Northwest Airlines has announced several executive appointments resulting
from the resignation of a key officer who will depart the airline now
that the company’s restructuring process has been successfully
completed.Phil Haan, executive vice president - international, alliances &
information technology and chairman - NWA Cargo, has announced his
intention to leave Northwest effective July 31, 2007. Haan is
Northwest’s longest tenured officer, having joined the company as vice
president - revenue management in April 1991. Prior to joining
Northwest, Haan spent nine years at American Airlines.
“Now that we have successfully guided Northwest through this
restructuring process, and with 25 years experience in the airline
industry, I am ready for new challenges,” Haan said. Commenting on
Haan’s career, Doug Steenland, Northwest president and chief executive
officer said, “Phil has been a critical member of the senior
management team for the past 16 years. He led Northwest’s Asia/Pacific
business during an exceptionally tumultuous decade and transformed the
business into a successful, profitable enterprise. Phil played key
roles in building our very successful joint venture across the
Atlantic with KLM. He has also left an indelible mark on many other
functions within the company through innovation and application of
technology. We will miss Phil’s global strategic perspective; we wish
him well and thank him for his numerous contributions to Northwest
Neal Cohen, who currently serves as executive vice president and
chief financial officer, has been named executive vice president -
strategy, international and chief executive officer - regional
airlines. In his new role, Cohen will have lead responsibility for
strategy development, will manage NWA’s international passenger and
cargo businesses as well as oversee NWA’s wholly-owned regional
carriers. Cohen will continue to report to Steenland.
“Neal was very instrumental in the company’s successful
restructuring efforts and is extremely knowledgeable with all aspects
of Northwest’s business portfolio,” Steenland said. “His creativity
and broad strategic leadership skills make him ideally suited to take
on this challenging role as we strive to excel in the highly
competitive international sector.”
Dave Davis, senior vice president - finance and controller, has
been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer,
replacing Cohen. He will report to Steenland. Davis rejoined Northwest
in August 2005 after serving as chief financial officer at US Airways.
“Dave Davis is a seasoned finance expert and was a key participant
in the successful restructuring of our business. We are fortunate to
have a very capable internal successor who will continue to lead all
aspects of financial management for the airline,” Steenland continued.
In addition to financial planning, accounting, tax, treasury, fuel
and fleet planning, Davis will also have responsibility for managing
facilities and airport affairs which had previously reported to
Theresa Wise, currently chief information officer, has been
promoted to senior vice president and chief information officer,
reporting directly to Steenland.
Cohen rejoined Northwest in May 2005 and was appointed Northwest’s
executive vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, he
was executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer
for US Airways from April 2002 to April 2004. Prior to his position at
US Airways, Cohen served as chief financial officer for various
service and financial organizations.
From 1991 to 2000, Cohen held a number of senior marketing and
finance positions at Northwest Airlines, including senior vice
president and treasurer, and vice president, market planning. Prior to
joining Northwest, he spent seven years at General Motors’ New York
City treasurer’s office.
Cohen has master of business administration and bachelor degrees
from the University of Chicago.
Prior to rejoining Northwest as senior vice president - finance
and controller, Davis served as the chief financial officer of
Houston-based KRATON Polymers, LLC. He has also been executive vice
president - finance and chief financial officer of US Airways where he
led the company’s finance functions, fleet planning, purchasing,
information technology, corporate real estate, investor relations and
In addition to his positions at KRATON and US Airways, Davis
served as vice president - financial planning and analysis for Budget
Group, Inc. as well as key finance positions at both Delta Air Lines
and Northwest Airlines.
Davis holds a master of business administration degree and a
bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the
University of Minnesota.
Wise was appointed vice president - information services in
October 2001. She joined Northwest in 1993 and prior to her
appointment as vice president - information services, was managing
director - information services.
Wise graduated from St. Olaf College with a bachelor of arts
degree in mathematics and chemistry. She holds a doctorate and a
master of science degree in operations research and applied math from