ORLANDO, FL – AirTran Holdings, Inc., the parent company of AirTran Airways, Inc., announced today that Michael P. Jackson has been elected to the company’s board of directors. His term commences immediately.
“Michael’s extensive background in the aviation industry will serve our board and shareholders well,” said Bob Fornaro, chairman, president, and chief executive officer for AirTran Airways. “We welcome him to AirTran and have confidence that he will be an asset in helping us uphold our commitment to provide outstanding service and shareholder value.”
Jackson, 54, is president and founder of Firebreak Partners, LLC, which finances and deploys high-value security technologies to protect critical infrastructure. Prior to his current position, Jackson was the Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a role in which he served as the chief operating officer responsible for day-to-day operations of a department with an employee base of 210,000 and a budget of US$48.5 billion. In addition, Jackson served as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Transportation (DOT) from May 2001 to August 2003 where he particularly focused on DOT’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Prior to joining DOT in 2001, he worked as chief operating officer at Lockheed Martin IMS’s transportation systems and services.
During his distinguished career, Jackson has held positions for three US Presidents and has coordinated substantial policy, delivered frequent Congressional testimony, and interfaced with US and foreign government officials. He has served on the board of directors for Amtrak.
A native of Houston, Texas, Jackson has a BA from the University of Houston and a PhD with distinction from the Government Department at Georgetown University. He currently resides in northern Virginia with his wife, Caron, and their daughter.