January 29, 2018
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Ex-Boeing executive Ray Conner joins Alaska Air board

Ray Conner, the former head of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and the recently retired Boeing vice chairman, has been appointed to the board of the Alaska Air Group.

Conner grew up next to Sea-Tac International Airport and started at Boeing 40 years ago as a 727 mechanic. He rose through the ranks to become the president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air, said that Conner's appointment affirms the company's commitment to its roots in the Pacific Northwest, as well as its focus on safety and sustainable air travel.

"Ray grew up next to Sea-Tac Airport and attended Highline High School. Over his long and successful career, he has earned a reputation for doing the right thing, both for customers and for employees. Many leaders aspire to this worthy goal, but Ray has actually done it," said Brad Tilden, chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group. "His counsel will be extremely valuable as we improve and grow our company in the years ahead."

Conner will serve on the Alaska board's safety committee.

The Herald and Puget Sound Business Journal have more.

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