Alaska Airlines names EVP of planning/strategy

Alaska Airlines has announced the promotion of Shane Tackett to the position of executive vice president of planning and strategy, the company said.

Tackett will lead the newly created division within the airline as it moves to the next phase of its strategy of refining and optimizing the market and financial performance of its expanded route network following Alaska´s 2016 acquisition of Virgin America.

Tackett, an 18-year veteran of Alaska, will oversee financial planning and analysis, revenue analysis, e-commerce and business transformation. He will also lead the labor relations team.

Tackett previously served as the airline´s senior vice president of revenue and e-commerce. He began his career with Alaska Airlines in 2000 as an analyst and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of revenue management and e-commerce and previously vice president of labor relations. Most recently he championed the airline´s introduction of Premium Class.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 116 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.