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Alaska Air Group appoints Ray Conner to board

Staff Writer |
Seattle, Wash., USA - Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air, announces the appointment of Ray Conner to the company's board of directors.

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Mr. Conner is retired president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and former vice chairman of The Boeing Company.

Mr. Conner brings over 40 years of global leadership experience to the Seattle-based airline's board, having served as Boeing's most senior executive in the Pacific Northwest until his retirement in 2017.

He will serve on the Board's Safety Committee.

Mr. Conner started working on the 727 line as a mechanic in 1977, helping to pay his way through college.

From there, Mr. Conner rose through the ranks initially becoming Boeing Commercial Airplane's sales director for Thailand followed by various other management positions including: vice president of the Propulsion Systems Division, vice president and general manager of the 747 program, vice president of Asia/Pacific Sales for Commercial Airplanes, vice president of Sales for the Americas and vice president and general manager of Supply Chain Management.

Most recently, as president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, he was responsible for delivering on a record backlog and overseeing the growth of its airplane programs and services.

Mr. Conner holds a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University and a master's from the University of Puget Sound.


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