Minicucci elected to PG&E Corporation Board of Directors
PG&E Corporation recently elected Ben Minicucci to its Board of Directors as well as the Board of Directors of its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, effective July 1, 2018.
Minicucci will serve on the Safety and Nuclear Oversight Committees of the PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company Boards of Directors.
Minicucci is president and chief operating officer of Alaska Airlines, Inc. and CEO of Virgin America Inc. He also is a member of the Management Executive Committee of Alaska Air Group, Inc., the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and Horizon Air Industries, Inc.
“Ben is an excellent fit for our boards given his deep experience in driving a strong safety culture at Alaska Airlines, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s safest airlines, while continuing to drive growth and customer satisfaction,” Dick Kelly, non-executive chair of the PG&E Corporation Board of Directors, said.
In his role at Alaska Airlines, Minicucci is responsible for all aspects of safety, performance and customer service for the company’s daily operations. He directs flight operations, maintenance, and engineering, inflight and call center services, systems operations control, airport operations and labor relations.
Minicucci started at Alaska Airlines in 2004 as the staff vice president of maintenance and engineering. In 2007, he became vice president of Seattle operations and was then promoted to executive vice president, operations and chief operating officer in 2009. In May 2016, Minicucci became president of Alaska Airlines. When the airline acquired Virgin America Airlines in December 2016, he was named the CEO of Virgin America and leads the ongoing integration process.
Before joining Alaska Airlines, Minicucci worked for seven years in the technical operations division at Air Canada. Before that, he served for 14 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he held a variety of leadership roles related to aircraft maintenance and participated in several key deployments, including the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program for senior executives.
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