Robert Fornaro was appointed as President and CEO of Spirit, the largest Ultra-Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in January 2016. He became a member of, and will continue to be a member of, the Spirit Airlines Board of Directors in May 2014.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of Spirit he served as President of Parkview Partners LLC, an Orlando-based transportation and travel industry advisory firm. Mr. Fornaro retired as Chairman, CEO and President of AirTran Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways in May 2011. Fornaro joined AirTran in March 1999 as President and Chief Financial Officer, was named Chief Operating Officer and elected to the board of directors in 2001, and became Chief Executive Officer in 2007.
Fornaro has more than 35 years of marketing, planning, finance and general management experience. Bob also has substantial experience in financial turnarounds and operational restructurings. During his tenure at AirTran, the Company transformed itself from a regional to an international airline and experienced a near seven-fold increase in revenue to nearly $3 billion. AirTran achieved the unique position of being the lowest cost provider of any major U.S. airline as well as achieving industry - leading service metrics.
Prior to joining AirTran Airways, he operated a successful aviation consulting practice. From 1992 to 1997, Fornaro served as senior vice president - planning for US Airways where he directed the company's route planning, pricing and revenue management and overall corporate strategy. From 1988 to 1992, Fornaro held the position of senior vice president - marketing planning at Northwest Airlines. His responsibilities included strategy and planning as well as managing Northwest's international alliances and regional airline partner relationships.
Fornaro holds a Master's degree in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers College.
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.
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.