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Alaska Air announces new CFO

By Jade Cooper
Alaska Air
Photo by Miguel Ángel Sanz on Unsplash

Alaska Air Group announced today that Brandon Pedersen, the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2010, plans to retire on March 2. Shane Tackett, currently Alaska's executive vice president of planning and strategy will succeed Pedersen.

Brad Tilden, chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group thanked Pederson for his “fastactic service to Alaska”, further stating that he had done an extraordinary job in the role.

Pedersen joined Alaska in 2003 as vice president of finance and controller and was promoted to CFO in May 2010. During his tenure as CFO, Alaska acquired Virgin America Inc., fortified its balance sheet, and initiated a dividend that has grown every year since 2013.

Shane Tackett has worked at the airline for 20 years, and has led in many different areas across the company. He was promoted to executive vice president of planning and strategy in 2018, leading Alaska's labor relations team, which he will continue to lead as CFO.

"We're extremely lucky to have someone of Shane's caliber who's ready to succeed Brandon," said Tilden.

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