Retired Boeing executive brings 40 years of global experience to Alaska Air Group Board

Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air, announced the appointment of Ray Conner, retired president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and former vice chairman of The Boeing company, to the company´s board of directors, the company said.

Conner brings over 40 years of global leadership experience to the Seattle-based airline´s board, having served as Boeing´s most senior executive in the Pacific Northwest until his retirement in 2017.

Conner started working on the 727 line as a mechanic in 1977, helping to pay his way through college. From there, he rose through the ranks initially becoming Boeing Commercial Airplane´s sales director for Thailand followed by various other management positions including: vice president of the Propulsion Systems Division, vice president and general manager of the 747 program, vice president of Asia/Pacific Sales for Commercial Airplanes, vice president of Sales for the Americas and vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Management.

Alaska Air Group has been recognized for its diversity, with women holding 40 percent of the seats on its board of directors. Directors serve one-year terms and the company´s bylaws require annual elections of all board members.

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