Breaking Travel News

America West Announces Executive Reorganization

America West Airlines today
announced that Travis Christ has been promoted to vice president,
marketing; Kara Gin has been promoted to vice president, financial
planning and analysis; and Paul Lambert has been promoted to vice
president, corporate real estate. Christ and Gin replace Ken Feldman and
J.R. Wilson, respectively, who have announced plans to leave America West.
The airline also announced it has named Ron Cole to the position of vice
president, customers and inflight services and Joette Schmidt to the
position of vice president, sales. With today’s announcement, the number
of corporate officers at the airline increases by one.“We are delighted to welcome each of these individuals to their new
positions. Each has displayed outstanding technical expertise and
exceptional leadership skills, and it is a pleasure to see each of them
assume more responsibilities,” said Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

Christ, 34, joined America West in 1997 as manager, route planning and
scheduling. He currently serves as president, America West Vacations and
has also held the positions of senior director, national sales and
director, capacity planning. Prior to joining America West, Christ held
the position of manager, government affairs, and senior analyst, route
planning and scheduling with Houston-based Continental Airlines. Christ
began his aviation career with Dallas-based American Airlines in 1988 and
served in a variety of operational and staff support positions with that
airline through 1993. Christ holds a masters degree in business
administration from the American Graduate School of International
Management and a bachelor of arts degree in economics and public policy
from George Washington University. In his new position, Christ will report
to Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Scott Kirby, and will
oversee the airline’s advertising, business development, frequent flyer
and partner marketing initiatives. He also will continue to oversee
America West Vacations.

Cole, 55, has been with America West since 1996 when he joined the airline
as vice president of sales. Cole’s aviation career includes 21 years at
Dallas-based American Airlines where he held a variety of positions,
including regional manager of northern California and country sales
manager for Canada. Cole also worked for American Airlines’ codeshare
partner Reno Air, serving as vice president, marketing and sales. In his
new position, Cole will report to Senior Vice President, Customer Service
Anthony Mule. He will oversee the airline’s 2,500 flight attendants and
inflight products and services, including the airline’s new buy-on-board
food service. He will also oversee the airline’s customer relations team
and serve as the airline’s customer advocate.

Gin, 33, has served in a variety of capacities since joining America West
in 1996 as a senior analyst in the airline’s financial planning and
analysis department. Prior positions held at America West include manager
of financial planning, manager of flight profitability, director of
financial planning and senior director, distribution. She currently
oversees the airline’s call centers located in Phoenix and Reno, Nev., and
also manages the airline’s relationships with its distribution partners,
including its primary global distribution system, Electronic Data Systems
(EDS). Gin holds a bachelor of science in business from Indiana
University. Prior to joining America West, Gin was a commercial credit
officer with First Chicago NBD in Indianapolis. As vice president,
financial planning and analysis, Gin will be responsible for the airline’s
operating and capital financial planning processes, as well as fleet,
labor and airline profitability analysis.

Lambert, 42, joined America West in 2001 as senior director, legal affairs
and currently serves as senior director and associate general counsel.
Prior to joining America West, from 1993 to 2001 he was vice president and
associate general counsel of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Franchise Finance
Corporation of America. From 1987 to 1993, Lambert practiced law at the
Phoenix-based law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Lambert holds a juris doctor
from Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor of science degree in
economics from Brigham Young University. In his new position, Lambert will
report to Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Joe Beery,
and will assume the new responsibilities of overseeing the acquisition and
disposition of the airline’s corporate real estate and the development and
construction of all improvements to the airline’s properties and
facilities. Also in conjunction with his new position, Lambert was
recently elected by the Board of Directors of the Arizona Fueling
Facilities Corporation (AFFC), as president of that corporation. The AFFC,
which is owned by America West and 13 other airlines operating at Phoenix
Sky Harbor International Airport, owns and operates all of the fueling
facilities supporting Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. As president of the AFFC
Lambert will be responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day
operations and affairs of the AFFC.


Schmidt, 46, joined America West in 1996 and has served in a variety of
positions, including senior director, passenger sales, and vice president,
customers. Schmidt’s aviation experience includes eight years with
American Airlines, where she served in a variety of capacities including
managing director, sales and marketing. She was a sales representative for
Pacific Southwest Airlines between 1985 and 1988. Schmidt sits on several
Boards including the Arizona Humane Society and the Tempe Chamber of
Commerce. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business
administration from the University of Phoenix. In her new position,
Schmidt will report to Kirby, and will oversee the airline’s sales
programs, including corporate travel sales and travel agencies.