Ben Baldanza President, Chief Executive Officer and Class III Director
Ben Baldanza joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in January 2005 as our President and Chief Operating Officer. In May 2006, Mr. Baldanza was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer at which time he was also appointed to our board of directors.
Baldanza has over twenty-five years of airline related experience. Prior to joining Spirit, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Planning at US Airways, where he was responsible for route planning, scheduling, pricing and revenue management, marketing, sales, cargo, distribution, and the international division.
Prior to US Airways, Baldanza served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Grupo Taca, an airline group based in Latin America and held various management positions at Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines.
Baldanza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Affairs, specializing in transportation and economics, from Princeton University.
John Bendoraitis Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
John Bendoraitis joined Spirit as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Office in October 2013. Bendoraitis brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to the role, which includes responsibility for the areas of technical operations, airport operations, flight operations, inflight, our operational control center, properties and facilities, and 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 Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
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 Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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 this role he has responsibility for the areas of finance, treasury, accounting, tax, investor relations, and information technology.
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.