Published on : Friday, November 8, 2019
Alaska Air Group announced today three key leadership advancements to position Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air for future growth and success: Ben Minicucci, as president of Alaska, will be responsible for all commercial and operational duties including rollout and execution of the company’s strategic plan; Gary Beck becomes Alaska’s executive vice president and chief operating officer; and Joe Sprague returns to Air Group in the role of president of Horizon. All appointments are effective immediately.
Brad Tilden, chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group said that together, these talented executives bring more than four decades of expertise working across a wide variety of divisions at Air Group.
As president of Alaska, Minicucci is responsible for both operations and commercial functions, and will execute on the company’s strategic plan including a focus on Alaska’s network, flight schedule, sales, revenue management, safety and operations, marketing and real estate. He has served in various roles of increasing responsibility since joining Alaska in 2004 as staff vice president of maintenance. Minicucci was promoted to president and chief operating officer in 2016. Since 2017, he has led Alaska’s integration with Virgin America, which is nearly complete.
Beck returns to Alaska as executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the ground and in the air. For the last two years, he has served as president and chief executive officer of Horizon, Alaska’s regional partner. Prior to that tenure, he was vice president of Alaska’s flight operations division from 2008 to 2015. Beck will report directly to Minicucci.
With Beck’s move back to Alaska, Joe Sprague has been elected the new president of Horizon. Sprague is an admired, highly capable veteran of Alaska Air Group who will continue the forward momentum for the airline. He will report directly to Tilden. Sprague retired from Alaska in 2017 after serving at the company for 17 years in a variety of leadership positions, including senior vice president of external relations, vice president of marketing and vice president of Alaska Air Cargo.