Hawkair announces new President

Jul 15, 2013, 15:48 ET from Hawkair Aviation

TERRACE, BC, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Board of Director of Hawkair announced that they have concluded their executive search as part of a planned leadership transition.  After almost 20 years of leading the company, Rod Hayward a co-founder of Hawkair is joining the University of the Fraser Valley.

"Rod has guided Hawkair and its employees during some turbulent times and through periods of tremendous growth.  His focus on safety, building strong relationships with our people, the community and on smartly growing the company's route network has shaped the growth and direction of the company with great success " said Doug McCrea Director of Hawkair.  The Board thanks Rod for his many years of dedicated service and his leadership throughout.

The Board of Directors has appointed Jay Dilley to the role of President and Accountable Executive effective July 15, 2013. "Jay brings a tremendous range of experience in leadership positions within the Aviation Industry.  The Board is confident in Jay's ability to build on the legacy of success Rod is leaving; he has the right skills, experience and values." said Lindsay Clougher Director of Hawkair.

Prior to joining Hawkair he was the Vice President of Business Services for Summit Air where he was responsible for developing business strategy and optimizing performance through global business service delivery.  He also spent the past eight years holding leadership positions with Arctic Sunwest Charters.  Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics, and a Master of Science in Management.

"It is an honour to be entrusted with the role of President and Accountable Executive.  I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Rod Hayward for their confidence in my ability to take our people and company to new heights" said Jay Dilley, President Hawkair.

Hawkair operates a fleet of four DE Havilland Dash-8 aircraft with seating capacity from 37 to 50 passengers. Its route network includes four cities, including Terrace-Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and Vancouver. All aircraft offer passengers the highest level of comfort, with onboard amenities including lavatory, galley and flight attendant. Hawkair's friendly, helpful staff and full in-flight service including complementary beverage and snacks has earned Hawkair "Customer Service Company of the Year" awards from local Chambers of Commerce. 

SOURCE Hawkair Aviation