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¦ SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest Inc., is pleased to name David W. Faddis as director of its enhanced SkyWest operations safety and compliance department, effective March 10. In the new role, he will be responsible for all safety and security programs, auditing and compliance throughout the airline’s operation, including flight operations, maintenance, ground operations and passenger safety.

¦ Sun Country Airlines announced Stan Gadek will be joining the airline as CEO/president. Gadek comes to Sun Country from AirTran where he held the position of senior vice president finance and CFO since 2000.

¦ Airport operator BAA has announced that its chief executive officer, Stephen Nelson, is to leave the company. Colin Matthews is to take over Nelson’s position, effective April 1. Matthews has previously been employed as chief executive officer of water group Severn Trent and as an executive at British Airways.

¦ John Dasburg, chairman, chief executive officer and president of ASTAR Air Cargo, announced the promotion of Kenneth “Rob” Miller to managing director employee relations. Miller, who has been with ASTAR since 2003, has had key roles at ASTAR in finance and human resources where he currently serves as director, employee relations. Miller will be based at ASTAR’s operations base in Wilmington, Ohio.

¦ Northwest Airlines reported March 21 that it has promoted Richard B. Hirst to the positions of senior vice president of corporate affairs and general counsel, reporting directly to the airline’s President and CEO Doug Steenland. In the extended role that Hirst now has, he will look after the airline’s legal affairs as well as remaining the reporting contact for the internal and external communication functions.

¦ Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. announced that Assistant General Counsel Matt Henry has been promoted to vice president and general counsel, and Frontier’s current Vice President and Chief Information Officer Gerry Coady has been promoted to senior vice president and CIO. Henry’s promotion followed the immediate departure of David Sislowski, formerly Frontier’s senior vice president and general counsel, who is leaving Frontier to pursue other opportunities. Sislowski’s departure and both promotions were effective March 7, 2008. Henry has been Frontier’s senior corporate counsel since February 2003, and Coady joined Frontier in May 2007.

¦ The Transportation Security Administration announced the appointment of Douglas Hofsass as general manager, Commercial Airports Security Division, Transportation Sector Network Management. In his previous capacity, Hofsass was the federal security director at LaGuardia Airport, New York City, where he also oversaw TSA security operations at Long Island MacArthur (Islip) Airport, Westchester County Airport and the Manhattan heliports for the past two years. In his new position, Hofsass will be responsible for building strong security networks with commercial airports nationwide.

¦ United Airlines appointed
P. Douglas McKeen as senior vice president—labor relations. McKeen, an employment lawyer and highly regarded labor negotiator, joins United with more than 20 years of airline labor relations and human resources experience. At United, McKeen will oversee all labor relations functions and will report to Pete McDonald, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

¦ Delta Air Lines has named Tony Charaf as president of Delta TechOps, the airline’s maintenance division. The airline has also promoted John Laughter to the role of senior vice president of maintenance operations. In addition, the airline revealed that Neil Stronach has been promoted to senior vice president of operations control. Gil West has also been named as the company’s new senior vice president for airport customer service, effective March 10.
¦ The Transportation Security Administration announced the selection of Daniel E. Liddell as the federal security director for Syracuse Hancock International Airport. As the FSD, he will oversee all TSA operations at Syracuse Hancock and operations at Binghamton, Ithaca, Watertown, Ogdensburg, Massena and Rome airports, all in New York.

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