Posted on: 05 September 2014
After just six months as the airline’s chief financial officer, Sami Teittinen has been appointed CEO of Silver Airways, a promotion precipitated by the move of departing CEO Dave Pflieger to become Island Air’s CEO.
Commenting on the former appointment, Silver Airways chairman, Matthew Ray, said, “Sami has consistently demonstrated impressive leadership capabilities and has been instrumental in the realignment of our strategic plan and cost structure.”
In his new role as CEO, Teittinen will implement Silver Airways’ core strategies with the help of more 800 employees. Before joining the airline, he worked as CFO for BBA Aviation Flight Support.
“I greatly appreciate the Board’s confidence in this appointment,” remarked Teittinen. “I look forward to further strengthening Silver’s operations while working closely with our dedicated and passionate Silver Airways team.”
As noted, Teittinen replaces Dave Pflieger, who is heading to Hawaii to take up his new role on 1 October. Pflieger will also take a place on Island Air’s Board of Directors.
During his time at Silver Airways, Pflieger oversaw the successful launch of the airline as an independent regional carrier, forming key partnerships and commercial agreements with several major US and international airlines.
In welcoming the new CEO, Island Air’s chairman Paul Marinelli highlighted Pflieger’s “award-winning customer service and operational record and his dedication to an employee-focused culture” which he believes will be instrumental to Island Air’s future success.
Pflieger, who served in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve as a B-52 instructor pilot and C-130 aircraft commander, succeeds Island Air’s current CEO, Paul Casey.