Republic Airways COO Heller to retire

Republic Airways Holdings’ executive vice-president and chief operating officer Wayne Heller is to retire from the company with effect from 13 March 2015.

For more than 15 years, Heller has served as a senior leader at Republic Airways. He joined the airline in 1999 as vice president of flight operations. In 2004, he was made chief operating officer and during his tenure, Republic has grown from a small turboprop operation serving one major airline partner to its current status as the USA’s second-largest regional airline, operating more than 240 aircraft.

“Republic would not be the airline it is today without Wayne’s operational leadership over the past 15 years,” remarked Republic CEO, chairman and president Bryan Bedford. “Wayne never compromised on delivering the safest and most reliable operation in the regional airline industry. I want to personally thank Wayne for his many years of service, and on behalf of the entire leadership team, we wish him all the best.”

Republic has engaged executive search firm Spencer Stuart and anticipates naming a new COO in the near future. During this brief transition period, Bedford will oversee operational leadership of the airline.

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