“We’re delighted to welcome someone with such a strong commitment and connection to the state of Alaska,” company President Brad Tilden said. “Marilyn cares deeply about the communities in Alaska and brings a wealth of experience and savvy leadership to this position. We look forward to her overseeing public affairs activities and continuing the special relationship we have with residents in the state where our airline was born.”
Romano has worked at the Daily News-Miner throughout her nearly two decades as an Alaska resident and became the newspaper’s publisher and first female executive in 2000. She also serves as vice president of the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
Active in Fairbanks, Romano serves on the boards of United Way and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and is chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community Advisory Council. Romano also serves on Community Advisory boards for Alaska Airlines and the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks.
In 2005, she received the Golden Heart Award given by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to UAF. Under Romano’s direction, the Daily News-Miner has provided financial support to the university’s journalism and athletics departments and the UAF Museum. Extending her role on campus, she has taught UAF students about marketing and customer service and has spoken to many political science classes.
Romano joins Alaska Airlines in conjunction with the retirement of Bill MacKay, the carrier’s senior vice president – Alaska, this fall.