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Alaska Airlines Executive Leadership

Updated May 2016

Brad Tilden - Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Ben Minicucci - President and Chief Operating Officer 
Brandon Pedersen - Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance
Andrew Harrison - Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Brad Tilden

Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Air Group

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Brad TildenBrad Tilden serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and  its subsidiary Alaska Airlines.  Alaska flies 200 aircraft to 114 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica and has 15,000 employees.  Alaska has grown significantly over the years and is a Fortune 500 company. 

Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Air Group’s focus is making Alaska the easiest airline to fly, offering low fares, and steadily growing the airline’s route network. The airline has also ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for the last six years by and was recently named the most fuel-efficient U.S. carrier for domestic operations for the fifth year in a row by the International Council on Clean Transportation. In addition to these achievements, Alaska has received special honors for philanthropy and community involvement and it consistently ranks among the nation’s most profitable airlines. 

Tilden is a 25-year veteran of Alaska Air Group.   He previously served as president, as executive vice president of finance and planning, as chief financial officer, and as 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 ranked #22 among the Top 50 Corporate Leaders in America by Fortune magazine in 2015.  The Puget Sound Business Journal also recognized him as Executive of the Year. 

Tilden recently chaired the board of the Washington Roundtable, and he serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, Nordstrom and Pacific Lutheran University.   

A Seattle native, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he developed an early love of aviation. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and enjoys flying recreationally. He also enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.

Ben Minicucci

President and Chief Operating Officer of Alaska Airlines

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Ben Minicucci

Ben Minicucci leads Alaska Airlines’ 11,700 employees and is also responsible for Flight Operations, System Operations Control, Maintenance & Engineering and Customer Service – Airports. As president of Alaska Airlines, Minicucci is leading the integration process for the planned acquisition of Virgin America, which will create the premier airline for people living on the West Coast.

Most recently, Minicucci served as the airline’s chief operating officer and executive vice president since December 2008. 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 and also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program for senior executives.

Brandon Pedersen

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance of Alaska Air Group

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Brandon PedersenBrandon 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.

Andrew Harrison

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 seven children. 

Vice Presidents

  • 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, Flight Operations
  • Kurt Kinder - Vice President, Maintenance & Engineering
  • John Kirby - Vice President, Capacity Planning
  • David E. Kuhl - Vice President of Information Technology Services
  • Kyle Levine - Vice President Legal and General Counsel
  • Greg Mays - Vice President, Labor Relations
  • 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
  • Sangita Woerner - Vice President, Marketing
  • Tamara S. Young -  Vice President, Human Resources

Other Elected Officers

  • Shannon Alberts - Corporate Secretary