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Horizon CEO Pinneo to retire, Glenn Johnson takes over

Alaska Air Group has announced that Jeff Pinneo (pictured), president and CEO of its subsidiary Horizon Air, is retiring from the role after eight years at the regional carrier’s helm and more than 28 years working at Horizon and sister carrier, Alaska Airlines.

Glenn Johnson, formerly Alaska Air Group’s chief financial officer and executive vice-president of finance, has been elected president of Horizon Air, with Brandon Pedersen, previously Alaska Air Group’s vice-president of finance and controller being promoted to replace Johnson as CFO of Alaska Air Group. Pinneo will remain at Horizon Air for several months to work with Johnson through the transition.

"Throughout his long career at Horizon and Alaska, Jeff has left an indelible mark on our customer offerings, marketing programmes and, most of all, our people," commented Bill Ayer, chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group. "Jeff’s big heart and relentless focus on delivering the highest-quality service to customers are reflected throughout Horizon’s operations. Employees at both carriers have benefited greatly from his leadership and ideas."

During his term as Horizon’s president and CEO, Pinneo successfully steered the airline through some of the industry’s most challenging years. Elected Horizon’s leader only a few months after 11 September 2001, Pinneo oversaw substantial improvements in the carrier’s operational performance and customer satisfaction in the following years. This culminated in Air Transport World honouring Horizon as "Regional Airline of the Year" in 2007 and Forbes.com ranking Horizon among the top five airlines worldwide in on-time performance in 2009.

To his new role as Horizon’s president, Johnson brings more than 28 years of experience at Alaska Air Group, including oversight of customer services, finance, strategy, project management, maintenance and engineering, information technology, and corporate real estate.

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