortune 500.
Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Air Group’s focus is on providing industry-leading customer service, offering low fares, steadily growing its route network, making Alaska and Horizon the easiest airlines to fly, and building a sense of teamwork and alignment among its employees. Alaska’s people earned recognition for ranking highest in customer service among traditional carriers for seven consecutive years by J.D. Power & Associates, ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for four consecutive years by FlightStats.com, and received other honors for their philanthropy, community service and environmental stewardship. In 2013, the International Council on Clean Transportation named Alaska the most fuel-efficient airline in the United States. In addition to these achievements, Alaska Air Group become one of the nation’s most profitable airlines.
Tilden previously served as president, executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer, and corporate controller of Alaska Air Group or Alaska Airlines. Before joining the company in 1991, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse in its offices in Seattle and Melbourne, Australia.
Tilden earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. He also holds a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating.
Tilden serves on the boards of Pacific Lutheran University, the Boy Scouts of America and the Washington Roundtable (where he is vice chair). He recently completed a term as president of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Introduced to aviation early in life, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he loved to watch Alaska jets take off and land. A resident of Seattle, he is married and has three daughters. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys cycling and flying his Cessna 182.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance
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Brandon Pedersen is responsible for the finance and strategic planning organizations at Alaska Air Group.
Pedersen previously served as vice president of finance and controller for Alaska Air Group, with responsibility for accounting, payroll, tax, financial reporting and investor relations.
He came to Alaska Airlines in 2003 as staff vice president from the Seattle office of KPMG, one of the nation's largest public accounting firms. He was a partner at KPMG, as well as at the Seattle office of Arthur Andersen. Pedersen began his professional career with Andersen as a staff accountant. During a 12-year period there, he rose to partner and handled a diverse range of clients and projects.
Pedersen is a graduate of the University of Washington, with bachelor's degrees in business administration and economics. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Accounting Advisory Board of the University of Washington. He also serves on the board of the American Red Cross of King and Kitsap Counties.
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Operations Alaska Airlines
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Ben Minicucci is responsible for Flight Operations, System Operations Control, Maintenance & Engineering and Customer Service – Airports.
Previously, he served as the airline's vice president of Seattle operations, leading the Customer Service – Airports Division's vendor oversight program, as well as staff planning, training, policies and procedures. Before that, Minicucci was staff vice president of maintenance and engineering.
Minicucci came to Alaska Airlines from Air Canada, following 14 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, where he managed all aspects of military aircraft maintenance and participated in several key deployments, including the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Minicucci's first job with Air Canada involved coaching management teams on progressive leadership styles. He was later promoted to vice president of heavy maintenance and base manager of operations in Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada.
He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada.
- Ann Ardizzone - Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management
- Gary Beck - Vice President, Flight Operations
- Jeffrey Butler - Vice President, Airport Operations & Customer Service
- Mark Eliasen - Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
- Karen Gruen - Vice President, Corporate Real Estate
- Andrew Harrison - Senior Vice President, Planning and Revenue Management
- Curtis Kopf - Vice President, Customer Innovation
- Kris Kutchera - Vice President, Information Technology
- Greg Mays - Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering
- Thomas Nunn - Vice President, Safety
- Andy Schneider - Vice President, Inflight Services
- Veresh Sita - Chief Information Officer and Vice President
- Joseph Sprague - Senior Vice President, Communications and External Relations
- Shane Tackett - Vice President, Labor Relations
- Herman Wacker - Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
- Tamara S. Young - Vice President, Human Resources
Other Elected Officers
- Shannon Alberts - Corporate Secretary