Alaska Airlines Executive Leadership
Updated July 2015
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
Andrew Harrison - Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Air Group
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Brad Tilden is the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Alaska flies more than 180 aircraft to 100 plus destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and it employs 13,000 people. For 2014, Alaska reported record financial results and one of the highest profit margins in the airline industry. The company has been profitable for 11 consecutive years.
Under Tilden’s leadership, Alaska and Horizon are focused on running a safe and reliable operation, on providing a hassle-free travel experience, on offering low fares, and on steadily growing their combined route network. Alaska has earned many accolades, including ranking highest in customer satisfaction among traditional carriers in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for eight years in a row. The airline also ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for five consecutive years by FlightStats, and was named the Best Airline in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal for the second consecutive year.
In addition to its top-ranked operational performance, Alaska is a leader in environmental stewardship, community service and philanthropy. In 2013, the International Council on Clean Transportation named Alaska the most fuel-efficient airline in the U.S, and in 2014, the airline donated $9.6 million to more than 1,300 charitable organizations and its employees volunteered more than 21,000 community service hours.
Tilden is a 24-year veteran of Alaska Air Group. He previously served as executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer and corporate controller. Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse. He 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.
Tilden was named one of the Top 50 People in Business by Fortune in 2014. He has also been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Tilden chairs the board of the Washington Roundtable, and he serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, and Pacific Lutheran University.
A Seattle native, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he would watch Alaska jets take off and land. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys cycling and flying his Cessna 182. He holds a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance of Alaska Air Group
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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 was recognized by The Puget Sound Business Journal as its “CFO of the Year” in 2015 for public companies with more than $1 billion in revenue.
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 of 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Alaska Airlines
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Andrew Harrison is responsible for all revenue-related activities overseeing corporate real estate, marketing, capacity planning, revenue management, customer innovation and alliances for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.
Harrison previously served as senior vice president of planning and revenue management. Since joining the company in 2003, Harrison has served as vice president of planning and revenue management for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and as managing director of several departments including financial planning and analysis and internal audit.
Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Harrison worked at KPMG for 16 years, one of the nation’s largest public accounting firms. As a senior manager, he had oversight of several large public corporation audits across numerous industries. During his public accounting career, he worked at numerous KPMG offices across the world including in Melbourne, Australia, Prague, Stamford, Connecticut, Silicon Valley and Seattle.
Harrison is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and holds a bachelor of commerce degree. He was previously certified as a public accountant by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1996 and as a California CPA in January 2004. His licenses are currently inactive. A Seattle-area resident, Harrison serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Washington. He and his wife Amy have six children.
- Ann Ardizzone - Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management
- Jeffrey Butler - Vice President, Airport Operations & Customer Service
- Mark Eliasen - Vice President, Finance and Treasurer
- Karen Gruen - Vice President, Corporate Real Estate
- Tom Kemp - Vice President of Flight Operations
- John Kirby - Vice President of Capacity Planning
- David E. Kuhl, Vice President of Information Technology Services
- 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, Revenue Management
- Herman Wacker - Vice President, Legal and General Counsel
- Sangita Woerner - Vice President, Marketing
- Tamara S. Young - Vice President, Human Resources
Other Elected Officers
- Shannon Alberts - Corporate Secretary