Over 200 years of Aviation, Safety, and Airline Experience

 

Dave Pflieger Full Bio

President & CEO

Dave Pflieger brings over three decades of aviation experience to Ravn. His award-winning career includes prior positions as the CEO of Fiji Airways, Silver Airways and most recently of Island Air, Larry Ellison’s privately held airline in Hawaii. Dave was also a founding officer and senior executive at Virgin America, and held senior management roles in operations, safety and legal at Delta Air Lines. While at Delta, Dave Pflieger was also a B757/767 and B737 pilot. Dave graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the United States Air Force as a B-52 instructor pilot and a C-130 pilot. He holds a JD (with distinction) and an MBA from Emory University.

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Derek Shanks

Chief Commercial Officer

With over twenty-five years of experience in the airline and global travel industry, Derek Shanks played key roles at a number of different airlines, in addition to building his own consulting company focused on international sales and distribution within the hotel, car rental, and airline industry. Prior to striking out on his own, Derek was president of the world’s leading sales and marketing travel representation company, Discover the World Marketing, where he was responsible for increasing client revenues from a global network of offices in over 40 countries. Derek started his career in the United Kingdom with Thomson Holidays (TUI) before joining British Airways, where he was involved in their tour operating division. Derek has lived and worked in six countries, and he and his family are greatly looking forward to getting to know Alaska.

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Len Sloper

SVP of Airports, Cargo, & Real Estate

Len Sloper, who grew up in Juneau, Alaska, brings to Ravn over twenty-five years of aviation operations experience and has worked for major carriers such Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Fiji Airways. He has also served as a consultant to the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Before leaving Alaska Airlines, Len was the General Manager of its Los Angeles station, the company’s second largest operation.

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Steve Jackson

Chief Financial Officer

Steve Jackson, a former resident of Anchorage, Alaska for more than twenty years. Is a CPA and former KPMG partner, has extensive experience in the aviation industry and has held CFO roles at four different airlines including Mesa Air Group, Reno Air, Hawaiian Airlines, and ERA Aviation which later became a part of Ravn. Throughout his career, Steve has demonstrated a tireless work ethic and proven track record of dramatically improving airlines and other organizations.

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Wendy Yow

SVP of Human Resources

A seven-year veteran of Ravn, Wendy Yow has over twenty years of experience as an HR professional at different companies in Alaska. She has earned both a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA with a focus in HR management. She also has CHRM and CELS certifications.

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George Nichols

Chief Information Officer

George Nichols has nearly thirty years’ experience in information technology, infrastructure and operations, the last ten of which were at companies such as American Airlines, Envoy, Brinks, Cadbury Schwepps, and most recently, as Vice President of Information Technology at Hawaii Island Air, the wholly owned airline of Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle. George is also a decorated military veteran who served in the U.S. Army.

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Deke Abbott

SVP of Flight Operations

A highly experienced airline Captain/Chief Pilot, Flight Instructor, and government manager, Deke Abbot joins Ravn from the FAA, where over nearly the last decade, he was responsible for both operational oversight of Part 135 carriers as well as setting operating policy for U.S. Part 121 airlines. While at the FAA, Deke was the acting Deputy Regional Administrator for Alaska. Additionally, while at the FAA, he also held positions as acting Flight Standards Deputy Division Manager for Alaska and Branch Manager, AFS-220. Abbott is an FAA licensed multi-engine airline transport pilot, commercial pilot and certified flight instructor. Prior to his tenure at the FAA, he was a Captain and Chief Pilot for Comair, Inc., a FAR Part 121 air carrier. A combat decorated United States Marine; Deke was a member of 2nd ANGLICO (Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company) and served as a Firepower Control Team Chief. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Member of the Royal Air Force Club in London, England. Deke holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

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Mark Swearingin

SVP of Technical Operations

Mark Swearingin has more than 37 years of executive experience working with major airlines, aviation companies, and air cargo carriers such as Atlas Air Cargo, Air Canada, SH&E, Midwest Airlines, US Airways and UPS.

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Mark McGeorge

VP of Safety

Mark McGeorge brings to Ravn nearly 30 years of experience in aviation, flying operations, safety, and compliance. Mark is a former Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and was a notable F-15 instructor pilot, as well as a training expert.

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