Northwest Airlines today announced its new executive team structure following the
naming on Oct. 1 of Doug Steenland, president, to the additional position of
chief executive officer.“The executive management structure we are announcing today completes the
leadership transition announced last week. It will allow me to work closely
with our experienced management team as we continue to reshape Northwest for
success in a very dynamic marketplace,” Steenland said.
The new executive team reporting to Steenland includes:
—As announced last week, Andy Roberts, formerly senior vice president
of technical operations, who now becomes executive vice president of operations with responsibility for technical operations, engineering, flight operations/systems operations control, customer service and
—Tim Griffin, executive vice president of marketing and distribution,
who has assumed additional responsibility for sales and customer relations.
—Phil Haan, previously executive vice president of international,
sales, and information services, who is now executive vice president
of international, alliances and information technology. He also
becomes chairman of NWA Cargo. He is responsible for the airline’s
alliances, cargo, information services, and in-flight services
—Bernie Han, who continues as executive vice president and chief financial officer.
—Barry Simon, who will be joining Northwest on Oct. 20 as executive
vice president & general counsel. Simon will be responsible for the
airline’s legal, facilities and airport affairs functions.
—Mike Becker, senior vice president of human resources, Robert Brodin,
senior vice president of labor relations, Ken Hylander, chief safety
officer, Mary Carroll Linder, senior vice president of corporate and brand communications, and Andrea Fischer Newman, senior vice president
of government affairs.
“Our experienced management team will continue to implement the strategy
we have developed for Northwest’s success in this very challenging
environment,” Steenland added.
Last week, Northwest announced that Andy Roberts, senior vice president of
technical operations since August of 2001, would become executive vice
president of operations.
Roberts joined Northwest in September of 1997 as managing director of the
Minneapolis/St. Paul engine operation, where he had responsibility for the
airline’s large engine maintenance facility and technical support shops. He
later became vice president of materials management operations, where he was
responsible for the acquisition and distribution of the materials required by
the line and base maintenance organizations.
Prior to joining Northwest, Roberts held a variety of positions in the
aviation maintenance industry. He received an honors degree in engineering
production from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in
manufacturing engineering from Coventry City Polytechnic. He serves as
chairman of the board of Aeroexchange and serves on the board of Special
As a result of Roberts’ promotion, the following operations executives
have been given new duties:
—Kris Bauer has been named senior vice president of technical
operations and will report to Roberts. Bauer has been with Northwest
Airlines since 1996 and has held several management positions in
operations, planning and finance and most recently as vice president
of base maintenance operations. Kris obtained his Bachelor of Science
degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas and his
Masters of Business Administration at Cornell University.
—John Bendoraitis has been promoted to vice president and will replace Kris Bauer as vice president of base maintenance operations. John has
been with Northwest since 1984 and has held a number of management
positions, most recently as managing director, Minneapolis/St. Paul
line maintenance operations. John obtained his Bachelor of Arts
degree in business administration at Metropolitan State University and
his Masters of Business Administration at the University of St.
—Dale Wilkinson has been promoted to vice president of materials
management. Dale has been with Northwest since 1995 and has held
positions in technical procurement and contracting and most recently
as managing director of procurement and contracts for technical
operations and corporate purchasing. Dale obtained his Bachelor of
Arts in accounting from North Carolina State University and his
Masters of Business Administration from the University of North
Barry Simon joins Northwest from The Seabury Group, an investment bank and
consulting firm that specializes in the transportation industry, where he
served as managing director for the past year.
Previously, he was a senior executive at Continental Airlines and its
affiliated companies from 1982 until 2003. His responsibilities included
international, legal, and corporate development in addition to serving as
general counsel. He also served as general counsel for Teleprompter
Simon graduated magna*censored*laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor
of Arts degree and received his law degree from Yale University Law School.