The Alaska Airlines board of directors has elected Andrea "Andy" Schneider as Senior Vice President of People for Alaska Airlines. The Horizon Airboard of directors has elected Matt Prainito as Vice President of Station and Inflight Operations for Horizon Air.
Most recently, Schneider was responsible for creating and completing "Flight Path," a company-wide workshop to engage employees from across workgroups in open dialogue around our history, our culture, and where we are headed together. She will also continue to lead employee benefits, compensation, training and development, recruiting and employee travel for Alaska and Horizon Air.
Previously, Schneider served as Vice President of Inflight and Call Center Services, leading Alaska's flight attendants, customer care and reservations agents. Before that, she was Senior Vice President of People and Customer Services at Horizon. Schneider began her career at Alaska in 1989 as the Manager of Financial Accounting. She earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Gonzaga University and an executive MBA from the University of Washington.
Prainito also begins his new role immediately. As the Vice President of Station Operations and Inflight for Horizon Air, he'll oversee operational and financial performance, lead strategic planning, and continue improving processes for Horizon Air's airport and flight attendant teams.
Prainito started with Alaska in 1997 as a customer service agent in Los Angeles before stepping into the Station Manager roles in Burbank, Ontario and LAX. He later took on new positions and leadership roles including Regional Manager and Director of Station Operations. In 2016 he became Managing Director of Station Operations, where he was responsible for the state of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northweststations.