Alaska Airlines board elects three VPs

Board of directors of Alaska Airlines has announced it has elected three new company officers: Constance von Muehlen, senior vice president of maintenance and engineering; Ron Calvin, vice president of inflight; and Jenny Wetzel, vice president of labor relations, the company said.

von Muehlen will lead Alaska´s maintenance and engineering employees, and all safety, compliance and operational performance of the airline´s mainline Boeing and Airbus fleet. Most recently, von Muehlen led Horizon Air´s operational performance strategy as the airline´s chief operating officer, where she oversaw the customer service, inflight, pilot, maintenance and system operations control teams.

Calvin is an Alaska Airlines veteran with more than 32 years of service. In his new role, he´ll provide strategic and operational leadership for the inflight division.

Calvin joined the company in 1986 as a customer service agent. Over the following years, he was promoted to various positions at the airline in California, Seattle and Washington, D.C. He became Alaska´s managing director of inflight operations in 2012, responsible for nearly 6,000 flight attendants and overseeing a leadership team of 60 employees.

As vice president of labor relations, Wetzel will serve as the strategic executive advisor on all labor relations efforts. She will be responsible for all labor matters at Alaska Airlines and lead the collective bargaining process for the airline. She joins Alaska Airlines from Kaiser Permanente.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.