Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air, announced the appointment of Ray Conner, retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and former Vice Chairman of The Boeing Company, to the company's board of directors.
Conner brings over 40 years of global leadership experience to the Seattle-based airline's board, having served as Boeing's most senior executive in the Pacific Northwest until his retirement in 2017.
Conner started working on the 727 line as a mechanic in 1977, helping to pay his way through college. From there, he rose through the ranks initially becoming Boeing Commercial Airplane's sales director for Thailand followed by various other management positions including: Vice President of the Propulsion Systems Division, Vice President and General Manager of the 747 program, Vice President of Asia/Pacific Sales for Commercial Airplanes, Vice President of Sales for the Americas and Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Management.
Most recently, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Conner was responsible for delivering on a record backlog and overseeing the growth of its airplane programs and services.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Central Washington University and a master's from the University of Puget Sound. Conner also serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue and Adient, a global supplier of seats to the automotive and aerospace industry.