Veteran Airline Exec to Join Hawaiian Airlines Board

December 28, 2016, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated December 28, 2:43 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...

Hawaiian Airlines completed the month of October 2016 as the U.S. airline industry’s top-ranked carrier for on-time performance.
Photo Courtesy

Hawaiian Holdings Inc., the parent company of Hawaiian Airlines Inc., today announced the return of Donald J. Carty to both companies’ boards of directors effective Friday, Dec. 23, 2016.

Carty, a seasoned airline executive, has served on the Hawaiian Holdings board twice before, from July 2004 to February 2007 and again from April 2008 to May 2011.

“Don Carty possesses deep experience with and understanding of both the airline industry and publicly traded companies and we are delighted to welcome him back to the boardroom,” said Lawrence Hershfield, chairman of the board of Hawaiian Holdings Inc.

Carty most recently served as chairman of the board of Virgin America Inc., a position he held from 2006 to 2016, until the acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines was consummated.

Carty has held numerous executive leadership roles during his career, serving as chairman and chief executive officer for AMR Corporation and American Airlines, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Pacific AirLines and vice-chairman and chief financial officer of Dell.


He is also a director of Canadian National Railway Company.


Carty joins board members Lawrence S. Hershfield, chairman; Mark B. Dunkerley; Randall L. Jenson; Crystal K. Rose; William S. Swelbar; Richard N. Zwern; Joseph Guerrieri, Jr.; Duane E. Woerth; and Earl E. Fry.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Mahalo for Subscribing


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments