Alaska Air Group.
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.