Horizon Air names new VP flight operations and new VP of finance and planning

Horizon Air´s board of directors have elected Captain John Hornibrook vice president of flight operations and Brooke Vatheuer vice president of finance and planning, the company said.

Hornibrook will oversee Horizon´s 700 line pilots and system operations center. A 26-year Alaska Airlines pilot with 16,000 hours of flight time, Hornibrook has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility.

Most recently, he served as managing director of flight operations at Virgin America, overseeing integration efforts with Alaska. As system chief pilot and managing director of line flying at Alaska for five years, he oversaw more than 1,800 line pilots across four bases along the West Coast and Anchorage, Alaska.

As vice president of finance and planning, Vatheuer will be responsible for Horizon´s financial planning and analysis, forecasting, business strategy and execution, process management, process improvement and employee communications activities.

Most recently, Vatheuer served as managing director at Alaska — overseeing internal audit and enterprise risk management for both Alaska and Horizon. Vatheuer joined Alaska Airlines in 2007 in the internal audit department and served as internal auditor, lead internal auditor, internal audit manager and director of internal audit.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide.