US Airways Names James Schear Restructuring VP

Sep 02, 2004, 01:00 ET from US Airways

    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
     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.