Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation Names New Chief Operating Officer, Chief People Officer and Vice President – Finance and Controller

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Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation today announced it has promoted Vince Portaro to the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer and Joel Kuplack to senior vice president and chief people officer.

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation today announced it has promoted Vince Portaro to the position of senior vice president and chief operating officer and Joel Kuplack to senior vice president and chief people officer, reporting directly to President and CEO Jim Rankin.

In his new role, Portaro continues to oversee all customer service functions and airport operations, security, system operations control, crew resources, and properties and facilities. Additionally, he will now lead all flying operational activities, including the departments of flight, inflight and maintenance.

Kuplack continues to lead our human resources department, and oversee the continued enhancement of our employee culture and support through corporate learning, performance management, rewards and recognition programs as well as numerous employee communication vehicles. He also serves as the primary representative in negotiations with Air Wisconsin’s labor unions.

Related to these changes, Stan Petersen-Gauthier will assume the responsibilities of vice president – finance and controller. His new duties will include financial accounting and internal controls, payroll, accounts payable, cash management and treasury, and inventory control. He will also continue to have responsibility for the benefits department.

“These changes strengthen Air Wisconsin for both our flying and ground handling businesses and support our team, our product and our future,” noted Rankin.

Portaro joined Air Wisconsin in 1989, Kuplack in 2007 and Petersen-Gauthier in 1985, and all bring extensive industry knowledge and experience to these new roles.

Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, operates as US Airways Express, scheduling nearly 500 departures per day to 70 cities in 26 states and two Canadian provinces. The fleet includes 71 Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ-200). Additionally, Air Wisconsin performs ground-handling services for United Express at United’s Washington Dulles International hub and 22 other cities throughout the country.

Additional information can be found at http://www.airwis.com.

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Contact: Corporate Communications
920-475-7007
corporatecommunications(at)airwis.com

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