President and Chief Operating Officer of Alaska Airlines
Ben Minicucci leads Alaska Airlines' 11,700 employees and is also responsible for Flight Operations, System Operations Control, Maintenance & Engineering, Inflight, Labor Relations and Customer Service – Airports Airport Operations and Customer Service. As president of Alaska Airlines, Minicucci is leading the integration process for the planned acquisition of Virgin America, which will create the premier airline for people living on the West Coast.
Most recently, Minicucci served as the airline's chief operating officer and executive vice president since December 2008. Previously, he served as the airline's vice president of Seattle operations, leading the Customer Service – Airports Division's vendor oversight program, as well as staff planning, training, policies and procedures. Before that, Minicucci was staff vice president of maintenance and engineering.
Minicucci came to Alaska Airlines from Air Canada, following 14 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, where he managed all aspects of military aircraft maintenance and participated in several key deployments, including the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Minicucci's first job with Air Canada involved coaching management teams on progressive leadership styles. He was later promoted to vice president of heavy maintenance and base manager of operations in Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Canada.
He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program for senior executives.