MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J.,Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today thatWilliam S. Ayer, 60, former chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group has been elected to its Board of Directors. He will serve on Honeywell's Corporate Governance and Responsibility and Management Development and Compensation Committees.
"Bill has been a highly respected and proven business leader in the aerospace industry for more than three decades," said Honeywell Chairman and CEODave Cote. "His relentless focus on the customer, continuous improvement, and building a culture of safety, innovation, sustainability, and diversity are all hallmarks of his leadership style. Under Bill's leadership, Alaska Air Group operated profitably during the most recent recession and today the company is viewed as a 'model' airline throughout the industry. Bill brings both deep aerospace industry knowledge and rich business experience to Honeywell's Board. We're confident that his contributions will be invaluable as Honeywell deploys its new five-year growth plan."
Ayer was appointed CEO of Alaska Air Group in 2002 and became Chairman of the Board in 2003. He retired from the company at the end of 2013. Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services in the United States. It serves approximately 100 cities inAlaska, the Lower 48,Hawaii,Canada, and Mexico. The company reported$5.2 billion in 2013 sales and has approximately 13,000 employees. Prior to his role as Chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group, Ayer served as Vice President of Marketing and Planning for the company beginning in 1995.
Ayer started flying at the age of 15 and has worked in the aerospace industry for his entire 35 year career. His first job was in sales at Piper Aircraft Company in 1979 and he subsequently founded and ran Air Olympia, aWashington state commuter airline. Next, he spent 13 years with Horizon Air, moving up to head operations before he joined Alaska Airlines in 1995.
Ayer is among the most respected leaders in the airline industry and has served on some of its most prestigious boards and associations, including:
Past Chairman of the Federal Aviation Administration NextGen Advisory committee, a panel of people from every aspect of aviation aiming to modernize the nation's air traffic control system and improve airport and airspace efficiency Member of FAA's Management Advisory Council Chairman of the Museum of Flight Ayer holds his commercial and flight instructor certificates with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Human Biology fromStanford University and an MBA from theUniversity of Washington.
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