US Airways announced today that it has filled three key vice president positions, Corporate Affairs, Inflight and Flight Operations.
Christopher L. Chiames has been named US Airways senior vice president - corporate affairs and will be responsible for the company’s government relations and corporate communications functions, including media and employee communications. Chiames’ position is effective May 20, 2002.
Sharon R. Hendry becomes vice president of inflight, effective June 3, 2002, filling a vacant position, and Edward W. Bular becomes vice president of flight operations, effective May 31, 2002, with the retirement of his predecessor.
Chiames, who has spent more than 11 years in the airline business, most recently led Burson-Marsteller’s transportation and tourism public affairs practice as managing director. Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Chiames served for five years as managing director of public relations at American Airlines. Chiames also held key government affairs and communications positions with the airline industry’s trade group, the Air Transport Association. He began his professional career as press secretary to former House Majority Whip Tony Coelho.
“Chris brings with him many years of communications and government affairs experience and I am delighted that he is joining us at this crucial period for the company,” said US Airways President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Siegel.
Chiames holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, a master of arts degree in Journalism Science from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, with a minor in business, from California State University, Fresno.
As vice president inflight, Hendry will be responsible for the company’s flight attendants, and dining and cabin services.
Hendry, an industry veteran, has held various airline senior-level management positions in inflight, operations, customer service and human resources. Prior to joining US Airways, Hendry was vice president of operations and customer service at Hallmark Aviation Services, where she was responsible for 22 domestic and international airline operations in the west. She also was vice president, inflight and customer services at Legend Airlines. Hendry began her airline career in 1969 as a flight attendant for Pacific Southwest Airlines and later became vice president for inflight and onboard services. She also served as base manager for US Airways in Charlotte, N.C., as well as a US Airways flight attendant.
“We are fortunate to have attracted a person with Sherry’s vast talent and expertise to fill this important position and we are delighted to welcome her to our management team,” said Siegel.
Hendry holds a bachelors degree in business administration from National University, San Diego, Calif.
In his new position as vice president of flight operations, Captain Bular will be responsible for the company’s flight operations, including flight training and flight technical publications.
Bular, who has been with US Airways since 1980, started as a pilot based in Pittsburgh. In his more than 21 years at US Airways, he held various management positions at the Pittsburgh hub, including assistant chief pilot for the Boeing 767, international check airman, manager of flight training, and Boeing 737-300 senior check airman. Most recently, he was US Airways’ senior director of fight operations.
“Captain Bular’s valued experience and accomplishments are recognized in his appointment to this position and we look forward to his growing contributions to our flight operation,” said Siegel.
Bular holds a bachelor of science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.