Executive leadership

Brad Tilden

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Air Group, Inc.

Brad Tilden serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air and Virgin America. The combined airlines have 20,000 employees, 285 aircraft and fly to more than 115 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Alaska is focusing on low fares, profitable growth of the route network, and on becoming the easiest airline to fly. The airline has been named Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Alaska also ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for seven consecutive years and received the Wall Street Journal’s #1 ranking four years in a row. The airline has been lauded for its philanthropy, community service and environmental stewardship. In addition to these achievements, Alaska Air Group is a Fortune 500 company and consistently ranks among the nation’s most profitable airlines.

Tilden is a 25-year veteran of Alaska Air Group. He has previously served as president, executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer, and corporate controller. Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with accounting firm Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.  

Tilden has been ranked among the Top 50 Corporate Leaders in America by Fortune magazine, named Executive of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and honored by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.

Tilden serves on the boards of the Washington Roundtable, the Boy Scouts of America, Nordstrom and Airlines for America. Additionally, he chairs the board of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

A Seattle native, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he developed an early love of aviation.  He holds a commercial pilot’s license and enjoys cycling and outdoor time with his family in the Pacific Northwest.