PHOENIX, AZ – Mesa Airlines, Inc announced today that Jameson Año will join the Company as its next Vice President of Inflight Services. Jameson brings more than 25 years of airline industry experience to the role.
Año began his career as a flight attendant at both Northwest Airlines and United Airlines. In his 20 years at United, he held numerous inflight and station management positions with increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Senior Manager of United Express Performance. In this role since 2012, he managed the overall performance relationship of United Express flying partners, including Mesa, as well as a portfolio of United ground service personnel. In addition, he led several cross-divisional projects, including the fleet integration of the Embraer E175.
“We are pleased to welcome Jameson to Mesa Airlines and are certain he will be an outstanding addition to our management team,” said Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein. “Jameson played an integral role in the launch of Mesa’s very successful Embraer E175 program, and knows, first hand, the important part our flight attendants play in outstanding customer service and operational excellence.”
Kenley Brown, who joined Mesa in 2003 as a line flight attendant and has served as Vice President of Inflight Services since 2006, will assume the Texas-based position of Vice President of Customer Service and Station Operations. Prior to joining senior management, Brown served as an IOE instructor and inflight supervisor overseeing numerous Mesa crew bases.
“We are thrilled that Kenley Brown, who knows all aspects of our operation and has led Mesa’s second largest employee group of nearly 1,000 flight attendants for more than nine years, is taking on the very important role as our next Vice President of Customer Service and Station Operations,” said Ornstein. “Kenley has continued to prove herself as a hands-on leader and is uniquely qualified to take on this new position.”
Brown, who will report to Chief Operating Officer John Selvaggio, and Año, who will report to EVP and General Counsel Brian Gillman, will transition to their new roles in early May.
Mesa currently operates 37 Embraer 175s and 20 Bombardier CRJ700s under the United Express brand, and 64 Bombardier CRJ900s under the American Eagle banner. The company has 11 additional E175s scheduled to join its United Express operation in 2016. Mesa Airlines is growing and hiring.