Hawaiian AirlinesHawaiian Airlines Inc. today named a new president and chief operating officer to run the day-to-day business of the airline beginning Jan. 1.
names president with
wide aviation expertise
Dunkerley, 38, rose through the ranks
with British Airways
He is Mark B. Dunkerley, 38, a British-born American with wide international aviation experience in a career that has included airport management as well as top airline jobs. He is also a licensed commercial pilot, according to a statement issued by Hawaiian.
Dunkerley's most recent post was at Sabena Airlines Group, based in Brussels, Belgium, where he was chief operating officer from mid-2001 until April of this year. His main airline jobs were in his 10 years at British Airways, where he rose through the executive ranks to become senior vice president for its Latin American and Caribbean division in 1997.
In 1999 and 2000 he was president and COO at Dallas-based airport ground services provider Worldwide Flight Services
Hawaiian has spent about half of this year in an executive search, as the airline charged ahead with changes after the proposed merger with competitor Aloha Airlines was dropped.
In April, Robert Zoller, who was president and COO, left the company, and in June, Paul Casey, vice chairman and chief executive officer, also left.
Casey had inherited the president's title. After he left, John Adams, chairman of the board and head of the investor group that controls Hawaiian, became chairman, president and CEO.
Adams told Hawaiian's shareholders at their annual meeting in late August that he had narrowed his executive search to one candidate with international experience but declined to name him.
Hawaiian said Dunkerley will be responsible for all of its operating departments, including sales, personnel, flight operations, airport services, maintenance, crew scheduling and systems control.
Adams described him as an executive with a "hands-on leadership style" and a successful track record of improving operational and financial performance."
In a statement sent out by Hawaiian management, Dunkerley called Hawaiian "a diamond in the rough" that can be shaped into "one of the world's great airlines."
Hawaiian, which replaced its interisland fleet last year will all-new Boeing 717-200 jets, is nearing the end of a switch of its long-haul fleet to new Boeing 767-300ER wide-body planes.
Hawaiian flies mainland-Hawaii and Hawaii-South Pacific routes as well as its interisland routes.
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