Ted Christie joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in April 2012 as our 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 and Chief Financial Officer. In this role he has overall responsibility for the finance and commercial functions as well as operations, IT and human resources. Christie will become Spirit's Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2019, succeeding Bob Fornaro.
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 began his career 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 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.
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.
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.
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. Since February 2017, he serves on the board of Blucora, Inc., a publicly traded technology-enabled financial solutions company.
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.
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 a Partner at ForgePoint Capital (Formerly known as Trident Capital Cybersecurity) She is a member of the ForgePoint Capital Investment Team. Her responsibilities include identifying investment opportunities, advising portfolio companies, participating in due diligence activities of pending investments, leading investments, fund raising and serving as a Board Member on said investments. She is also responsible for organizing and continuing to develop the ForgePoint Advisory arm of advisors that includes, the CISO, CIO, CTO communities as well as refine the firm's investment strategy. ForgePoint Capital is a $300 million fund exclusively investing in cybersecurity companies. Myrna is a seasoned cybersecurity practitioner with more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive and public company director. She has led multiple cybersecurity transformation programs in major communications, media, hospitality, financial services and critical infrastructure organizations.
Prior to joining ForgePoint Capital Myrna served as Corporate SVP & GCISO (Global Chief Information Security Officer) for Comcast Corp. In her role, Myrna was responsible for all security & technology risk management for the Enterprise. She is responsible for aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives to ensure information assets and technologies were adequately protected across the entire corporation. She worked closely with the all the technology, product and security teams across the organization, including Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, Comcast Spectacor, and Comcast Platform Services. Her focus was to develop and maintain the highest standards of Cyber Security, network/infrastructure security, product security, data security strategies, operational efficacy of security programs, policies, and technology risk management that protect the interests of Comcast’s customers, employees, critical technology assets, company brands and other critical stakeholders. Her scope of responsibility included over 54 business lines within the Comcast Portfolio. Myrna Served in her Role as Corp SVP & Global Chief Information Security Officer for 9 years.
Myrna joined Comcast in September of 2009 after earning more than 20 plus years of focused Information Technology /Security experience and accolades within a variety of industries, including: financial services, hospitality, Insurance/Risk Management and gaming/entertainment.
Prior to joining Comcast, Myrna served as CISO & Vice President of Information Technology Governance for MGM Resorts International (formerly known as MGM MIRAGE). In that role, she was responsible for Information Security (Data/Network), IT Audit & Compliance, Business Analysis, PMO and the development of a Six Sigma practice. She previously held senior leadership positions with American Express, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Kemper Insurance.
Myrna holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Myrna also holds a Masters Certification in Project Management from George Washington University. She also is the recipient of the 2015 CSO Compass Award and was named Information Security Executive of the Year in 2013 by ISE. CNET also named her one of the top 20 Most Influential Technology Latinos in 2014. She was recognized by SC Magazine as the Top 10 Power Players for Women in Security in 2015, Top Women to Watch by Diversity Journal Magazine in 2017 named to the Top 100 CISOs list by Hottopics, in 2017 and named to the Top 50 Women in Internet Security in the same year. She was recognized by Multi Channels News as a member of the 2017 “Wonder Woman” honoree class. Most recently (March 2018) she was named to Fortune Magazine’s List of 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business for the second year in a row.
She is an Executive Management Committee Board Member (Vice Chairperson) of HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) a Member of the Board of Directors for CMS Energy & Consumers Energy [NYSE:CMS], a Member of the Board of Directors for Spirit Airlines [NYSE: SAVE] and a Member of the Board of Directors of Popular, Inc. [NASDAQ: BPOP]. She serves on the Compensation Committee, Security, Safety and Operations Committee for Spirit Airlines, the Audit Committee and Governance/Public Policy Committee for CMS/Consumers Energy, and the Risk Management Committee for Popular.
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 serves on the board of directors of Hain Celestial, a publicly traded organic and natural products company. Ms. Zier 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.