Ravn Recruits Top Airline Professionals

Anchorage, Alaska – Ravn Air Group (“Ravn”), Alaska’s leading regional air transportation and logistics company, announced that, effective immediately, it has reorganized its senior management team and installed a simpler and more efficient leadership structure following its successful recruitment of some of the airline industry’s most seasoned and successful professionals.

Ravn’s leadership reorganization will simplify the Air Group’s multi-layered executive management by eliminating several senior roles, and replacing them with a single, group-level officer team that will oversee FAA-approved leaders as well as managing the company’s three separate airlines: Hageland Aviation, Corvus Airlines, and Frontier Flying Services.

The corporate reorganization and recruitment efforts were led by Dave Pflieger, Ravn’s recently-appointed president and CEO.

“Operating with a ‘one company’ mindset, instead of three, will turbo-charge Ravn’s ability to capitalize on the vast potential of Alaska’s transportation and logistics market, drive a safety-first and customer-focused culture, and help our team create a world-class airline,” said Pflieger.

Members of Ravn’s newly-constituted executive team are:

– Steve Jackson, Chief Financial Officer
– George Snyder, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Safety
– Len Sloper, Senior Vice President, Airports, Cargo and Real Estate
– George Nichols, Chief Information Officer
– Wendy Yow, Vice President, Human Resources

Rounding out the airline’s new executive team will be a Chief Commercial Officer, for whom the company is actively recruiting.

“Ravn has an Alaska-proud past tied to an incredibly bright future. While I have no doubt that our new world-class leadership team will take us to even greater heights, I also want to extend Ravn’s thanks to our outgoing executives from Corvus, Hageland and Frontier. Our company is extremely grateful for their hard work, dedication and assistance during this leadership transition. Mr. Jim Hajdukovich, Mr. Jim Hickerson, Mr. John Hajdukovich, and Mr. Walter Dallis, all played key roles in getting us where we are today,” said Pflieger.

Ravn Air Group is owned by investment affiliates of private equity firms J.F. Lehman & Company and W Capital Partners, with one of the company’s original founders, the Hajdukovich family, retaining a minority interest.

About Ravn Air Group
Ravn Air Group is a leading provider of regional air transportation and logistics services in Alaska. Headquartered in Anchorage and supported by over 1,000 employees, Ravn utilizes its fleet of over 70 aircraft to provide passenger, mail, freight, and charter customers air transportation and logistics services to over 100 destinations throughout Alaska.

Media contact: 
William Walsh, Ravn Alaska                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               William.Walsh@FlyRavn.com

Editor’s notes:
About Steve Jackson
Steve, a former resident of Anchorage, Alaska for more than twenty years and a licensed CPA, 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.

About George Snyder
Captain Snyder is a highly experienced airline pilot and airline safety executive who worked for U.S. Airways, Korean Airlines, and a number of other airlines around the world. He has over 12,000 hours of flight time in aircraft including the MD-80, B757, and B-767. His specialties in the airline industry are in operations, safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. He has been recognized for his contributions to global aviation safety by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Republic of Korea, and the International Air Transport Association
(IATA). Prior to joining Ravn, Captain Snyder was the Chairman and CEO of the GHS Aviation Group, one of only seven IATA accredited airline safety auditing teams in the world.

About Len Sloper
Len, who grew up in Juneau, Alaska, brings to Ravn over twenty-five years of aviation operations experience and has worked for major carriers and airports such Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Fiji Airways, and 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.

About George Nichols
George 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.

About Wendy Yow
A seven-year veteran of Ravn, Wendy 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.