ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- US Airways announced today that James P. Schear will return to the company in a new role as vice president of restructuring, effective immediately. Schear will report directly to US Airways President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce R. Lakefield. He will handle the company's organizational re- engineering responsibilities and priorities as identified by the senior management team. He also will work with members of management, employee task forces, advisors and partners to ensure that the company operates as efficiently as possible, and assist in transforming the processes and programs that follow best practices and new industry efficiencies. "Jim is a man with a wide range of credentials and experience, both in the private sector and in government. He is a natural leader and has in-depth knowledge of US Airways, and will be a great asset to our management team," said Lakefield. Schear joins US Airways from the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, where he was vice president of safety, responsible for safety direction and assurance in all facets of the National Airspace System and international leadership of the FAA's global safety efforts. He also was deputy for aviation operations for the Transportation Security Administration. In that role, he was responsible for an operational chain of 159 Federal Security Directors, and managed over 60,000 employees at 440 airports. Schear started his aviation career with Pacific Southwest Airlines in 1975, which was merged into US Airways in 1988. At US Airways, he served in a variety of management functions, including manager of flight operations and director of business planning -- flight operations. He is type-rated on the Electra, MD-80, DC-9, BAe-146, B-737, B-757 and B-767. Additionally, he was a check pilot and FAA designated examiner on the B-757 and B-767 aircraft. A career Naval aviator, Schear served 37 years combined in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. He flew the P-3 both on active and reserve duty, retiring as a rear admiral in 2000. Schear is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and holds a degree in engineering. He lives in Annapolis, Md., with his wife and four children.
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