Board of Directors

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. In August of 2005, Anchor Glass Container Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Mr. Donaway also served as a board member of ACE Aviation Holdings, an investment holding company for various aviation interests, from 2004 to 2008.

Member of the Compensation Committee

David G. Elkins has been a member of the Board since July 2010. Mr. Elkins retired in 2003 as President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Chemicals, Inc., a North American chemicals producer headquartered in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining Sterling Chemicals in 1998, Mr. Elkins was a senior partner in the law firm of Andrews Kurth LLP, where he specialized in corporate and business law. Mr. Elkins formerly served as an independent director of numerous public and private corporations, including The Houston Exploration Company, Holley Performance Products, Inc. (non-executive Chairman), Pliant Corporation, Zilog, Inc., Sterling Chemicals, Inc., Guilford Mills, Inc., Pioneer USA, Inc. and Memorial Hermann Hospital System. Mr. Elkins currently serves on the Development Board of the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Chair of the Compensation Committee

Robert Fornaro was appointed to our board of directors in May 2014. 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, 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.

Member of the Safety, Security and Operations Committee

H. McIntyre Gardner has been a member of our board of directors since July 2010 and  was elected Chairman of the Board in 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.

Member of the Compensation Committee

Robert 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 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 company.

Chair of the Safety, Security and Operations Committee

Barclay Jones III has been a member of our board of directors 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 is Corporate Senior Vice President & Global and Chief Information Security Officer of Comcast Corporation (“Comcast” NASDAQ: CMCSA), which operates as a worldwide media and technology company.  She previously served at Comcast from 2009 to August 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Infrastructure and Information Security Officer.  Ms. Soto is responsible for the alignment and development of cyber and data security strategies, policies and execution across the entire Comcast Portfolio of businesses. Prior to joining Comcast in September 2009, she served from 2005 as Vice President of Information Technology Governance and Chief Information Security Officer for MGM Resorts International, a global hospitality & gaming company. Ms. Soto has been a director of CMS Energy Corporation and, its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy Corporation, since January 2015

Ms. Soto brings over 25 years of focused information technology and security experience from a variety of industries, including financial services, hospitality, insurance, risk management, as well as  gaming and entertainment. A recipient of the 2015 CSO Compass Award, she was also named Information Security Executive of the Year in 2013 by ISE.  Ms. Soto serves as an executive committee board member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Cabrini College.

 

Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Safety, Security and Operations Committee

Dawn Zier was elected to our board of directors in June 2015.  Since November 2012, Ms. Zier has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nutrisystem Inc., a leading commercial provider of weight loss products and services, and as a member of its board of directors. She has led the turnaround of Nutrisystem by successfully changing the trajectory of the business and delivering customer and shareholder value with seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth. An engineer by education, Ms. Zier has spent most of her career in marketing, keeping her finger on the pulse of global consumers. Before joining Nutrisystem, Ms. Zier spent 20 years at Reader’s Digest Association, a global media and direct marketing company, serving in a range of leadership positions, most recently as president of the company’s international business. Before joining RDA, Ms. Zier held positions at AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Prodigy Services Corporation. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She received her Bachelor’s of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Member of the Safety, Security and Operations Committee

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