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US Airways announces leadership promotions, Elise Eberwein executive VP of HR

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Tempe, Ariz., USA - September 11, 2009, Tempe, Ariz., USA - US Airways announced that it has promoted four members of its management team to the vice president level.



Terri Pope was promoted from managing director, airport customer service / Charlotte (CLT) hub to vice president, airport customer service / CLT hub. Ms. Pope began her career at US Airways working for Air Kentucky Airlines, an Allegheny commuter carrier. Over the course of her 33 years in the airline industry, she has held a variety of positions at US Airways in airport customer service.

Ms. Pope worked her way up within the airline, serving in various management roles at New York's LaGuardia Airport, West Palm Beach, Fla. and Washington, D.C.'s Reagan National Airport. She was promoted to oversee the CLT hub in 2000. This summer, the Charlotte Business Journal recognized Ms. Pope one of the top 25 business women in the Charlotte community.

Kevin Brickner was promoted from managing director, integration and compliance to vice president, technical services. A 14-year veteran of US Airways, Mr. Brickner began his career as a financial analyst in 1996, and then moved into technical operations where he quickly excelled through the leadership ranks. During the America West-US Airways merger, he held the critical role of managing director, technical operations integration.

Following integration of the operating certificate and the technical operations organization, Mr. Brickner transitioned to a new role as managing director, aircraft acquisitions and returns. Mr. Brickner received both his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Paul Jones was promoted from managing director and associate general counsel to vice president, legal affairs. Mr. Jones joined US Airways in 2007 from Federal Express Corporation, where for 10 years he held senior attorney and lead counsel positions. Prior to joining FedEx, he was a partner at Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta law firm where he specialized in labor relations and employment law. Since joining US Airways, he has been instrumental in working with the airline's labor relations team to achieve single agreements with the fleet service and maintenance employee workgroups.

Mr. Jones and the team of lawyers he leads also work with US Airways' human resources department, providing legal advice and guidance on employee relations matters. Mr. Jones earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Howard Kass was promoted from managing director and associate general counsel to vice president, legal affairs. Mr. Kass left the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to join US Airways in 2003. He had held deputy director and director positions with the TSA, where he helped develop TSA policies for the distribution of federal funds to the airline industry.

Prior to the TSA, Mr. Kass was a senior associate with the management consulting firm Booz, Allen, Hamilton in McLean, Va. He was also a consultant with GKMG Consulting Services where he advised airport and transportation industry clients on Department of Transportation and FAA regulations. Mr. Howard earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University.

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