James Beer, EVP, CFO of McKesson Corporation, joins Alaska Air Group Board of Directors

Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air, announced the appointment of James Beer, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of McKesson Corporation, to the company's Board of Directors. Beer will join the compensation and leadership development and safety committees.

Since 2013, Beer has led the financial functions for McKesson, a San Francisco-based health services and information technology company ranked fifth on the Fortune 500 list. He is also a member of the company's executive committee.

Previously, Beer served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Symantec Corp., where he managed the organization's worldwide finance organization responsible for financial planning and analysis, treasury, corporate development, accounting, tax, purchasing and investor relations.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Beer resides in San Francisco.