SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
June 9, 2017
(Date of earliest event reported)
ALASKA AIR GROUP, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
19300 International Boulevard, Seattle, Washington
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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ITEM 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers
On June 9, 2017, in order to dedicate more focus to his role as managing director of Knight Angels Consulting LLC, a private equity and philanthropic organization, Jessie J. Knight, Jr. voluntarily resigned from the boards of directors of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc., Virgin America Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., effective June 9, 2017. Mr. Knight will relinquish seats on the Governance & Nominating Committee and the Safety Committee of the Company’s board of directors.
Mr. Knight has served as a director of Alaska Air Group, Inc. since 2002, seeing the Company through a variety of industry changes. His service and leadership helped ensure the Company not only avoid bankruptcy following 9/11, but helped position it for growth, including through its most recent transaction of acquiring Virgin America Inc.
In connection with Mr. Knight’s resignation, the number of seats on the Company’s and its subsidiaries’ boards of directors was decreased by action of each board from 10 to 9.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
ALASKA AIR GROUP, INC.
Date: June 14, 2017
/s/ Kyle B. Levine
Kyle B. Levine
Vice President, Legal and General Counsel