New CEO for Air Wisconsin

Air Wisconsin Airlines
Corporation has announced that it has hired James P. Rankin as
President and CEO.Rankin is currently President and CEO of Skyway
Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Midwest Air Group, Inc.
  “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Jim’s caliber joining Air
Wisconsin,” said Patrick J. Thompson, the company’s current CEO. “Jim is a
strong leader with great operational and business acumen. When we join Jim
with our CFO, Christine Deister, and the other officers of Air Wisconsin,
we believe we have a leadership team that can take Air Wisconsin to new
heights.”
  Rankin has been with Midwest Air Group since first joining Skyway as a
pilot in 1990. Within a few years, he moved through the positions of Chief
Pilot and Director of Operations at Skyway before moving to Midwest Express
Airlines in 1995. In addition to his current position as President and CEO
of Skyway, Rankin also holds the position of Senior Vice President and
General Manager of Midwest Airlines Saver Service, Midwest’s lower fare
leisure product.
  Rankin said, “I am very excited about joining Air Wisconsin Airlines, a
company with a rich and distinguished heritage, and I look forward to
working with AWAC’s 2,300 plus employees to further position the company
for growth in the highly-competitive airline industry.”
  Rankin holds a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College as well as an
M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He will
assume his new position August 1.
  Rankin will succeed Thompson, who took over as interim CEO in April
after AWAC’s long-time CEO, Geoffrey Crowley, left the position to head up
an investment company owned by AWAC’s shareholders. Thompson will rejoin
William Jordan as the company’s Vice Chairmen.
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