Piedmont hires new president

Piedmont Airlines has announced that Lyle Hogg, previously VP flight operations for US Airways, will now serve as president of the carrier.Hogg will report to Piedmont’s CEO Steve Farrow, who previously held both the CEO and president titles. Farrow plans to retire from Piedmont in early 2016, and Hogg’s appointment is part of Farrow's leadership succession plan for the regional carrier.Hogg was hired as a pilot by US Airways in 1984 and rose through the pilot management ranks to his current VP flight ops role. He played an integral role in the merger of US Airways and American and has extensive experience working with the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and aircraft manufacturers.“This is truly the most exciting time in Piedmont's history as we prepare to induct a new fleet type, the Embraer ERJ 145,” declared Farrow. “We welcome Lyle to the Piedmont family, and we look forward to his contributions across our airline as we prepare for this next chapter in Piedmont's long and rich aviation history.”Kenji Hashimoto, SVP regional carriers for American Airlines, added, “Steve has been a valued leader and a regional airline expert for many decades, and we are privileged to have his leadership at Piedmont. His breadth of knowledge, now combined with Lyle's air operations experience, will provide a seamless leadership transition during this time of growth at Piedmont and will strengthen Piedmont's role as a vital provider of regional feed for the world's largest airline.”Farrow will lead Piedmont's day-to-day operations until his retirement in 2016, while Hogg will focus on preparing Piedmont for the induction of at least 20 Embraer ERJ 145s into its fleet (also in 2016), including working with the FAA to certify this new aircraft type as well as leading pilot recruitment.

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