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John F. Kelly, 58, the chairman of Alaska Air Group (ALK:NYSE), officially retired recently at the conclusion of the company's annual shareholders' meeting. Kelly's successor is William S. Ayer, 48, president and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and president, chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines. Ayer also assumes Kelly's responsibilities as chairman of Horizon Air Inc. Jeffrey D. Pinneo, president and chief executive officer of Horizon, will report to Ayer. Ayer became president of Alaska Air Group and chairman of Alaska Airlines in February. Prior to that he served Alaska Airlines as president and CEO. He was elected to the board of directors of Alaska Air Group in 1999. Before coming to Alaska, he was Horizon Air's senior vice president of operations and, prior to that, held several positions with the airline's marketing department, including vice president of marketing and planning. Mary Jane Fate, 69, is retiring from the board of directors after nearly 25 years of service. A member of the board's compensation committee, Fate is the general manager of a family business in Fairbanks and serves as commissioner of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission under an appointment by President George W. Bush.
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Title Annotation:Right Moves
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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