Published on : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Hawaiian Airlines has appointed Sean Menke to the position of executive vice president and chief operations officer. In this role, he will take on direct oversight of the airline’s Flight Operations, In-Flight Services, Customer Service, Maintenance and Engineering, Safety and Regulatory Security, Operations Planning and Scheduling, and Performance Engineering and Operations Analytics. Menke begins work on Oct. 20, 2014 and will report to Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines’ president and chief executive officer.
“Sean Menke has had an impressive career before joining our team,” said Dunkerley. “He has a broad array of experiences covering many aspects of airline operations, and we are excited to have him come aboard and look forward to the contributions he will make at Hawaiian Airlines.”
Menke fills a vacancy left by Charles Nardello, who retired as senior vice president – operations in May 2014.Menke brings to Hawaiian Airlines more than 20 years of airline experience in executive leadership positions. He served as president and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines Corp., the parent company of Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Mesaba Airlines and Colgan Air. During 10 years with Frontier Airlines Holdings, Menke held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, from the director of planning and scheduling to president and CEO. He has also served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada and has worked at United Airlines, Western Pacific Airlines and America West Airlines. Menke most recently served as executive vice president resources at IHS, Inc., a global information company based in Colorado.
Menke holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Aviation Management from Ohio State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver.