Aviation expert Marion Blakey to serve on board for Alaska Air Group


SEATTLE, WA – Alaska Air Group Inc. has appointed Marion C. Blakey to the company’s board of directors. She will serve on the safety and audit committees of board.

Blakey, president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association, represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft and related components, equipment services, and information technology. Before joining the association in 2007, she served a five-year term as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Blakey also served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board before her FAA appointment.

“Marion has been a tireless safety advocate for our industry,” said Bill Ayer, chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group. “We look forward to having her unique and extensive blend of experience on our board.”

From 1992 to 1993, Blakey served as administrator of the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She has also held key positions at the Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the White House.

In addition to the Alaska Air Group board, Blakey also serves on the board of directors at Nobilis, a research and engineering firm, and the NASA Advisory Council.