Rich named new president at SkyWest, Inc.

SkyWest, Inc. has appointed Brad Rich as its new president as part of the company’s restructuring, though Jerry Atkin remains chairman of the Board and CEO.

Also in new roles are Michael Kraupp as chief financial officer and treasurer, and Eric Woodward as chief accounting officer.

SkyWest Inc. says this evolution of executive leadership positions at the holding company “ensures that its collective resources continue to match the extensive and growing reach of all of its entities and international investments”.

“This strategic movement within our leadership team was endorsed by the board of directors to enhance the progress of all entities as SkyWest, Inc. continues to grow,” explained Jerry Atkin. “Brad’s immense experience, passion and dedication to all SkyWest stakeholders make him the ideal candidate for the additional responsibilities associated with his new role.”

Atkin continued, “We have a rich talent pool at all entities, and part of our renewed focus will be to effectively tap into that talent to ensure SkyWest, Inc. continues to create the best value in the business for our employees, our customers, and all stakeholders.”

As president, Rich will oversee the strategic development and operational and financial performance for all of the entities and investments associated with SkyWest, Inc. Russell “Chip” Childs, president and COO of SkyWest Airlines, and Brad Holt, president and COO of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, will report directly to Rich.

Additionally, as part of the restructuring, SkyWest, Inc. has appointed Wade Steel as vice-president–controller of SkyWest Airlines and Kevin Wade as vice president–controller of Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

In his new role as chief financial officer and treasurer, Kraupp will oversee structured finance, fleet planning, information technology, investor and banking relations, benefits, risk management, and overall treasury functions. He reports to Rich.

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