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William S. Ayer, retired Chairman and CEO Of Alaska Air Group, joins Honeywell's Board Of Directors

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Honeywell announced that William S. Ayer, 60, former chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group has been elected to its Board of Directors. He will serve on Honeywell's Corporate Governance and Responsibility and Management Development and Compensation Committees. Ayer was appointed CEO of Alaska Air Group in 2002 and became Chairman of the Board in 2003. He retired from the company at the end of 2013. Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services in the United States. It serves approximately 100 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico. The company reported $5.2 billion in 2013 sales and has approximately 13,000 employees. Prior to his role as Chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group, Ayer served as Vice President of Marketing and Planning for the company beginning in 1995. Ayer started flying at the age of 15 and has worked in the aerospace industry for his entire 35 year career. His first job was in sales at Piper Aircraft Company in 1979 and he subsequently founded and ran Air Olympia, a Washington state commuter airline. Next, he spent 13 years with Horizon Air, moving up to head operations before he joined Alaska Airlines in 1995. Ayer is among the most respected leaders in the airline industry and has served on some of its most prestigious boards and associations. Ayer holds his commercial and flight instructor certificates with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Human Biology from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
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