Leadership

Leadership

John Bendoraitis
John Bendoraitis
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
John Bendoraitis John Bendoraitis was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2017. Bendoraitis joined Spirit as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office in October 2013. He brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to the current role, which includes responsibility for the areas of technical operations, airport operations, flight operations, inflight, our operational control center, safety and security.

Prior to joining Spirit, Bendoraitis served as Chief Operating Officer of Frontier Airlines. Previously, from 2008 to 2012, he served as President of Comair Airlines. From 2006 to 2008, he served as President of Compass Airlines, where he was responsible for the certification and launch of the airline. Bendoraitis began his aviation career at Northwest Airlines, where over a 22-year span he worked his way up from aircraft technician to vice president of base maintenance operations.

Bendoraitis holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Metro State University in St. Paul, Minn., and an MBA from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis. He also holds an A&P Certificate from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology in St. Louis, Mo.
THOMAS CANFIELD
THOMAS CANFIELD
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
THOMAS CANFIELD Thomas Canfield has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary since joining Spirit in October 2007. In this role he has responsibility for all legal, regulatory and governance matters affecting the Company. In addition, he led the Company's Human Resources function from January 2008 to December 2011.

From September 2006 to October 2007, Canfield served as General Counsel & Secretary of Point Blank Solutions, Inc., a manufacturer of antiballistic body armor. Prior to Point Blank, from 2004 to 2007 he served as CEO and Plan Administrator of AT&T Latin America Corp., a public company formerly known as FirstCom Corporation, which developed high-speed fiber networks in 17 Latin American cities. AT&T Latin America Corp. filed for bankruptcy in 2003. Mr. Canfield also served as General Counsel & Secretary at AT&T Latin America Corp from 1999 to 2004. Previously, Mr. Canfield was Counsel in the corporate and international practice groups of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Canfield serves on the board and audit committee of Iridium Communications Inc., a satellite communications company. Canfield previously served on the boards of directors of Birch Telecom Inc., a telecommunications company, from 2006 to 2008, and Tricom S.A., a telecommunications/CATV company, from 2004 to early 2010.

Canfield received his bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and his law degree from Fordham University.
Ted Christie III
Ted Christie III
President & Chief Executive Officer and Class III Director
Ted Christie III Ted Christie was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Airlines on January 1, 2019. Christie joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in April 2012 as Spirit’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In January 2017, Mr. Christie was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In January 2018, Christie was promoted to President with overall responsibility for the finance and commercial functions as well as operations, IT and human resources.

Prior to joining Spirit, Christie served as CFO of Pinnacle Airlines Corp, an airline holding company with subsidiaries flying as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. Christie began his airline career at Frontier Airlines in 2002. He was appointed Vice President of Finance in 2007 and promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO in 2008. During his tenure at Frontier he helped the carrier to restructure and to achieve a competitive cost structure.

Christie has also held the position of Vice President of Finance at a Denver asset-based finance institution and also served as an Economist for the Arizona taxing authority.

Christie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arizona in 1992.
SCOTT HARALSON
SCOTT HARALSON
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
SCOTT HARALSON Scott Haralson joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in August 2012 as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis and in September 2017 added the responsibility for Corporate Real Estate. Scott brings more than 18 years of airline industry experience to this role that will oversee Treasury, Investor Relations, Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Corporate Real Estate. Scott began his professional career in corporate banking working primarily on structured finance deals. He began his airline career at America West Airlines (and what would become US Airways) where he served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. He has also held financial management positions with Frontier Airlines, Swift Aviation, and Dish Network. Scott received his MBA in Finance from the University of Mississippi.
MATT KLEIN
MATT KLEIN
Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
MATT KLEIN Matt Klein joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in August 2016. Klein brings more than 20 years of management experience in the airline and travel industries to the role, which includes responsibility for network planning, pricing, revenue management, and consumer marketing.

Prior to joining Spirit, Klein most recently worked in various consulting capacities in the travel industry. Prior to that, he served as Chief Commercial Officer at lastminute.com and Vice President, Global Airline Relations at Travelocity. Additionally, his experience includes serving as a leader of pricing, revenue management, forecasting and distribution planning at AirTran Airways, and various other roles in domestic pricing with US Airways.

Matt holds an MBA from University of Florida, and a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Maryland.
LAURIE VILLA
LAURIE VILLA
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
LAURIE VILLA Laurie Villa joined Spirit Airlines in October 2014 as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. In December 2017, Villa was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. With more than 30 years of leadership expertise in driving strategic large-scale organizational growth and transformation, she currently leads the company’s human capital management initiatives embracing a diverse group of more than 16,000 U.S. and international team members. Villa has a steadfast approach to progressing corporate culture, advocating for corporate social responsibility, and creating innovative practices. Her leadership provides directional human resource and business guidance to achieve company objectives.

Villa has committed her career to helping companies grow their businesses, invest in the right talent and make a lasting difference in local communities. She previously served in senior leadership positions in start-ups, large-scale and multinational corporations including: Sara Lee, LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Ann Taylor. At Sara Lee, Villa was responsible for leading global organizational development and succession planning for over 150 operating companies worldwide. In addition, she partnered with the operations team to establish and drive manufacturing, sales and marketing growth in thirteen Central American and Caribbean countries. Sara Lee became the premier employer in each of these regions, growing from 1,000 to 13,000 employees. At LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Villa led the human resources integration of the $4.1 billion acquisition of the Choice-Point data aggregation company. During her tenure with Ann Taylor, the business grew in global sales from $800 million dollars annually to more than $2 billion, growing the staffing to over 15,000 associates in 800 retail stores.

Villa currently chairs the Spirit Foundation and is also an active Board Member of The First Tee of Broward County. She serves on the Board of Advisors of Primate Technologies, a technology company in the power utility industry. Previously, she served on various non-profit boards including, Life Directions in Chicago, IL and the Work/Family Resource Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Laurie has received numerous awards and accolades for her work in Human Resources. She was honored with the Excellence in Human Resource Award 2018, by South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine, the Top 100 Outstanding Women in Broward Country 2017, and has also been featured in the book - Angels in the Workplace. Villa obtained her BBA and MBA from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
ROCKY WIGGINS
ROCKY WIGGINS
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
ROCKY WIGGINS Rocky Wiggins joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in September 2016 as our Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this role he will lead our IT strategy and IT operations as we refine our business solutions, operations, and customer experience.

Rocky has over 35 years of experience in the travel industry where he has become a leader in technology innovation. He has experience in developing high volume commercial websites and transaction systems; automating guest support through kiosk and voice recognition applications; as well as a range of infrastructure projects that have aided operations, revenue, planning and staff areas.

Prior to joining Spirit he served as Executive Vice-President and CIO of WestJet Airlines. Before that he was CIO of Sun Country Airlines and also served as Senior Vice-President and CIO of AirTran Airways. His career in the airline industry began with 20 years spent at US Airways where he served in a number of management and director positions.

Rocky studied physics at Guilford University, engineering at Western Kentucky University and has a MBA from Wake Forest University.