Alaska Airlines names new CIO
Alaska Airlines Board of Directors named Charu Jain Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Alaska Airlines and Chris Berry Vice President of Finance and Controller of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group.
Jain comes to the airline from IBM Global Business Services, where she led the team helping American Airlines integrate its IT systems. Prior to that she worked 20 years at United Airlines in progressive roles from programmer to senior managing director of airline operations technology and technology integration before leaving the company in 2012. As Alaska's CIO, Jain will lead a department of more than 400 information technology professionals.
"Charu's experience as both an airline executive and consultant is perfectly suited to help Air Group successfully integrate Virgin America from a technology standpoint," said Brandon Pedersen, Alaska Airlines Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO. "Throughout her 24-year career, Charu has been able to blend thoughtful leadership with a focus on results and we're excited to have her onboard."
Berry joined Alaska Airlines in 2005 as director of financial reporting. He later was promoted to managing director of investor relations, and then to managing director of accounting and Alaska Air Group controller. In addition to his success as a financial leader, Berry championed several highly-acclaimed initiatives to deepen employee understanding of the financial aspects of the airline industry. Before joining Alaska, Berry worked in public accounting for Arthur Andersen and KPMG.
"Chris has done excellent work over the course of his career. He embodies our corporate leadership principles, especially his 'roll-up-your-sleeves' style of working with his team and unwavering integrity," said Pedersen. "His promotion reflects his outstanding achievements, and the new complexity of his role following our merger with Virgin America."
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