Indian-American Charu Jain joins Alaska Airlines as VP, Chief Officer

Charu Jain, an Indian-American has been named as Vice President and Chief Officer of Alaska Airlines by the airline’s board of directors.

Jain will lead a department of more than 400 IT professionals in her new role with Alaska Airlines.

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Brandon Pedersen, Vice President of finance and Chief Financial Officer of Alaska Airlines said in a statement that Charu’s experience is perfectly suited to help Air Group successfully integrate Virgin America from a technology standpoint. He said, “Throughout her 24-year career, Charu has been able to blend thoughtful leadership with a focus on results and we're excited to have her onboard.”

Previously, Jain has led the team in IBM Global Business Services, where she was helping American Airlines integrate its IT systems.

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She has also worked at United Airlines for 20 years in progressive roles. Working as a programmer to operations technology’s senior managing director, Jain has been proficient in all her roles.

Jain has earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Lucknow University in India and an M.B.A. in international management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.