Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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.
Carlton D. Donaway
Class II Director
Carlton D. Donaway has been a member of the Board since January 2013. Since 2004, Mr. Donaway has been the principal and Chairman of JSKD Advisors LLC, a consulting firm. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Donaway was an advisor to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. (“Cerberus”), a private investment firm, and to Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, an affiliate of Cerberus that offers senior management and advisory services. Prior to working with Cerberus, Mr. Donaway served as Executive Chairman of DHL Holdings-USA, a division of Deutsche Post DHL that provides international express and mail services. He was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Airborne, Incorporated, a global transportation and logistics company. Mr. Donaway served as a board member and Chairman of Anchor Glass Container Corporation, a glass container manufacturer, from November 2004 to June 2005. Mr. Donaway also served as a board member of ACE Aviation Holdings, an investment holding company for various aviation interests, from 2004 to 2008.
ROBERT L. FORNARO
Class III Director
Robert L. Fornaro has been a member of the Board since May 2014. He served as our Chief Executive Officer from January 2016 to December 2018 (also as President from January 2016 to December 2017). Mr. Fornaro served as a consultant to Southwest Airlines Co. and AirTran Airways Inc., a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings Inc., from May 2011 through April 2014. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of AirTran Holdings Inc. from November 2007 to May 2011. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AirTran Airways Inc. from March 2001 to November 2007 and as President and Chief Financial Officer from March 1999 to August 2000. From February 1998 to March 1999, Mr. Fornaro served as a consultant in the airline industry. From 1992 to February 1998, he served as Senior Vice President of Planning for US Airways. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Planning at Northwest Airlines from 1988 to 1992. He served as the Chairman of AirTran Airways Inc. from May 2008 to May 2011 and served on its board from 2001 to May 2011. He served as Chairman of the Board of AirTran Holdings Inc. from 2008 to May 2011.
H. McIntyre Gardner
Class II Director and Chairman of the Board
H. McIntyre Gardner has been a member of the Board since July 2010 and Chairman of the Board since August 2013. Mr. Gardner retired in 2008 from Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. as the Head of Americas Region and Global Bank Group, Global Private Client. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in July 2000, Mr. Gardner was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Helen of Troy Limited, a personal care products manufacturer. Since February 2017, he serves on the board of Blucora, Inc., a publicly traded technology-enabled financial solutions company.
Robert D. Johnson
Class I Director
Robert D. Johnson has been a member of the Board since July 2010. Mr. Johnson retired in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), a global aerospace engineering and services company. In 2005, prior to DAE, Mr. Johnson was Chairman of Honeywell Aerospace, a leading global supplier of aircraft engines, equipment, systems and services, where he also served prior to 2005 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Honeywell Aerospace, Mr. Johnson held management positions at various aviation and aerospace companies. He served on the board of directors of Ariba, Inc., a publicly traded software company, from 2005 to 2012, and currently serves on the board of directors of Spirit Aerosystems, a publicly traded aerospace components company that is not affiliated with Spirit Airlines, and Roper Industries, Inc., a publicly traded diversified industrial company.
Barclay G. Jones III
Class I Director
Barclay G. Jones III has been a member of the Board since 2006. Since March 2000, Mr. Jones has been the Executive Vice President of Investments for iStar Financial Inc., a publicly traded finance company focused on the commercial real estate industry. Prior to iStar, Mr. Jones was at W.P. Carey & Co., an investment management company, where he served in a variety of capacities, including Vice Chairman and Chief Acquisitions Officer.
Myrna M. Soto
Class II Director
Myrna M. Soto has been a member of the Board since March 2016. Since March 2019, Ms. Soto has served as Chief Operating Officer of Digital Hands, a managed security services provider, and as a venture advisor at ForgePoint Capital, a venture capital firm concentrating on cyber security related companies. From April 2018 to March 2019 she was a partner at ForgePoint Capital. Prior to that, from August 2015 to March 2018, Ms. Soto served as Senior Vice President, Global and Chief Information Security Officer of Comcast Corporation ("Comcast"), a worldwide media and technology company. From September 2009 to August 2015, she served as Comcast's Senior Vice President and Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer. Prior to these roles, from 2005 until 2009, Ms. Soto served as Vice President of Information Technology Governance and Chief Information Security Officer of MGM Resorts International, a global hospitality company. She has been a director of CMS Energy Corporation, a publicly traded energy company, and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy Corporation, since January 2015, and a director of Popular, Inc., a financial services conglomerate, since July 2018.
Dawn M. Zier
Class I Director
Dawn M. Zier has been a member of the Board since June 2015. Since March 2019, she has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Tivity Health, Inc. ("Tivity"), a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, and as a member of its board of directors. Ms. Zier was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrisystem Inc. ("Nutrisystem"), a commercial provider of weight loss products and services, and as a member of its board of directors, from November 2012 to March 2019, prior to the company's acquisition by Tivity. Before Nutrisystem, Ms. Zier served as the President of International at the Reader's Digest Association, Inc., a global media and direct marketing company (the "Reader's Digest Association"), from April 2011 to November 2012 and as an Executive Vice President of the Reader's Digest Association from February 2011 to November 2012. Prior to that, she served in various other management positions at the Reader's Digest Association. In February 2013, RDA Holding Co., the holding company and parent of Reader's Digest Association, filed a voluntary petition for reorganization relief pursuant to Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Ms. Zier also served on the Direct Marketing Education Foundation's Board of Trustees from October 2010 to October 2012 and on the Direct Marketing Association's Board of Directors from October 2008 to October 2015, and also as its Secretary from October 2012 to October 2014. From 2005 to 2009, she chaired the Magazine's Director's Advisory Committee for the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Since September 2017, Ms. Zier serves on the board of directors of Hain Celestial, a publicly traded organic and natural products company.
Class I Directors for election at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Class II Directors whose terms expire at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
Class III Directors whose terms expire at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.